Hardly a Sinker

Titanic Brewing Company

A better sandwich option was the burger. I had mine with cheddar cheese and grilled onions. As if to make myself feel better about how many fat calories I was consuming, I opted for a side of caesar salad instead of French fries. But I found the lettuce so drenched in heavy white sludge that I wondered if I wouldn't have been better off with a pile of fries. So on my next visit I tried them. They were outstanding, especially with the juicy, perfectly seared burger served on an onion kaiser roll with a generous supply of garnishes.

None of the servings was too large, a blessing when it comes time to order dessert. Although most were ordinary and all are made elsewhere, the chocolate pecan pie was divine. It was like eating a chocolatey, maple-syrupy, nutty Hershey bar. Outrageous.

Like any decent college hangout, prices are reasonable. Two hungry coeds can easily escape for less than $40. As added incentive there's a happy hour every evening between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., when all beers are discounted one dollar. So a sixteen-ounce draft costs only $2.50 or $3.50, depending on which you choose. Be careful though. The menu lists the alcohol content of the drafts as anywhere from four to six-plus percent. But based on the buzz a few sips produced, I'd bet some are nearly double that.

Von Glitschka

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Titanic Brewery and Restaurant

5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Details

Fried calamari $5.95

Smoked fish dip $5.95

The essential burger $5.95

Gangplank salmon $14.95

Chocolate pecan pie $3.50

5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables; 305 667-2537. Open daily 11:30 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. (2:00 a.m. on weekends).

The youthful atmosphere can be a plus or a minus depending on your outlook. On a recent Saturday night, some friends and I walked in and back out within minutes when we heard a mediocre garage band hammering out cover tunes. The place was already noisy from the din of young revelers, but as the music started we realized that talking would be out of the question. I've heard that acoustic equipment will soon be installed to muffle the grating noise level. Until then I'd avoid the Titanic on weekend nights. Come instead for happy hour and indulge in beers and appetizers. No need to name it: Just tell your friends to meet you at the new brewery.

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