Cypress Street Pint and Plate, you let me down. I’m the go to person in my group for restaurant / bar recommendations and without giving it a second thought recommended Cypress Street Pint and Plate in Midtown for a recent group outing. I had been to Cypress Street Pint and Plate before, and thought the food, service and atmosphere were all decent. Did I mention we were taking an out-of-towner here?
I’m guessing this must be an after work crowd that frequents Cypress Street Pint and Plate, because for a Saturday night, it wasn’t nearly as crowded as I would have expected it to be. It was by no means deserted, just not very crowded for a midtown pub.
If you’ve not been to Cypress Street Pint and Plate, there is the centrally located bar which is surrounded by booths that would accommodate groups of 4 to 6. There is another room off to the side that accommodates large groups, which we were seated in. It was absolutely FREEZING in here the entire evening. Most of us kept our coats on the entire time as it was too cold to take them off. Not exactly how you want to spend the evening. And I don’t know what was going on with the smell but there was a highly offensive smell on one side of the room (like a baby’s diaper). And there weren’t any babies or kids in the restaurant.
Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s beer selection is ok, but by no means the quality of say a Taco Mac or Porter Bar, but not bad I suppose. Along with about 9 beers regularly on tap and a selection of beers by the bottle, Cypress Street also offers 5 beers on tap that change out weekly. They have a menu of these on their website, but it is not updated regularly, and neither is the food menu. Of the 5 beers that were on the list, they were out of the one and only that I and several others in the group had our eye on – the Tommyknocker Imerpial Nut Brown Ale, made with chocolate and maple syrup. I settled on the Left Hand Stout, a dark, milky beer which I’d had before. Good choice if you want something with a slightly coffee finish to it.
We started out with some appetizers – french fries, onions rings and hummus. The price is small and so are the portions. Five bucks each for both of these options. Don’t worry about filling up on these if you are in a group, it’s just not gonna happen. You are really better off saving your $ and ordering sandwiches or entrees rather than apps. Sandwiches come with your choice of a side and are plenty filling.
The food seems to be reasonable, except for their highly touted meatball sliders. These were awful! I forced myself to eat 2 but just couldn’t eat the third, it was disgusting. The description sounds so good – meatballs (how do you screw those up?), caesar dressing, arugula, parmasean cheese. The taste (which I find difficult to articulate) was terrible and at 9 bucks for 3, hardly a bargain.
Really none of the sliders are are bargain. I’ve also had the buffalo chicken sliders and although these were tasty, I just don’t feel justified the $3 a piece. It would be nice if you could mix and match as they have cod, shrimp and chicken as well, but unfortunately you must order 3 of the same for $9.
Others had burgers and sandwiches which I sampled and thought were quite good. The Philly Cheesesteak, Maytag Burger, and Chicken Picatta Sandwich were the highlights of the evening. At about $9 a piece these are a better value as the sandwiches alone offer more in terms of meat / filling than a slider and sandwiches include a side.
So, it wasn’t all bad. The service was actually pretty good. When we arrived for our 8 PM reservation and our table was all set up. They don’t take reservations unless you have 8 or more in your party. We had 10. Now, here’s one thing I have to give Cypress Street props for. Although it clearly states they don’t do separate checks for large parties, our server gladly volunteered to do that without us even having to ask. I don’t know about you, but it is a pain in the arse to separate out what your share is from a large check, especially after you’ve been drinking all night. Kudos to them for doing this.
817 W Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30308
404 815 9243