It’s been years since I’ve been to Court Avenue Brewing Company, so we decided to drop by for an early dinner on a recent Saturday.
The look and ambience of CABCO was much the same as I remembered it, with its high ceiling, exposed duct work, heavy wood tables and chairs. Artwork having to do with the history of the Saddlery Building, where CABCO is located and brewing in Iowa, decorate the space.
Of course the handcrafted beers are a big part of the draw here, with house and premium options. But still recovering from a huge lunch, I felt my belly wouldn’t have room for beer and food, so I naturally went with the food.
My eyes immediately went to the sweets on the menu, where the bread pudding ($5.99) caught my attention. With caramel and whipped cream, I seriously considered just having dessert for dinner.
Thinking I should probably eat something other than just sugar, I looked more closely at the other options. Steaks, chops, fresh fish and seafood, brew pub favorites and pizzas are also listed on the menu. The Vegetarian Burrito ($12.99, add portobello for $1.99), filled with falafel, black beans, Spanish rice and mixed greens, in a tomato basil wrap, sounded like a good choice. But so did the seared scallops ($19.99), served over edamame corn succotash and topped with apricot butter. Half a dozen pizzas, from Rajin’ Cajun to Graziano Italia, were also possibilities.
But it was the Southwest Spring Rolls ($7.99) that I finally settled on. The smoked pork, cheddar jack, black beans, corn and onion wrapped in the golden crisp shell all melded together for a satisfying mix of flavors. The pork’s flavor was balanced by the tang from the balsamic glaze, drizzled over the top and the side of sweet chili sauce, which I love and liberally used.
Suffice it to say, I was stuffed after the rolls, and sad that I was too full to have any bread pudding. Dessert will just have to come first on our next visit.Court Avenue Brewing Company
309 Court Ave.
Hours: Sun. – Thur.: 11 a.m.-midnight
Friday – Saturday
(November through April)
11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday (May through October), 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Phone: (515) 282-2739