Part 2 of my Eleven City Diner reviews. How many times have I found a restaurant with two different flavors of house root beer? ZERO! That’s how many. That’s how amazingly epic this place is. Additionally their food is very amazing, as my previous meal demonstrated, but in addition to classics, they also have some very original stuff as well. So I was back for lunch two days later with blonde brews on my mind. To be honest I’ve only heard of one other blonde root beer before so I had no idea what to expect.
This has a light Body with a very prominent vanilla flavor that is rich and creamy. It’s a lot like a cream soda and I do like cream sodas. It is very smooth in the Bite department though the carbonation level is good. The Head is medium-tall and frothy. The Aftertaste is more creamy vanilla.
So this is like a cross between a root beer and a cream soda with all of the darker colored ingredients axed. They do use a little bit of brown sugar in there though. Despite it being far from the center of the root beer spectrum, I really like it, a lot. If you drank it without looking at it, you’d still think it was a root beer. I give this a 4, though barely, with some originality bonus points putting it over. For my lunch I wanted to find a sandwich as different and good as a blonde root beer, and I found it in the #43. A double decker pastrami with a latke in the middle with fried onions and sour cream on a challah bun. Add some spicy brown mustard and … heaven in the form of a sandwich. This place is worth its own pilgrimage. Come for the root beer, stay for the food.