Review: Cock and Bull

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The Happy Mouth Supper Club journeyed to Glendale for the Cock and Bull a couple of weeks ago.  Jay, a big fan of the pub environment, chose the spot, and chose well.  The name sounds familiar because it is the sister restaurant of the Cock and Bull in Covington– a great place to sit outside and sip a beer, but I’d never had their food.

There were about ten of us, and we started off with beer.  I chose a Guinness 250th Anniversary stout, which was… surprisingly good!  I love regular Guinness, and I describe this as a summer Guinness- lighter, less head, a bit more bitter, and good for sipping on a hot summer’s day.  There’s a lot less of that chocolate and coffee overtone, so it would pair well with lighter dishes.  Not that I got a lighter dish.

Terry and I both went for burgers– he chose the Bull Burger, which is a classic burger with the usual trimmings, with cajun mayonnaise on the side.  He ordered it medium, and medium it was– cooked to order, good toppings, and the cajun mayonnaise was a nice touch (though not terribly British).

I ended up with the 3B Burger– Bacon, Balsamic and Blue cheese.  This was a really fun pick– bacon is always good, of course, but I love sweet, acidic balsamic with sharp, creamy blue cheese.  Especially on a burger that was cooked to a nice medium rare.  I only ate half– but man, was it tasty!

I got the cole slaw– which was nice, but not remarkable.  Terry got fries that were okay, but nothing special.  Again, the focus is on the burger, not on the sides.

I liked the atmosphere, but the upstairs band was a bit too loud for ten people to converse, so a couple of us moved downstairs for more beer.  I don’t get out to Glendale often, but this seemed to be a nice, “neighborhood bar” sort of setting that happens to have good food– they really do the pub scene right.

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5 Comments

  1. Randy Simes says:

    The Cock & Bull in Covington has a fantastic location and is lots of fun…haven’t yet been to the sister Glendale location.

  2. Greg says:

    We’ve been hitting C & B on a monthly basis since they opened. Great beer selection & pretty good food. Was the outdoor patio open?

  3. CincyCapell says:

    I hope that the C&B’s Glendale location has higher sanitation standards than their Covington location. I’ve been in Covington’s kitchen and their basement food storage area many times, and let’s put it this way: I only drink there. I would never eat anything there. Ever. I have been in dozens and dozens of kitchens around town as part of my job, and C&B Covington is about the worst I’ve been in.

  4. Cock and Bull have two other locations, too, in MainStrasse and in Hyde Park.  Try Hyde Park’s Root Beer on tap…over Graeter’s vanilla ice cream.  It’s a big mug of fabulosity.  Perfect to cap off “date night”. 

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