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Tobacco Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewpub - Durham, NC
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Tobacco Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewpub
Overall: Good    Score: 61.7 / 100
[Closed]
115 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
United States
(919) 688-4505
Listed Since: March 1999
Last Updated: September 2001
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Brewing equipment gathers dust - beer is contract brewed elsewhere. House beers are all VERY weak, not sure how they even get the color. Food not any better. The whole place needs a good cleaning (have seen roaches). Can be dangerous at night (knife/gun incidents in upstairs club not uncommon. Your best bet is to go around the corner to Down Under Pub which is not fancy but decent prices and selections on bottled and draft commercial beers.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Durham, NC
(10/11/2000)

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Yes, this place was quite a let down. They had a fair number of bottled choices available, but as mentioned before, only three "Roadhouse" brews on tap - made and shipped in by Rock Creek in Raleigh. The brew plant is idle and supposedly for sale. As for the facility, it's a fung-shei nightmare - too large yet claustrophic. The patio is nice, but you can't get beers on tap at the garden bar. Go figure.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Tom Rutledge Tom Rutledge, Knoxville, TN
(09/25/2000)

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The March 2 commentor forgot Old Heidelberg, which came right after Weeping Radish...all the "brewpubs" in this space used to use Weeping Radish beers, the last couple have tried making their own. The place is too damn big to support a bar and a restaurant in Durham. It's a shame, really, because each successive owner seems to kill it a little bit more. Someday there should be a reunion of all the previous owners. If they bring their families, I bet the place finally fills up!

Oh, and dump the bathroom murals which have been there since Steve & Clark's opened. Dumb dumb dumb.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Dave Witzel Dave Witzel, New York, NY
(07/02/2000)

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The meal was much better than the beer, and the outside patio was nice but crowded. The club upstairs was terrible though.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Matt Matt, Tuscaloosa, AL
(03/10/2000)

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Located in a rather large space at Brightleaf Square near downtown Durham that can't seem to sustain a brewpub. In the past ten or so years, the place has been the Weeping Radish, French Quarter, Bull City, Steve and Clark's, and now Tobacco Roadhouse. (Am I missing any?) Of those, only the Weeping Radish was any good. Of the others, Tobacco Roadhouse is the worst. Poor selection and quality of beers, large selction but poor quality of food, and really pretty terrible service...that just about sums it up. I'm shuddering just thinking about it.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Rougemont, NC
(03/02/2000)

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I've never felt compelled to do a review before, but this place was too much; actually too little. There were only 3 in-house beers avaiable. The brown was ok, but the red was almost cloyingly sweet, undercarbonated, and way too heavy for a red- just totally out of balance. I didn't try the pale. The food was bland to mediocre, and I could whine at great lengths about the incompetent service. One of my worst dining experiences.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Augusta, GA
(10/04/1999)

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Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bart Fellin Bart Fellin, Flemington, NJ
(09/27/1999)

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They no longer brew on premises, but rent out space at a local brewery. The red is not their own, but a local staple we found at other restaurants.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Paul Kurtz Paul Kurtz, north kingstown, RI
(07/07/1999)

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Two in house beers were available. An Amber and a Brown, described by the waitress as "like Killians and Newcastle". I tried both. The brown was average and the red was below average. Food was good but the place appears dusty and dirty.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Jim Plant Jim Plant, Asheboro, NC
(06/30/1999)

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I knew I was in trouble when we sat down and the waitress told us there was a special on Bud. My first thought was "You're not real proud of your own beers, are you?". Virtually no difference in taste between the Brown and the Red. I won't be going back there anytime soon.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Baton Rouge, LA
(06/25/1999)

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Would love to give a better review to my old hometown brewery, but this place was somewhat marginal. The Honey Wheat (usually tasteless at other places) was surprisingly good, a slight hint of honey making this an enjoyable experience. The Pale and the Red were sufficient as well. If you are in the Durham area, stop in - just don't go out of your way to get here.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Tim Tomlinson Tim Tomlinson, Austin, TX
(05/24/1999)

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Beer available was Bud, Bud lite, Miller, and three of their own -- the server wasn't sure about those. Neither was I, after trying. The red was like Killians, the pale was better, but nothing was amazing. I like the menu (steaks, seafood, etc) and the food is very good, and they have a great outdoor patio (except for the live entertainer who needed help with his pitch). Now they just need some exciting beer.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Robert Luehrs Robert Luehrs, Durham, NC
(04/12/1999)

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Very good brewpub. Beer is excellent.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bart Fellin Bart Fellin, Flemington, NJ
(03/22/1999)





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