In a small town like historic Corydon, Indiana — the state’s first capital — it would be easy for a restaurant to phone it in, culinary-wise. After all, there’s not much opportunity for competition and how far are patrons really willing to drive on a regular basis? And yet, Point Blank Brewing Company takes care with all of their menu, made from scratch. They best most city places that merely chuck a frozen box of whatever into the deep fryer. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!
The weekend I was there, their brew lines were down, devastating for a brewery! But, they have about 100 different bottled beers and cider from the region and the world — as well as cocktails — so there were no worries.
As soon as I tucked into “Cranky’s App – a – Palooza” (your choice of 2 or 3 from several appetizers), I knew this wasn’t just some ordinary spot to eat and drink. It’s a beautiful appetizer plate! I picked jalapeno poppers, fried pickles and Scotch eggs. It’s not easy to find Scotch eggs, those breaded, deep fried hard-cooked eggs! There were different house-made dips presented for each item in the basket.The poppers were made with whole, fresh, large jalapenos. They’re not super-spicy, more vegetal in flavor. They’re almost like a chile relleno, they’re so big! I enjoyed the good chicken-fried steak-like batter on the appetizers and they were served in a generous portion.
Wood-fired pizza with house-made sauce and dough? Don’t mind if I do! They have a nice selection of classic toppings, including roasted garlic. I tried that with extra cheese, a great combo.
Do you know anybody who goes out to a casual dinner with the gang and wants to order a steak? I do! I’m that person! It’s good to know that you can get a juicy rib-eye with home-cookin’ style sides. Reminds me of when I was a kid, when we’d have a steak for some special occasion and have some tasty sides. They have broccoli casserole as one of the choices: the broccoli isn’t overcooked (sorry, home cookers!), it’s tangy — is that buttermilk I detect? — and it’s topped with crispy onions.
Desserts are also made in-house — some fancy steakhouses don’t even do that! The chocolate-peanut butter bread pudding’s pretty decadent.