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Brewhouse Cafe

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If you haven't got time for the pain, maybe you should make time for the Painkiller at the Brewhouse Cafe, where Little Five Points imbibers can take a seat on the expansive patio and address whatever malady ails them -- especially Summer Fever.
Or, if you shun the sun, head inside to the dark, pubby interior and pass the time in the shadows. Appetizers range from roasted rosemary garlic to standard jalopeno poppers. Vegetarians have quite a few options including a grilled portabella mushroom sandwich, veggie burger, black bean burger, curried vegetables and more. The bar food is fine and covers everything from chicken fingers and Reubens to fish and chips and bangers and mash. But the pub fare isn't the only thing with an English accent. Soccer often lights up the telly and during World Cup season, match schedules are posted on the website.
Outside, it's hard to imagine anyone feeling bad about things on such a fine patio. But just in case, the Painkiller features Bacardi Select (dark) rum, 1 ounce each of orange and pineapple juices, and cream of coconut. (Pour into an ice-filled shaker, shake and serve over ice.)
Its taste is reminiscent of a fruit smoothie or a Creamsicle. Depending on the depths of one's pain, the drink is offered in two sizes (16 and 24 ounces), and three different levels; Level 1 (one shot of rum), Level 2 (one-and-a-half shots), or Level 3 (a double shot). When I casually mentioned to general manager John McIntyre that I prefer to drink Bacardi Select "straight up" (with a pineapple or OJ "back"), he laughed; "a straight shot of Bacardi Select is our Level 5 Painkiller!"
But it's called the Brewhouse for a reason. A handful of domestic and over a dozen imported beers are on tap, including Boddingtons and the de riguer Guinness and Harp. About 30 foreign and domestic bottled beers are also available and include Anchor Steam, Carolina Blond, Sam Smith Teddy Porter and Veltins. They served my Paulaner with an orange wedge instead of a lemon, but, hey, like I said, it's dark inside.

The Brewhouse Cafe, 401 Moreland Ave. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.-midnight. 404-525-7799.

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