The menu is meat-heavy, which is what you’d expect when the owners are an award-winning barbecue team. Creative burger combos form the core of the menu, and dinner entrees include panini and pub classics.
Despite being tempted by the poutine and pretzel appetizers, we started with the Southern Spread, which came with juicy, snappy sausage (that barbecue background has really benefited the Downing Street menu) served with house-made pimento cheese and crunchy, crumbly garlic crostini.
When our entrees came, I got serious order envy. I had opted for the pastrami plate, which consisted of slabs of house-smoked pastrami served alongside roasted potatoes and cabbage. I found myself craving a little more tenderness in the pastrami and a little more depth of flavor in the cabbage. Although, I probably would have been perfectly satisfied with my meal had I not tasted Vivian’s shepherd’s pie. Her cast iron ramekin arrived with a steaming crust of mashed potatoes, and hidden beneath was a thick lamb stew. The potatoes were creamy, and the stew was luscious and rich. I experimented with different stew-to-potato ratios and discovered that there is no wrong way to do it.
The food was hot, filling and comforting, making the trek to Hollister worth the inevitable extra beer and potato pounds now sitting around my waistline.