TRANSIT Bar (underneath the Youth Hostel) is no longer a dingy hole in the ground with some good music.
They have transformed themselves into a hole in the ground with good music, a truly great selection of interesting beers on tap, and some interesting cheap food options.
Their sandwich boards on the street advertise a $10 pizza and soft drink deal.
But on a day like today the Get Down Brown Ale was beckoning to me as were the hot dogs on the menu.
$7 will get you one, but $12 will do for two. In the event one is more than enough.
There was a significant wait for food and the staff seemed to be making the pizzas and hot dogs on the bar countertop.
A comedy of errors ensued with orders going to the wrong tables.
Well over half an hour after ordering our hot dogs they arrived. Fortunately we’d both ordered two so we could split the pairs as they appeared.
The bun is top notch and the sausage is a wonderful thing, more wurst than hot dog.
One was enough for me and I had to abandon the second one through no fault of its own.
Despite the delay we ended up finishing our beers just after we stopped eating so crisis averted.
On today’s showing I wouldn’t recommend it as a fast bite.
But if you’re happy to wait and enjoy one of the fine selection of craft beers there’s a good cheap lunch to go with it, and the music mix was top notch (Killers, Death Cab For Cutie, and The National spring to mind).
[This article is the twenty third in a series on cheap lunches to be found in and around the city. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . The complete series can be found on our cheap lunches tag]