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ARRIVAL: Mystery Diner: It’s not just about brew at Spotted Fox Ale House

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ARRIVAL: Mystery Diner: It’s not just about brew at Spotted Fox Ale House

Call me boring, or simply old-fashioned, but “dinner-and-a-movie” date nights have long been one of my favorite ways to spend a Friday night.

Normally, I catch a flick at the Charlestowne 18 theater in St. Charles, but the dining scene in that area is largely comprised of franchises and chain restaurants; something I try to avoid if it can be helped.

So, when I heard of an ale house popping up in the site of the former Bennigan’s directly across the street from the Charlestowne Mall, I got excited. My only hope was that the food would be just as worthy of a visit as the beer. Turns out it is.

After having already visited the Spotted Fox Ale House once and liked it enough to go back a second time, I decided to do a Mystery Diner column about my third visit.

Serving upscale American contemporary cuisine and 30 craft beers on tap, prices at the Spotted Fox (simply advertised as Ale House on the side of its building to passersby) remain competitive with other area eateries.

I rolled into a packed parking lot – always a good sign – around 7:30 p.m. on a Friday evening.

I approached the hostess who greeted me with a kind smile despite the controlled chaos equivalent to that of any popular restaurant on a busy night.

“It’ll be about a 30-minute wait,” she informed me.

I hesitated as I calculated the amount of time my dining companion and I would have before the start of the 9 p.m. showing of “Django Unchained.”

“OK, that should be fine,” I answered.

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