Night out on the town: This place is fantastic!!! To start you off there are 100 beers on tap! The largest amount in the state, check it out! There are also two other HopCats, one in Detroit and one in Grand Rapids so we can share the fun!
They are all microbrews including the Michigan local brews. Don't ask for a Bud Lite here, you will be disappointed. However, if you love beer this is your place!
I went with the local, of course, a Shorts Brewery Heifeweizen, the Beach Wheat. My sister-in-law got a grapefruit ale. Super yummy! Another fun part is that they are actually served in the proper beer glasses. We all had a different glass based on the type of beer we ordered, either a pint glass, weizen, lager or tulip.
Family dinner: pop, juice and lemonade are the choices. Because it is a bar don't ask for milk! And sadly for my daughter, they did not have root beer. Her response was,"but they have beer here, why not root beer?"
We ordered their pretzel nuggtz for an appetizer. They come with honey mustard and cheese. The cheese was so good!! We had an issue with double dipping on the kids end because they loved the cheese so much! There was also quite a bit of grabbing when it came to the last few nuggtz.
Their menu is simple but creative. Traditional bar food with a flare! For appetizers you can go traditional with the pretzel nuggtz, the secret recipe beerbar cheese or wings or you can go crazy with sausage chipotle Munster cheese dip, bruschetta or even mussels! They also have soups and salads for a meal or supplement.
The meal menu is so fun, I had a very hard time deciding what to order. They have Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork, seen here with their loaded "crack" fries (of course my brother had to get them loaded).
|Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork|
My sister-in-law ordered the quesadillas, that are not your ordinary variety kind, they have chicken, chipotle black beans, spinach and cheese. Served with pico and sour cream. SO good!!!!
|Grand Royal Sandwich|
I was so busy taking pictures of everyone else's food before they ate it, I forgot to take a picture of my own meal. So you will just have to take my word, that it was well presented and super yummy. I ordered the Porter Braised Beef, beef braised in beer and topped with haystack onions and a blue cheese, black pepper mayo. I took a chance on this one out of sheer curiosity. If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of blue cheese (one of the only things I really don't like) but sometimes you need to see what a good culinary mix can do. I was very happy with my decision. This sandwich was awesome!!! The meat was tender and the blue cheese gave the mayo tanginess that added just the right amount of flavor for the beef. And of course who doesn't love haystack onions. I was a very happy girl!
They have many other great options such as the HopCat BLT, Bacon , lettuce and tomato with the blue cheese black pepper mayo on lite rye (my choice at the next visit).
Of course, all sandwiches come with the "crack" fries and you have a choice to add another side of something like the mac and cheese or a soup for an additional cost.
|Damn Good Fish Sandwich|
Now don't worry they also have burgers, because there is no way to have a bar without a burger!!! You can go with The Classic, with your choice of cheese on a brioche bun or you can try one of their signature burgers, the I Love Olive, which is topped with the special olive sauce, swiss and blue cheese, or the Cowboy, jalapeno, pepper-jack, bacon and BBQ. They also have a turkey burger and a vegan patty.
We had a great night at HopCat and we were all happy!!!