HopCat – Saturday Restaurant Review
Thursday night we decided to have one last meal before the students start returning to campus next week. We decided to return to HopCat Ann Arbor (311 Maynard St). We first reviewed HopCat in April 2015.
This was only the third visit for my daughter and I, but my husband has been several additional times for lunch with co-workers.
Atmosphere at HopCat
Make no mistake, HopCat is a bar and grill with a strong emphasis on Beer. Those under 21 are admitted with a parent before 9p. The beer menu is nearly the same size as the food menu. A number of the tables are bar height. If you’re bringing small children, you may want to request a regular height table.
Menu at HopCat
HopCat’s menu leans heavily towards sandwiches and burgers with a nice selection of appetizers. There are also a few entrees. Since our first visit, they have added a children’s menu. My daughter declined the children’s menu before I had a chance to ask for it. After I initially published this, a reader shared a picture of the adorably named “Hop Kittens” menu. The following week we visited my sister in Grand Rapids. After reading this review, she suggested the Grand Rapids HopCat for lunch.
Our Food at HopCat
In the past, we have had the Pretzel Nuggz Appetizer which have been replaced by Pretzel Smackz. We decided to branch out this time and try the Loaded Baked Potato Dip appetizer. The dip comes in a pretzel bowl that you can use for dipping. The Baked Potato Dip was less potato tasting than I expected. Next time, we’ll go back to the Pretzel Smackz.
My husband and daughter both ordered the Cowboy Burger for dinner. The Cowboy Burger is my husband’s go-to order at HopCat and what my daughter also had on our last visit. The Cowboy Burger has fried jalapeños on it. My husband commented that the fried jalapeños were spicier this time then in the past. My daughter ended up taking them off since the burger was too spicy. She says she’ll order it again, but maybe ask for it without the fried jalapeños.
I had the Madtown Grilled Cheese. I was definitely intrigued by the sandwich that combines apple slices, several cheeses, garlic aioli & honey. It was served with apple-tomato soup. I definitely enjoyed the sandwich and will order it again.
The portions were quite large. With having an appetizer, my daughter and I both brought home half of our meals (although I ate all of the soup at dinner). We had lunch the next day. Leftovers are the best part of eating out!
HopCat is famous for their Crack Fries. They were named among the Top 10 Best Fries in the country by Food Network Magazine. CrackFries are served with both the burgers and sandwiches, or you can order Crack Fries as an appetizer.
Deals at HopCat
Happy Hour is a great time to visit HopCat. They offer half-off all burgers from 2-6p Mondays through Thursdays. They also have $3.50 Local 30 beers, Well Cocktails, and Wine.