One of Downtown Detroit’s newest neighbor: HopCat
With 7 locations in the Midwest, HopCat recently moved into a new home on Woodward Ave in Midtown, Detroit. With over 130 craft beers on tap and a menu consisting of scratch made grub, the bar and restaurant opened it’s doors in December 2014. They are getting tons of exposure and Food Network just named HopCat’s crack fries America’s Top 10 Best French Fries in their July-August addition. Since neither of us had been, a co-worker, April and I decided to check out what all the fuss was about. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Price: 4 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites
Service: 4 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites
We started with Blake’s Hard Cider: Light, crisp, and refreshing.
Nacho Burger: Pepper jack cheese, avocado, spicy fried jalapeño peppers, tortilla strips, and pico de gallo served with crack fries. Delicious! I thought the south of the border heat would be too spicy for me, but the fried jalapeno’s were surprisingly subtle. The creaminess of the avocado with the crunchy tortilla strips really amped up this burger. Oh the crack fries! I had mixed feelings about these because I thought how good could fries be? They were awesome! Super crunchy, lightly seasoned, and perfectly golden. The flavor was elevated to another level when dunked in creamy ranch. Yum!
Turkey Burger: Our house-made, herbed turkey burger patty is topped with chilled marinated tomatoes, basil, lemon, garlic & feta cheese crumbles with spinach & pesto aioli. I didn’t try this one, but April told me it was yummy.I really liked that the toppings were full of flavor because sometimes a turkey burger can be labeled as boring. The lemon and pesto aioli really added brightness and the feta gave this burger that mouth watering saltiness.
Lucky for us it was happy hour which means half off burgers and $3 select drinks! Service was good and the food was pretty tasty as well. I will be honest, I wanted to wait until all the hype of the opening died down. I heard horror stories about how busy HopCat was when they first opened and how service suffered as a result. We went after work on a Tuesday and it wasn’t busy at all. I also really dig how important the environment is to the HopCat’s owners. They recycle and compost as much of their waste as possible. HopCat offers gluten free beer and food items and growlers to fill with your favorite brew. The only bad thing would be the parking. They offer valet and have suggested parking on the website. If you haven’t made a trip in, put it next on your grocery list!
Thanks for great conversation, April! Let’s do it again soon.