Today on the Bite Tonight: Jolly Pumpkin
Although new to the Midtown neighborhood (they opened the doors April 11th), Jolly Pumpkin is not new to Metro Detroit. Detroiters have been well familiar with the local brew since it popped up in stores and on taps in the area. Jolly Pumpkin not only is brewing some tasty beer, but also offers infused vodka, gin, rum, bourbon, and agave as well as craft cocktails. The menu is what I like to refer to as “healthy comfort food with a twist” and their pizzas are my favorite. Not to mention, Jolly Pumpkin is incorporating some unique flavors and creative combinations. Check out the Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich with sesame cilantro slaw, tumeric aioli, spicy pickles on a sriracha brioche bun. Talk about a flavor bomb! Amanda and I met up for celebratory dinner and drinks a few weeks ago. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Price: 4 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (menu and creativity)
Strawberry Infused Vodka: Light, refreshing, and slightly sweet. Perfect drink to end summer with.
Mystery Ale: Since I am not a beer drinker by any means, I asked the bartender to pour me something light and fruity. He brought me a lemon-y ale which I am not even sure is still on tap (I couldn’t find anything close on the menu). It was exactly what I wanted and delicious.
Korean Shortrib Pizza: Scallions, mozzarella cheese, black sesame, arugula, and sesame soy vinaigrette. Say Whaaaat?? Delicious! One of the best specialty pizzas I’d ever had. It was sweet, slightly spicy, but fresh and light from the arugula. This is the best pizza because I didn’t feel bad about eating it at 10 P.M. This pizza was not greasy at all and the crust was thin, but still had a nice chewy texture. I thought the shortrib would be heavy, but surprisingly it wasn’t. I really appreciated how the toppings were evenly distributed and you got a little bit of everything in each bite.
Service was good and the vibe is chill. Everyone is there for the same reason: to enjoy killer food and drinks. Jolly Pumpkin not only has good beer, but they also have amazing food. With breweries sometime you run into good drinks, but mediocre food or even a limited food menu. Jolly Pumpkin is serving up really good comforting dishes in a sophisticated way. Their food ignites your palate and pairs perfectly with the freshly brewed artisan ales. It’s great if you are looking for a light salad, hearty vegetarian sandwich, or a late night pizza. It’s what I like to call “feel good food.”
Thanks for a night out, Amanda. We need another pizza date soon! <3