HopCat Chicago - Chicago
The Grand Rapids-based, craft beer-focused establishment has opened a Chicago outpost, in Lakeview. Once rated the number three beer bar in the world by Beer Advocate magazine, HopCat showcases one of the best beer selections in the world.
At the Chicago location, beer enthusiasts will find 130 beers on tap, 200-plus bottles from around the world and 30 Illinois-made craft beers. The from-scratch, gastropub-style food is meant to match sud selections, of course.
Most items are meant to share at HopCat. Pretzel Nuggz, for example, are flash-fried, salted and served with warm cheese sauce and spicy horsey mustard for dipping. Meat Head pizza rolls are filled with pepperoni, cherry smoked bacon, chorizo and mozzarella. And the signature Crack Fries--beer battered fries sprinkled with HopCat's signature cracked black pepper seasoning--may be topped with chili, poutine or sloppy Joseph mix.
HopCat's brunch menu includes a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.