I think one of the best things ever created is cheese. I will admit that I’m a bit of a cheese fiend because I like them all. Mild, stinky, crumbled, soft, hard, salty, solid, liquified and yes even the more processed variety (for grilled cheese purposes and don’t judge me!). For this particular blog entry, I will discuss the elusive cheese curd. They are not easily found at most markets and the fresh ones are even harder to get because “fresh” in this sense is considered made the same day. You can tell the freshness of the curds by the squeak of the cheese.
So now that you know how I feel about cheese, imagine how I feel about cheese being battered and then deep fried. I won’t lie, it’s pretty fantastic and it’s hard not to eat too many when they serve a large portion of them to you. The Hawthorne Hophouse has them on both the happy hour and regular menu. It’s definitely something that should be shared even though every dietician would probably advise you to stay away from them entirely. The only thing that stopped me from consuming too many was the plate of poutine that I ordered which contained even more curds so I was bordering on cheese overload. Not necessarily a good thing if you know what I mean.
Overall they have better than average pub food. The mac and cheese is creamy and dreamy and you can order it plain or try their rotating flavors. The ciabatta bread they serve it with is butterly delicious. My friends and I have sampled several items and all were pretty good. The only thing I think they need to work on is their dessert menu. The stout cake I ordered was not cake-y at all. It was more of a thick mousse consistency which would have been ok if I ordered mousse. Other than that, the service was decent; nothing overly friendly but nothing that would cause me to not give a good tip or come back.
6 beers – $3.50
12 beers – $6.50
24 beers – $12.00