An amazing burger and hand crafted beer for $5.00 in Downtown Grand Rapids

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Great Dining Values in Grand Rapids MI

 For the last month or so, my daughter, Kirstin has been joining co-workers and friends for a burger and a beer after work occasionally.  She's come home with a big smile on her face, and it's not a beer generated smile!  It's that they've found an amazing place where Monday through Thursday from 4-6 pm they can get a ½ pound Angus beef burger with fries and a pint of beer.  And it's no domestic bottled swill, it's interesting, hand-crafted, Michigan brewed beer.  The price?  $5.00.  How can you beat that?!?!?!

Logo from Hopcat, Grand Rapids, MI

So yesterday I had a day where I was all over town, catching up on photos, getting a new battery for a Sentrilock Keybox (the first one I've had to replace, and with a small Allen wrench it was an easy task, unlike some of the competitor's boxes, but that's another story).  When I looked at my watch and remembered that I'd not pulled anything from the freezer to cook for dinner, I realized it was a great opportunity to see for myself Kirstin's burger and beer heaven.

 She was pretty tickled when I called and told her that I'd pick her up at work rather than at the bus stop and that there was a Hopcat visit in her immediate future.

 Located in the Arena District downtown on Ionia Street, we found a parking spot immediately (more confirmation that this was a good choice).  We parked right in front of the Photography Room, which is a great gallery run by Brian Kelly, a local photo genius.  Next time I'll go early to browse the gallery before my burger/beer feast. 

 The vibe is very cool.  Hardwood floors, a huge, long bar with 48-taps. Interesting and unusual artwork on the walls, and great tunes played at just the right volume. Loud enough to get my head bobbin', but not so loud that I had to shout to talk to my daughter and hear her stories from work.  A great mix of songs I've not heard in years, and others that I wasn't familiar with but would love to hear again.

 Kirstin selected a Poet,  a New Holland Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout- (brewed in Holland Michigan where their brew pub serves the best chili I've ever enjoyed) a rich, dark brew that's become her locally brewed favorite.  After much waffling back and forth, I settled on a pint of 555- I.P.A.  a smooth, slightly hoppy beer brewed by The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI.  Then came the burgers!  Grilled to order on a fresh bakery bun, juicy and flavorful.  Traveling with the burger were lettuce, tomato, onion and the normal condiments and a pile of thin cut perfectly fried "Crack Fries" billed as being so good that they're addictive.  I'm not generally a huge fan of seasoned fries, but these were not overpoweringly seasoned so while I'm not addicted, I did enjoy every bite.

 Our server was prompt, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. 

Hopcat has a full menu of interesting dishes, seems to be run by people with a passion for beer and fun.  I'm certain that when I'm downtown and in need of a bite, or a taste of high quality interesting beer, I know exactly where to go.

If you're looking for a new spot, stop at Hopcat and tell them you read about it on my blog!

Located at 25 Ionia (at the Corner of Weston), Hopcat's main floor is non-smoking, but there's a smoking lounge upstairs and a patio when the weather makes that possible.

Photos from the Hopcat website

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Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
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Sounds like fun and what a great price. We will have to check it out.

Feb 04, 2009 12:21 AM #1
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

I suspect that Oatmeal Stout would be a beer you'd be happy with.

Feb 04, 2009 12:33 AM #2
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Nice localism blog, Eric.  We will definitely have to check out Hop Cat.  I saw their name mentioned in

the Beer Winterfest ticket locations.  Thanks for the report!!

Feb 04, 2009 01:12 AM #3
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Laura Cerrano
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Eric, It is hard to find a really great burger here--we have to drive a few towns away but it's SO worth it.  Glad you have Hopcat, it sounds great!

Feb 04, 2009 02:21 AM #4
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Mary Kent
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore

Hey Eric-Great post! Who doesn't love a great burger and beer! I just visited Hop Cat for this first time a few weeks ago and thought "what a great place" I didn't have a burger, but had a beer and app. I'm thinking we need to go back soon for the recommended burger. Best to you in 2009!

Feb 04, 2009 03:00 AM #5
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Hi Bonnie- Thanks!  Watch for another "Burger report soon".  Even though I don't often eat beef, I've found a couple of other amazing  bugers in town.

Carole- Hard to believe that every city doesn't have a great burger!  Another area where Grand Rapids is blessed.  I can think of at least 4 places that have OUTSTANDING burgers. (But they tend to be more than $5.00 and don't include a great beer too.

Mary- Exactly!  I sent a link to Hopcat and got a really nice e-mail back from the Queen-B.  Best to you as well.

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