Chicago: Beer & Mussels at Hopleaf
But when we got there, the dining room was already closed and the bar was very crowded. However, since there were a few of us, we were able to simultaneously order from the bar and scope out seats before last call. We decided to get both the mussels steamed in white wine and steamed in ale. You can get an order for one or two. We got both mussels for two figuring that might be enough for six people. Yowza, there were more than enough mussels and fries!
See that pot of mussels? I swore it had at least 40 mussels in it plus we had another pot of ’em.
They were indeed very good. Most of the table preferred the white wine based broth but I really enjoyed the white ale broth. I very bravely finished the mussels when everyone else tapped out.
The Belgian-style fries were crispy and came with aioli to dip. I opted to dip the fries in the broths.
I may have been overloaded on cocktails so I was glad to enjoy a small glass of Breakfast stout. It was more bracing than I’m used to for a stout but I liked it.
We also got a few other dishes to share including the sausage plate, Brussels sprouts and scallops.
I had a bite of the sausage which was juicy. I was under the impression it was housemade. We got the beans to go with it instead of German potato salad.
You can’t go wrong with Brussels sprouts and these despite the slightly singed look were good.
After having so many great mussels, I had a higher expectation for the scallops. They were all right with celery root and apple slaw plus pumpkin puree, sage oil and rye crumbles.
I’d recommend the mussels and the funky cider we got. My friend said she liked mushroomy ciders with distinct edges of funk. The French one we got definitely fit the bill.
© The Minty 2013