What to Expect at Hops N Scotch, Opening in Coolidge Corner Next Week
Photos by Leah Mennies
As anyone who lives in Coolidge Corner knows, there’s a void when it comes to the dining scene—there’s Coolidge Corner Clubhouse for a pint and a plate of bbq chicken nachos, and Regal Begal for sophisticated cocktails and tuna tartare. But there’s nothing really in between. Hoping to bridge this gap (at long last) is Hops N Scotch, a new restaurant from the owners of nearby Coolidge Corner Wine and Spirits that will be soft-opening next Friday.
It’ll be a haven for beer and whiskey fans, with 40 brews on draft (from the likes of Pretty Things, Blatant, and BBC) and about 120 different types of whiskey available. Food-wise, East by Northeast alum Clinton Cox will be running the kitchen—you won’t find an Asian cuisine, though, as the chef will offer southern-comfort dishes like fried green tomatoes with buttermilk dressing, blackened catfish po’ boys, chorizo-coated Scotch eggs with bourbon-mustard sauce, and fried root beer custard pie (dang).
While many will choose to hang out at the large 15-seat bar, there’s also an expansive upstairs area for those seeking a quieter meal.
An extra bonus? The bar will stay open until 2 a.m. on weekends. For a more in-depth look at the food offerings, see below.
SAMPLE MENU (there will also be more straightforward burgers and salads, plus seasonal rotating specials)
Fried Green Tomatoes – crispy fried green tomato slices, buttermilk dressing
House Made Beer Bread – Griddled Allagash White Beer Bread, house pimento cheese
Southern Scotch Eggs – Spicy house-made chorizo sausage wrapped around a soft-boiled egg, battered and fried till crispy, bourbon-mustard dipping sauce
Blackened Catfish Po’Boy – Blackened catfish fillet, house cole slaw, pickles, spicy Cajun remoulade, toasted french roll served with hand cut french fries
Grilled Pork Chop – Seasoned Pork Chop grilled medium and topped with an apple-poblano chutney, served with grilled asparagus, sauteed spinach
Summer Risotto -Creamy Parmesan risotto, summer vegetables, topped with crispy onions
Beer Braised Short Ribs – Beef Short Ribs braised slowly in a beer stock served with mashed potatoes, summer vegetables and a rich beer braise reduction
Fried Chicken – Crispy fried, buttermilk chicken thigh and drumstick, served with cheesy grits, cabbage slaw and a spicy honey dip
Fried Pie served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
-Bananas Foster Pie with a butterscotch rum sauce
-Root Beer Custard Pie
Ice Creams and Sorbets
-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
-Brown Sugar, Pecan, Bourbon Ice Cream
-Spicy Watermelon Margarita Sorbet
-Chocolate Mocha Bread Pudding