last week, a friend gushed to me about hydro street brewing company. she went on and on about how it is local-friendly, serving food made only with local ingredients and even listing all of their local suppliers on the menu. she said that they brew their own beer and that the dark ones were especially good. she also said that the food was fresh, creative, and very reasonably priced.
to say we were sold is an understatement. we went for dinner that night!
i immediately loved the cool decor (that dark grey on black striped wall!) and small-town feel.
first, we perused the menu for which beers to choose.
i went with the not your uncles dunkle and brad had the newport red.
we liked them both but weren’t blown away.
then, upon the recommendation from my friend, we got an appetizer – the loaded pots.
um yeah. not healthy at all, but soooo good! we got the garlic parm dipping sauce and were big fans. it’s hard not to like fried potatoes that are covered in cheese and bacon though, right?
moving on to our dinner selections.
i went with the portabella mushrooms (seriously – portabella mushroom anything will be my choice at a restaurant) with a side of fried green beans!
the sandwich was great! the bread fell apart on me a little bit, but it was fine. i just used my fork to eat part of it. the beans were great too! they were fried, but not too much. they still had a little bit of crunch to them! they came with more of that garlic-parm dipping sauce, which was cool since we both really liked it.
brad ordered the beef and beer sandwich with a side of their soup of the day. i can’t remember what was all in the soup, but it was creamy and definitely had leeks in it. it was really tasty though and i’m bummed that i forgot to make a note of it.
can you tell brad was impatient to eat his food? i asked him to please take a non-blurry photo of his meal and that i would do it if he wanted. he said he would do it, but ah-hem. blurry!
i liked his sandwich a lot too. you could definitely taste the beer in the pulled beef and the jalapenos in the sandwich were a nice touch!
even if the food was just so-so, i would want to go back to hydro street just because i really believe in their mission to use local ingredients. luckily, the food is tasty and creative, so i’m extra excited to go back!
just because i loved it – here are some of their local sources for ingredients.
if you’re in the madison area and don’t mind a bit of a drive, head to columbus and try hydro street!
full disclosure: we paid for this meal entirely on our own and i was not compensated in any way for this blog post. as always, this review reflects my honest opinions.
does your town have a strong local food presence?
that’s one of the things i really love about madison – there are so many restaurants that are really devoted to supporting local farmers and vendors. i know i try to vote with my fork as often as possible by eating local!