If you’ve been in Five Points you’ve probably driven by Hoptinger and its highly anticipated rooftop. Hoptinger also has locations in Jax Beach and St. Augustine. The Five Points Hoptinger is located next door to Alewife and across the street from Wolfgang and Sun-Ray Cinema. The new bier garden has 64 beers on tap as well and a full bar, but I came to focus on the food!
The inside of the restaurant is huge with high ceilings, TVs on TVs, and plenty of tables for any size group. They also have massive windows that open up to the street for the cool breeze and people watching.
Hoptinger serves their signature bratwurst dawgs, lobster rolls, bone-in pork chops, and stacked burgers. I studied the menu before I came and had my eyes on a few things, but one in particular: Chicken donut?!
Speaking of stacked burgers, they serve a Roulette Burger. The menu reads: “Live life on the edge. It’s a burger, but the rest of the details change based on the Chef’s mood. You don’t know what you’ll get till it hits the table… and even then, you might not know. Go ahead and pull the trigger.” You already know I had to get this. This is the definition of FOOD PORN. The mystery burger came over spring mix topped with deep fried pepper jack cheese, onion rings, red pepper radish, garnished with green onion, house yellow mustard, and garlic lemon aioli. Tell me your mouth isn’t watering now. #hungergames
I couldn’t leave without getting some sausage. I went with the classic Chicago-style dawg. 100% Vienna beef, house-made pickles, sweet pepper relish, lager yellow mustard, cherry tomatoes, diced white onion, and celery salt on a sesame seed bun. They also have a chorizo mac and cheese, and a Korean inspired dawg with kimchi on it.
If you don’t feel like clogging your arteries, you can go for the Vegan and vegetarian menu. They have a tofu bratwurst dawg called the Veggie Might Dawg that comes with avocado, roasted tomato, and Bavarian sweet mustard. Other options include: A roasted portobello burger, falafel burger, and a curry roasted carrot if you’re feeling fancy.
Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-2PM. They have bottomless mimosas and beer-mosas for $10. But the real MVP is the “The Chicken Donut”. Yup. It is only served for brunch. Think chicken and waffles, minus waffles, plus donut sticks. Sweet love from the maple syrup moat and donut sticks, heat from the hot sauce, crunch from the fried beer battered chicken, this dish hurts oh-so-good. This is only for brunch, but it should really be on the full menu!
The roof. The roof. The roof is on fire! Outside looking in, it looks like a small roof, but it’s about half the size of Black Sheep’s, and I’m telling you right now it’s going to be the place to be. The view during the day is lit, but at night, it will be incredible—strings of lights and the Sun-Ray Cinema sign lighting up the night. If you’re reading this, go to the roof. The grand opening is Saturday, April 29th.
Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 4pm-7pm. $3 bar snacks: Wisconsin cheesecurds, fresh baked pretzel sticks, corn dogs, and brats in a blanket. You can also get $3 local beers and house wines, $5 Beer & cocktails.
I was definitely ready for a nap limping out of Hoptinger. Come for one of their 64 beers on tap, stay for brunch, the brats, the burgers, and the booze and get to newest hot spot in Five Points: The Hoptinger rooftop.
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