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Pretzel Nuggz
Flash-fried & salted. Served with warm cheese sauce & spicy horsey mustard for dipping.
Spinach, Stout & Artichoke Dip
Our house-made recipe for beer lovers. Topped with a drizzle of fire sauce & served with tortilla chips.
Meat Head Pizza Rolls
Pepperoni, hickory-smoked bacon, chorizo & mozzarella; deep-fried in a crispy wonton. Served with choice of house-made marinara sauce or ranch dressing
Buffalo Rolls
Grilled marinated chicken breast dressed with fire sauce &blue cheese crumbles; deep-fried in a crispy wonton. Served with blue cheese dressing or ranch.
Nacho Business
Fresh tortilla chips, topped with choice of chipotle-lime marinated chicken or chorizo, pickled jalapeno peppers, fresh pico de gallo, chili con karma, shredded pepper jack cheese, chipotle black bean dip, and garnished with cilantro & sour cream.
Curd Your Enthusiasm
Battered Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds with avocado-ranch dressing.
The Wings
Basket of jumbo chicken wings tossed in choice of lava, fire or smoky BBQ sauce. Served with choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing & celery.
Double Dip Yer Chip
Two unique house-made HopCat dips on one plate: BUFFALO GUACAMOLE is our house guac topped with blue cheese crumbles. CHILI CON KARMA is our pepper-jack queso & our five pepper beef chili, topped with fresh pico de gallo. Both garnished with scallions & house fire sauce and served with seasoned tortilla chips.
Mexican-Style Street Corn
Street-style Mexican corn on the cob, crema, ancho chili flakes, grated parmesan, cilantro.
Top 10 French Fries in America - Food Network Magazine
Cosmik Fries
Beer battered fries sprinkled with our signature cracked black pepper seasoning. Served with a side of warm cheese sauce for dipping
Loaded Cosmik Fries
Cosmik Fries topped with cherry smoked bacon, red onion & pickled jalapeño, smothered in warm cheese sauce
Sloppy Cosmik Fries
Cosmik Fries with our Sloppy Joseph, cheese sauce & scallions.
Vladimir Poutine
Cosmik Fries topped with potato & cheese pierogi, Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds, stout caramelized onions & hickory smoked bacon smothered in spicy sausage gravy.
Have your soup in a signature pretzel bowl for $2.50 extra
Cup $5.0
Bowl $7.0
Veggie Chili
Loaded with beans, jalapeño & bell peppers, onion & tomato. Served with sour cream & tortilla chips. Pairs well with beer!
Cup $5.0
Bowl $7.0
Five Pepper Beef Chili
Award-winning, really. Stocked with beef, pork, beans, jalapeño & chipotle peppers, bell peppers, onion & tomato. Served with sour cream & tortilla chips
Cup $5.0
Bowl $7.0
Cheese Ale Soup
Rich & creamy with garden fresh carrots, celery & onion. Garnished with crunchy pretzel croutons.
Cup $5.0
Bowl $7.0
Apple-Tomato Soup
Basically your mom's tomato soup with an apple twist. Topped with blue cheese crumbles.
Southwest Salad
Chopped romaine, shredded pepper jack cheese, avocado, corn, black beans, Roma tomato, red onions, crispy tortilla strips.
Spinach Salad
Fresh spinach, blue cheese crumbles, apple, red onion, pecans, raisins, raspberry vinaigrette & crunchy pretzel croutons.
Cobb Salad
Chopped romaine, shredded house blend cheese, hickory smoked bacon, turkey, hard boiled egg, Roma tomato, red onions & celery w/ house-made ranch.
Killer Mac & Cheese
Shell noodles smothered in cheese sauce. Have it as is, create your own or try one of our favorite combos.
The Flying Pig
Half rack of pork ribs & 2 chicken wings, glazed in a smoky bbq sauce. Served with elotes & house baked beans.
(2) $10.0
(3) $12.5
Better Living Through Tacos
Served in flour or corn tortillas with fresh avocado & house-made lava sauce. Feel free to sub a chipotle black bean patty. Served two ways, you choose: BLACKENED TILAPIA with sesame-citrus slaw, or CHIPOTLE-LIME BEER CHICKEN with shredded pepper jack cheese & fresh pico de gallo.
Fish & Chips
Hand-dipped, beer-battered Alaskan cod, served with sesame-citrus slaw, house-made tartar sauce, lemon wedge & Cosmik Fries.
Chipotle-lime beer chicken, chipotle black bean dip, shredded house blend cheese & spinach grilled in a cheddar tortilla. Served on a bed of romaine with salsa & sour cream
The Grand Royale
As seen on the Travel Channel! Sloppy Joseph topped with jalapeños, piled high with Cosmik Fries & smothered in cheese sauce on a local brioche bun. Fork & knife required!
The Kitchen Sink
...Or everything but! A chipotle black bean patty topped with Spanish rice, corn, veggie chili, avocado, pico de gallo & haystack onions, drizzled with avocado ranch & toasted Italian sourdough on the side.
A half-pound custom beef blend stuffed with Wisconsin American cheese on a fresh brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle slices & Cosmik Fries. Stuffed burgers are cooked on the flattop medium/medium-well.
Bar Zee Part Deux
A signature stuffed burger topped with jalapenos, hickory smoked bacon, house-made bar cheese & an onion ring.
Stella Blue
A signature stuffed burger topped with our house cheese sauce, blue cheese crumbles, hickory smoked bacon & an onion ring.
Cowboy Stuffed Burger
A signature stuffed burger topped with spicy fried jalapeño peppers, pepper jack cheese, smoky BBQ sauce & hickory smoked bacon & an onion ring.
Mushroom & Swiss Stuffed Burger
A signature stuffed burger topped with porter mushrooms, Swiss cheese, blue cheese-black pepper mayo & haystack onions.
A half-pound custom beef blend of brisket, sirloin & ground chuck, served with Cosmik Fries & pickle slices. Add cheese sauce or avocado: $1.25; add bacon: $2.25; substitute with an Impossible Burger patty: $1.50.
Plain or with a choice of cheese; cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss, dill Havarti, Muenster, smoked Gouda, feta or blue cheese crumbles or bar cheese. Served with lettuce, tomato & onion
Original Bar Zee
THE HopCat signature burger! Hickory-smoked bacon, pickled jalapenos, bar cheese, lettuce, tomato & onion.
Our house-made, herbed turkey burger patty is topped with chilled marinated tomatoes, basil, lemon, garlic & feta cheese crumbles with spinach & pesto aioli
Vegan Impossible Burger
Impossible burger with vegan jalapeno mayo, marinated tomato, pickled red onion and spinach. Served on a pretzel bun.
Served with Cosmik Fries & pickle nuggz
BBQ Pulled Pork
Slow-roasted pulled pork, smoky BBQ sauce. Served on Texas toast with Swiss cheese, sesame-citrus slaw and haystack onions.
Hopcat BLT
HopCat's take on a classic! Hickory smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato & blue cheese - black pepper mayonnaise on grilled rye.
The Supper Club Wrap
Turkey & hickory smoked bacon with Wisconsin Swiss & cheddar cheese with fried egg salad, avocado, tomato, spinach & garlic aioli in a cheddar-jalapeño wrap.
Nashville Hot Chicken
Skin-on chicken thigh with our Nashville hot seasoning, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion & pickles on a brioche bun.
Madtown Grilled Cheese
A trio of Wisconsin dill Havarti, smoked Gouda & Muenster on grilled Italian sourdough with apple slices, garlic aioli & honey. Served with a cup of apple-tomato soup topped with blue cheese crumbles.
Classic Corned Beef11.0
California Turkey11.0
Kincaid Veggie11.0
The Reubens
Deli-style corned beef or turkey on grilled light rye bread with Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing & your choice of sauerkraut or sesame-citrus slaw.
Damn Good Fish Sandwich
Seasoned tilapia filet on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato & onion. Served with house-made tartar sauce & a lemon wedge.
Braised Beef Dip
Porter-braised beef piled on a French roll topped with Swiss cheese, blue cheese-black pepper mayo, haystack onions & au jus.
Served a la carte, $3.25
Sesame-Citrus Slaw [cup]
House Baked Beans [cup]
Killer Mac & Cheese [cup]
Mexican-Style Street Corn [2]
Cosmik Fries
Beer-Battered Onion Rings
House Salad
Peanut Butter Porter Pie
Made with porter reduction, vanilla bean ice cream, and crushed peanut butter cups in a chocolate graham cracker crust and garnished with stout fudge sauce.
Creme Brulee Cheesecake
Topped with fresh strawberries, pirouline cookie & bourbon caramel sauce.
US$10 - US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Hop Cat on the recommendation of a co-worker while in town on a business trip. Too bad it wasn’t a Friday night because I bet the place is popping. Weekday afternoon and it was pretty quiet but the food was great. Had a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank T6410JRgaryd
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Swung by this place upon the recommendation of someone else because it had a large varied menu and a huge selection of beers. Apparently it's a small chain with restaurants around the country. We were there on a Tuesday at dinner time and th solace...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mark H
Reviewed November 3, 2018

We were a group of 10 and the waitress was fantastic remembering all our orders and our favourite drinks. The food was ok, I would prefer some more 'simple' meals that don't include so many things that our group wanted exchanged. Thanks for a good...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank bronandcasey
Reviewed October 20, 2018

I stopped here for lunch when I was in Madison for a work conference (actually, stopped in twice) and while I only had an appetizer and beer, both experiences were good. It wasn't busy when I was there, so getting my beer and food was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Naberius
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Went for a family visit and was not expecting much. They managed to surpass my expectations. Very typical bar and food spot but with a great Wisconsin twist. Many similar establishments in the area where not as friendly and offered as good quality food I...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank GoldenKnights702
Reviewed October 5, 2018

$46.42 for two not-great drinks and one "signature" burger. My $12 burger was tasty enough (although really overcooked for a medium-rare). My Tanqueray and seltzer (x2) came without lime or other garnish- just a cheap plastic straw. When I ordered the first drink, the waitress...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BB-MadCity
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Over 100 beers on tap and lots of seating at tables or bar. I tried the Czech style Pilsner. Not bad. Probably 50 people can sit around the bar! A fun place to have a beer.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank McFerrid
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Stopped in for dinner on recommendation from others in our group. Lots of choices on the menu and plenty of tap beer options. I would have given it a Very Good rating, but two negatives dropped it to average. Service was a bit slow and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank styxfan63
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

In Madison for the day and went in search of craft beer and lunch. Found HopCat on TripAdvisor and loved it. Something like 50 draft beers and very good pub food. If you like beer go here.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JMasonNashville
Reviewed August 22, 2018

A regional chain of bars emphasizing a large and well-curated beer selection and "pub grub". A good place to explore local beers, while the "crack fries" are a particularly good sharable food option. Loud environment near a college campus so be prepared to speak up...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank beerwriter
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