Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review--Chops & Hops Restaurant in Watkinsville, Georgia

Aimee couldn't wait for the picture before diving in. It was THAT good!
On Black Friday we decided to visit Chops & Hops for an early dinner. We had heard nothing but good things from several of our Athens friends and had the pleasure of meeting the owner/chef, Richard Miley, at the cask ale fest at Aromas earlier in the month. The place is huge with multiple floors for dining and impeccable decoration with 15 taps and a superb bottle selection. We also liked how they managed to convey an older building feel inside even though it's a relatively new building. We started off with a glass from a new brewer in town called Wild Heaven. We had their Ode to Mercy, an Imperial Brown Ale. We both finally decided to try the special for the day...BBQ pulled pork melt on a hoagie roll with cole slaw and seasoned fries. Absolutely delicious with a glass of Avery's IPA for Aimee and a Napa Smith Organic IPA for James. Richard also had us try a sample of the Chipotle grits--super cheesy with a nice kick! We then moved on to a recently created dessert that you must try. A slice of their Andes mint chocolate pie paired with Terrapin's Moo-Hoo. Unbelievable goodness in every bite. We finished our visit with a brief chat over a Dogfish Head Burton Baton with Richard. We left pleasantly stuffed and thinking about when we would visit again! If you're in the Athens or Watkinsville area, please stop by and check out the gastronomic delight that is Chops & Hops and tell them we sent you!

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