Looking for something to do this weekend? Friday Night Bites has you covered.
It doesn't feel like that long ago that I was heading to Ypsi to go to BW3 for quarter wings, $2 tall boys and karaoke before heading back to Ann Arbor to close out the night at Rick's. I got a hangover just from typing that sentence. In the 8 or 9 years since I've done that, B-dubs is long gone (replaced by Korey's Krispy Krunchy Chicken) and a solid Friday night now consists of a good meal and a couple craft brews. With that in mind, we headed to Wurst Bar for some elevated sausages and then to Sidetrack for one of the best MI beer lists around.
|The best... forget it, the puns write themselves at Wurst|
On my most recent visit, I went for the special wurst of the day - the hopwurst - on a pretzel bun with kimchi-kraut, while Mrs. T got the Red Rock smoked kielbasa with caramelized onions and spicy peppers. The kimchi-kraut, a blend of pickled carrot, cabbage, and broccoli, is a great topping that I could see working well on a lot of sausages. Mrs. T's kielbasa with onions was straightforward and delicious. I hit it with a bit of creole mustard - one of about 5 sauces on the table. Meat isn't the only focus at Wurst - they also have a good beer list and extensive whiskey collection.
Down Cross Street across the river in Depot Town is Sidetrack Bar & Grill.
|your trivia for the day: what two antlered-animals are on Michigan's flag?|
|Watch for passing trains|
I was there during a takeover event by Shorts Brewing (Bellaire, MI). I had their Evil Urges, a dark, strong Belgian Ale that would be perfect on a cool fall day. Mrs. T tried their summer seasonal Beach Wheat - an easy-drinking, fruity Hefeweizen. Finally, I couldn't leave without trying Strawberry Short's Cake, a golden ale brewed with strawberries and sugar for sweetness and a certain variety of malt to give a hint of biscuit flavor to complete the shortcake taste.
Ypsi does not get the hype it deserves. With a burgeoning food scene and established member of the craft beer movement, it certainly belongs in your weekend rotation.