Waldorff Brew Pub & Bistro
105 East State Street
Visited on January 28, 2012
One of the amazing things about Michigan is that there are brewpubs EVERYWHERE. Even out in the middle of nowhere, a good hour’s drive to the nearest decent-sized city.
The Waldorff Brew Pub & Bistro is one of those brewpubs.
A good haul outside of Grand Rapids in the charming downtown of Hastings lies a diamond in the rough. Built into an old red brick historical building, the Waldorff is gorgeous and charming while somehow maintaining a hip, modern edge. Hardwood floors, exposed brick, neutral solid colors and banners hanging from the ceiling give this place a welcoming vibe. If I lived close, I might never leave.
The food ranges from upscale pub food to nearly fine dining. Schnitzel sliders (awesome idea), portabella fries (another awesome idea) and guacahummus (yet another awesome idea) are just a few of the appetizers you can choose from. I had a smoked corned beef reuben – because house-made corned beef isn’t enough, it has to be smoked too – while my girlfriend enjoyed a monte cristo. Both were fabulously delicious. It seems like you could come here several time a week and not run out of fun, interesting dishes to try.
The beer also was solid, which shouldn’t surprise anyone being as close as it is to Grand Rapids. After enjoying a large sampler of double-digit glasses, I settled on a honey rye as being my favorite offering. But it was a close call with a malty, not-too-sweet amber ale and a solid nitro stout.
The service for our lunch was impeccable. Of course, we were the only ones there at the time, but I’ve been to plenty of places where a bored wait staff gets caught up with each other to know that good service is good service, no matter how busy the place.