Americans love their pork. We add bacon to everything, from ice cream to vegetables, and look to discover new and inventive ways to prepare and serve as much of the animal as possible. The pig is featured prominently on the menu at ButaPub (315 Gregory Street), a new casual, American pub located in the historic German House.
Asa Mott, formerly of Max Chophouse, is chef, and has partnered with his father, Edward Mott, to open the business. Asa wanted to find a space in the South Wedge and when the space formerly occupied by Zeppa Bistro became available, he jumped on it. ButaPub will also utilize the upstairs space for special events like live music.
Mott's vision for the food at ButaPub is pub food with an Asian street food influence. Asian influence can also be found in the décor of the space, which is expansive. Lounge areas with plush couches and chairs are mixed in with tables and booths. Mott says he loves the concept of larger format menu items that can be shared between 4 to 6 people. On the current menu, Mott has a 1/2 Roasted Pig Head ($60), served with crispy ear salad, kimchi, mustard, hoisin, steam buns, and rice — as well as a Korean Fried Chicken ($18 for half, $32 for whole bird) that comes with gochujang (a Korean hot pepper paste), kimchi, pickles, and rice.
Back to the pig: Menu items like Pork Rinds served with Korean Chile Flake ($4); Pork Belly Steam Buns ($10); Crispy BBQ Pig Tails ($13); and the ButaPub Ramen ($12) — with pork belly, poached egg, nori, chard, and miso chili broth — all celebrate the swine.
Those looking to take a break from the bacon can indulge in the ButaPub Poutine ($11) – with chicken confit, kimchi, local cheese curds, fried egg and ButaPub gravy. The restaurant currently has two burgers on the menu, the Pub Burger ($10) — with American cheese, dill pickle, caramelized onion, Butapub sauce and bacon — as well as the ButaPub Burger ($12), served on a ramen bun.
The menu is influenced by what local produce is available and will therefore change on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. ButaPub also serves brunch on Sundays. Check the website for menus
ButaPub is located at 315 Gregory Street, and is open Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 563-6241. You can find more online at butapub.com.
Still haven't made those dreaded New Year's plans? Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory Street) will host a beer social featuring selections from Brockport's Stoneyard Brewing Company on New Year's Eve. Tickets for the beer social are $14 and can be purchased at the Tap and Mallet.
ButaPub and the Historic German House will host a New Year's Eve party featuring Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. The event also includes a beer tasting from Three Heads Brewery. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com or http://bit.ly/1swKyaI.
Brown Hound Bistro (6459 State Route 64, Bristol) will serve a New Year's dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person before December 28, $75 after. More information can be found on their website at brownhoundbistro.com. Call 374-9771 for reservations.
Lost Borough Brewing Company has opened at 543 Atlantic Avenue. The brewery has a tasting room and growlers of its craft beer for sale. More information at lostboroughbrewing.com.
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