6 Must-Try Dishes on the New Menu at Growlers in Bella VistaBy Danya Henninger | May 12, 2014 By Danya Henninger | May 12, 2014
How often do you eat a tofu sandwich so good you crave it the next day?
Ever since Jay Willard and Jason Evenchik took over the former Vesuvio’s in 2012 and turned it into Growlers, the corner of Eighth and Fitzwater has been a known destination for craft beer. What hasn’t been talked about is the food at this popular neighborhood hang. That may be about to change.
Michael Thomas, previously chef at Kraftwork, Bar Ferdinand and Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat, is now overseeing the Bella Vista kitchen, and his spring menu offers upscale small plates and entrees sprinkled among comfort food apps and sandwiches.
Wings are still on the menu, available by the pound, and so are housemade potato chips. The pulled pork mac ‘n’ cheese got an upgrade, though - it uses Vermont cheddar and smoked Gouda - and the egg-topped asparagus, while not ground-breaking, is several steps above pub grub. Then there’s that beer-battered tofu sandwich, plus daily specials of seared trout or salmon.
Click through for a look at six of the standouts, and next time you head over for a beer, maybe consider staying for dinner.