Restaurant review: 841 Brewhouse worth trip to Whitewater
Whitewater's 841 Brewhouse worth checking out
By Beth Webb
WHITEWATER—Just past Whitewater's downtown, near where Randy's Fun Hunters Brewery used to be, stands a new restaurant that is worth stopping at for a beer and a burger.
We arrived at 841 Brewhouse after 8 p.m. on a Monday. The place was fairly quiet, but I could imagine it being packed with students on weekends or for football games.
The place is roomy, clean and contemporary, and at the same time homey. The entrance opens directly into the bar area, which is bright with plenty of stools and a couple of televisions tuned to sports channels.
841 Brewhouse's full bar features 12 taps with four dedicated to house brews. It was too late for me to have a beer, but the selection looked great. I'd like to go back to sample a flight of brews, a tasting concept carried over from winemaking.
Our late dining hour didn't stop everyone from imbibing, though. Helene enjoyed a Lakefront Amber on draft while two of our guests tried the house beers. The stout emerged as a favorite.
The dining area is spacious with large windows that line one wall, giving the room an open feel. The comfortable, high-backed booths offer a sense of privacy while the warm woodwork throughout allows for a comforting ambiance.
The menu is pretty standard, with salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. In addition, they have steak, chicken and seafood entrees as well as pasta dishes.
We decided to start with an appetizer and were intrigued by the “tatchos,” a twist on the traditional tortilla chip nachos made with tater tots instead.
With a choice of beef or chicken, they are served with nacho cheese sauce, olives, green onions, tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. We opted for the house version, the 841 tatchos ($6.98), which consisted of tater tots, shredded pork, barbeque sauce and coleslaw.
The tater tots did not hold the other ingredients as easily as a tortilla chip would, so we used forks instead of fingers. The flavors were good, though. The barbeque sauce was tangy and sweet, and the coleslaw added freshness and crunch. Overall, it was an interesting take on a classic brewhouse appetizer.
We also ordered the colby cheese curds ($8.98) and the pepper jack mac 'n' cheese bites ($7.48). While both were good, the mac 'n' cheese bites won out because of their tasty kick—something Helene was able to temper with ranch dipping sauce.
Nikki decided to get the Monday night special, broasted chicken ($8.50). It came in two portions—a quarter or half. With just a small difference in price, it made sense to order the half and go home with leftovers.
The special came with a biscuit, and Nikki chose salad and mashed red potatoes as her sides. The chicken was juicy and tasted freshly fried.
Helene opted for the chicken spinach ravioli ($12.98), which came with soup or salad. The salad was a nice portion of iceberg lettuce, onion, cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices. The lettuce had a snap to it, and the blue cheese dressing was flavorful.
The pillows of ravioli were large, with a big chunk of chicken in each piece and a pronounced spinach flavor. It came in a blush sauce that included diced onions and Parmesan cheese.
One of our guests ordered the Southwestern chicken ($12.58) with red-skinned mashed potatoes and the veggie blend as her sides. The presentation was nice, and she thoroughly enjoyed her meal. The chicken was tender and the sauce well spiced, but she thought the mashed potatoes were too cool.
I was torn between the fish sandwich and a burger. There are eight burgers to choose from featuring ingredients such as caramelized onions, Gouda, mushrooms and garlic aioli.
I ended up choosing The Cado ($10.48), which is topped with avocado, bacon and provolone cheese. My side was coleslaw, which was nothing unique, but it was all satisfying.
For dessert, 841 Brewhouse offers a selection of cheesecakes with only one, the plain cheesecake, made in-house. It was dense, not too creamy, but basic and good—just the right end to our meal.
All in all, we had an enjoyable time. The service was friendly, and it would be a great place for an impromptu get-together or relaxing, casual night out.
The Four Dishes—Nikki Bolka, Helene Ramsdell, Jennifer Spangler and Beth Webb—review regional restaurants for The Gazette.