Last Updated on June 25, 2020 by Jeremy
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We always love it when breweries have a full food menu on-site, and in late 2019, Hop Farm Brewing in Lawrenceville introduced a food menu from Provision!
If that name sounds familiar, you are right. Provision is the same restaurant concept that was found in the inaugural class of chefs at Smallman Galley (now closed) and later at Federal Galley for a long stint as well. We were quite big fans of this one at both galleys, and are happy to report that their menu at Hop Farm features many of the favorites available at the stalls!
Provision Comes to Hop Farm Brewing
Provision's tagline is “Inspired by America's Cultural Diversity,” and their menu is an accurate reflection of that.
You have three-times fried Provision Fries (topped with butternut squash puree, lentils, goat cheese, pickled onion, and lemon aioli) paired with numerous burgers, a modern take on Vietnamese banh mi and Korean pork belly starters, and so much more.
While we could go on about our love affair of the Provision Fries (truly among the best fries in all of Pittsburgh, but best with sharing in a group), on our visit to Hop Farm to check out the new menu we began with our second go-to starter, the Crispy Cauliflower. This one is fried cauliflower in a Buffalo-style hot sauce with blue cheese, celery, and scallions and is one of those dishes we cannot get enough of. It mimics Buffalo wings almost perfectly, while also being somewhat healthier overall.
We'll take that as a win!
For our entree, we opted for the Fish Sammy which included two large cuts of seared Yellowfin Tuna, a remoulade sauce, greens, and B&B pickles all on a potato bun served with a side of their delicious three-time fried fries (sans toppings found in the appetizer).
The fish on this one was cooked with a very light sear and let the great flavor of the tuna come through, and the sauce and toppings added only a light addition to the fish to not detract from each bite. For its price, we have to admit that we were surprised by how much tuna came on this one as it was truly a generous portion through and through.
This was all paired wonderfully with Hop Farm's delicious beer!
Don't Forget the Beer at Hop Farm
As noted in our Pittsburgh brewery guide, with a name like Hop Farm you'd expect the beers here to be, well, hoppy. While this one has a wonderful spread of IPA available, we were pleasantly surprised to find other options like a smoked porter, a matcha peach sour, and one of our go-to releases in the winter, Cranberry Sauce (a fruited sour full of cranberry flavors)!
The draft spread here does a great job offering a number of different flavor profiles that could be enticing to all palates, be it smoky, hoppy, sour, or more and odds are good you'll be able to find something to pair with whatever dish you order.
All-in-all, the addition of the Provision menu at Hop Farm is a match made in heaven. We always wondered where this restaurant concept would end up, and pairing it with one of the city's top breweries is something that simply makes sense. We look forward to returning many times in the future to get the fries and cauliflower along with a great draft!
Provision is the on-site restaurant at Hop Farm Brewing at 5601 Butler Street in Lawrenceville.
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