Foodie Favorites: The Crafthouse Gastropub
As the resident writer of the monthly Foodie Favorites blog, I’m often asked by visiting family and friends for a restaurant recommendation. The more local places I get a taste for, and the more blogs I write, the easier you’d think it would be for me to choose a restaurant. Truth be told, knowing just how many signature (and delicious) items the “Hub City” has on its collective menu has only made it more difficult. Dinner at The West Table? Chicken and waffles downtown at Lee’s Cafe? The French toast at Rain Uptown? They’re all a can’t-miss, in my opinion. But there is one place that I consistently suggest simply for its ability to please such a wide variety of palates–The Crafthouse Gastropub. Here are just a few of the things to know and love about this local favorite.
They have a seasonal menu.
Seasonal menus ensure fresh, of-the-moment ingredients, dishes that are bursting with seasonally appropriate flavors and come with an assurance that you’ll always get to try something new. That’s a clear winner in my book. The Crafthouse summer menu, for example, boasted plates like the aptly named picnic chicken–a serving of chilled fried chicken, deviled egg macaroni salad and creamy coleslaw–and calabacitas tacos served in romaine shells. As we head into fall, I’m counting down the days until can sample a few things off their upcoming menu.
They have one of the best drink menus around.
Like their menu, the extensive Crafthouse beer list is also ever evolving. Home to 18 rotating taps, you’re sure to find a new favorite on the list whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or simply like to try a new brew or two. They also pour several beers from breweries right here in the Lone Star State. If beer isn’t your thing, they offer several other signature drinks, like their le papillon, a mix of Belvedere, amaretto, pear syrup, cranberry and pineapple juice. View the full drink menu here.
They have a varied appetizer menu.
First things first–you can’t order your entrée before sampling something off the appetizer menu. Here you’ll find traditional appetizer offerings with a decidedly Crafthouse twist, like chili fries served with black bean chili, cojita, cilantro and pico de gallo or a classic crowd-pleaser like chips and queso. With other appetizer options to choose from such as chicharrones with house-made sauce or grit-crusted jumbo shrimp, it’s easy to skip over the pretzel. But this is not your average ballpark fare. It’s buttery, light and served piping hot with queso blanco or a tangy Shiner Bock mustard. (I highly recommend giving the mustard a try).
Their all-day menu is as eclectic as it is delicious.
Aside from the appetizers and brew, their all-day menu, regardless of season, is always a stand out. There are some restaurants where I always need “a couple more minutes” to look over the menu simply because I want to place an order for one of everything. Crafthouse is one such place for me. Their menu is so varied (and delicious) that it’s possible to have steak frites, stromboli, an all-day breakfast plate and a burger delivered to the same table. And while we’re on the subject of burgers, you absolutely can’t miss the Texas Burger. Texas Monthly just named it to their Top 50 Greatest Burgers in Texas list saying, “The house-baked bun is a yeasty challah-and-ciabatta fusion with a sweet finish. The grass-fed beef, regionally sourced, is ground on-site and grilled over a gas flame. Both the Shiner Bock mustard and lemon-jazzed mayonnaise are made in-house, melding well with a slice of aged cheddar and caramelized onions, which are juicy but not so much so that they drip down your arm.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. If you really want to take it to the next level, order it with a few slices of bacon, or as my waiter once called it, “the food of the gods.”
It’s impossible to leave without dessert.
I was first introduced to banoffee pie when I spent a summer in Europe. This English dessert gets its somewhat comical name from a mash-up two of its main ingredients–bananas and toffee. The Crafthouse take includes banana, dulce de leche on a graham cracker crust, topped with brown sugar whipped cream. It’s one of the best you’ll have on this side of the Atlantic.
They pack the house for brunch.
Since moving to Lubbock, I’ve made it my unofficial mission to sample something from every brunch menu in the city, but I routinely come back to Crafthouse. Stop by on Sunday morning, and you’ll see just why they pack the house week after week. Check out their brunch calzone, the veggie scramble or the donut stack–a Crafthouse creation that’s equal parts savory and sweet. Check out the full brunch menu here.
Whether you pop in for lunch, brunch or just to grab a brew, you surely won’t leave The Crafthouse Gastropub disappointed. While you start sampling their fall menu, share your recommendations with us using #LiveLoveLubbock, and as always, happy dining!
- Location: 3131 34th Street
- Phone: 806.687.1466
- Website: crafthousepub.com
- Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch Only 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.