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If your 2020 diet resolutions are already off to a tragic start, you are not alone. As of Jan. 1, I made a personal commitment to cut out red meat (really meat in general, but I know my weakness) and French fries. If you are a person with a will easily compromised by juicy patties decked in jalapenos, fresh greens and onions inside a ciabatta bun, I suggest you stop reading.
First, this review can’t go on until I give Midtown Brewing Co. a salute for its smoked chicken wings ($12). They are the perfect balance of crisp, juice and meat. I ordered the orange chili sauce on the side and let me just say, Panda Express could never. The aroma of orange peels is apparent but not offensive.
For my entree, it was less my flesh-eating ways that got the best of me. The intrigue of a palette daring enough to add jalapenos to a peanut butter and bacon jam sandwich seemed sinful. When I read the dish ingredients, I envisioned a tall, sloppy sandwich with slices of stripped bacon hanging off the sides and giant jalapenos poking out from the iceberg lettuce. Clearly, I forgot where I was.
Midtown Brewing Co. is so Lansing. It plays off the idea of being a ritzy, downtown hang with basic, modern American fare (where burgers are considered a food group), but just when you want to roast them and the Ryan Gosling movie playing at the bar, you are silenced by its unabashed authenticity. From the menu, I prepared myself for the dry, overly doctored blocks of salt stuffed between buns served by chain burger joints. What I got was masterfully prepared patty and well-tempered experimentation.
The Midtown Monster ($15) is something serious and can be easily shared (unless your guest is a fry fiend, in which case, order an appetizer).
If you heard, you heard correctly: Midtown Brewing Co. is the realest.
Midtown Brewing Co.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
402 S. Washington Sq., Lansing
(517) 977-1349, facebook.com/DowntownLansingMiidtownBrewing