Look for touches of Southern soul foods like collard greens and cornbread popping up in dishes. Other entrees lean fully into their comfort-food status: The shrimp and grits pairs plump shrimp with creamy white cheddar grits and a tomato-bacon gravy, and the smoked fried chicken delivers a juicy interior encased in a fried skin so crispy it crackles, leaving a hint of smokiness as you dive into the super-smooth mashed potatoes beneath.
Always keeping in mind that this is still a bar and, if you’re ordering food at midnight, sometimes a fork-and-knife entree isn’t really in the books for you, chef Dustin Fox also offers classic late-night bites in the form of fries and burgers—including a Jake’s Vegan Burger. Griddled smashed patties are covered in white cheddar and a kicky burger sauce then topped with crunchy cabbage and red onion, perfect for soaking up the night’s libations.
With its relaxed, inviting atmosphere, comfort food that lives up to the moniker and tunes to float you through the evening, The Hepcat brings its own distinct personality to the varied personas making up downtown’s bar scene. Hepcat, it’s a pleasure to meet you.