Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of burgers, drinks, and pub fare at Crunchy's.
Crunchy’s introduces famished diners to a menu of pub fare and a monumental beer selection in a casual, lively feeding environment. After cozying up in a green leather booth to ponder the rustic graffiti-adorned wood walls, patrons can kick off an eating escapade with starters fried in trans fat–free oil, such as a basket of battered onion rings ($4.49) or cheese fries ($3.99), before pairing all 27 beers on tap with one of seven cooked-to-order burgers. Bite into a brat burger ($5.49), the black-bean veggie burger ($5.49), or the Famous Crunchy burger, whose half-pound char-grilled patty is topped with american cheese ($5.99). Customers can top their bun-wrapped bounty with a choice of 10 signature toppings ($0.99 each), including a trio of tangy teriyaki, pineapple, and mozzarella cheese and a western garnish of bacon, Crunchy’s stout barbecue sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
Crunchy’s takes its beer seriously. Customers can pick from 27 taps at the pub, coming from Michigan breweries such as Bell’s and New Holland, as well as craft breweries including Dogfish Head and Stone. The microbrew-loving staffers regularly host brewers' nights with reps on hand to sample and answer questions, and celebrate the release of seasonal beers such as Bell’s Oberon. Brews come by the pint or in the famous 270-ounce “bucket of beer,” ideal for serving a large party or putting out a dollhouse fire.
To accompany the tap selection, Crunchy’s kitchen serves a menu of pub fare that includes stone-baked calzones, deep-dish pizzas, and half-pound char-grilled burgers. Nine burger-topping combinations, each including a beer-pairing suggestion, range from pineapple and teriyaki sauce to sautéed onions and pepperoncinis.
Crunchy’s cultivates a casual and easygoing atmosphere both inside its taproom and on its front patio. Inside, beer signs and photos plaster the aged wood walls above emerald booths, separated from central tables by illuminated weathered wood arches. Arcade games and dartboards are situated in the front, next to painted white wood where patrons of the past have scrawled their names or TARDIS coordinates. A full events calendar includes karaoke every Thursday–Saturday.