Let me introduce you to my newest happy hour love. It’s called Hootch & Banter and it’s exactly as cool as the name implies.
Owners Sherif Salem and his wife Cherie Nearman opened the “upscale casual” cafe this November to rave reviews.
Which meant this gal immediately had to go and give it a try.
Be forewarned that Hootch & Banter isn’t a large establishment…in fact, it’s quite intimate. Tables are situated close to one another and the bar is a modest size. It’s like having a drink in Manhattan, except you’re in Downtown Frederick!
With its upscale vibe and sophisticated decor, you’ll look for excuses to visit. It’s the perfect spot to sip cocktails with girlfriends and feel quite fabulous doing so, thank you very much.
Happy hour at Hootch & Banter runs Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6PM.
During my first visit I sampled their “Smash The Pumpkin” cocktail which consisted of Bailey’s, Van Gough vanilla and pumpkin puree. It was delish. A real pity it wasn’t on the menu longer.
My husband had their “Poke The Bear” with Tito’s Vodka, muddled blackberries, lime and citrus soda. He was definitely pleased with his choice.
Pals of mine rave about the Moscow Mule, so if you’re a fan of this drink, you’ll want to give Hootch & Banter a try. Of note: they have Prosecco on tap.
As for the food, we most certainly enjoyed our selections!
The Truffled Macaroni & Cheese was a no brainer. This dish features a winter truffle wild mushroom, strozzapreti, sauce mornay and panko crust.
So much YASSS!
Because neither my husband nor I can ever resist empanadas, we ordered their Smoked Chicken Empanadas. The Hootch & Banter recipe consists of black beans, roasted sweet corn, cotija cheese and avocado lime dipping sauce with homemade salsa. So, so, so good!
After opening with a limited menu and hours, Hootch & Banter has recently expanded to include a lunch menu as well, bringing their food offerings to now include lunch, dinner and late night small bites. There are a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options, too, by the way. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Pro Tip: Park in the Carroll Creek Garage and save yourself the hassle of circling the block. It’s well worth the money and super close to Hootch & Banter.
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