Sidetrack Bar and Grill
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Shibbykaiyai:
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
***Bad Score Based on Food and Waitstaff....
I actually quite like the place as a bar...it's just the food and the waitstaff that does this place in. The bar crowd, although usually kinda old (Ypsi is an old town), is usually quite friendly and willing to strike up a converstation.
The beer selection, especially for Depot Town (the area in Ypsi) is very good, usually focusing on Michigan brews, some beers from outside of the state, and then some of the usual bar staples (Guinness, etc.)
A good place to get a brew, but the food is decent at best. Supposedly the burger is beloved by Oprah, but I think she missed the mark on it. Rest of the food is bar/pub staples, nothing much more than that.
11-05-2011 03:48:43 | More by Shibbykaiyai
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $
Living about a mile from here, I'm here a lot and I'm not mad about that. In Depot Town, Ypsilanti, MI, Sidetrack sits right next to the train tracks with an Amtrak going by every couple hours. They are also expanding into the upstairs, supposedly more bar/restaurant space as well as loft apartments. 24 taps with a great selection focusing on Michigan beer.
Late night happy hour runs 9-1 Sunday and Monday, 10-1 Tues-Thurs and 11-1 Fri and Sat. $3.25 for tall or a pint, depending on the beer. Talls are huge, like 27 ounces. Liquor is also half off during happy hour.
Food is good, with an awesome selection--just about anything you would want. A couple of my favorites are the grilled cheese with bacon and a fried egg (ask for it--it's like six bucks with fries), or the gorgonzola tenderloin at 12 bucks is pretty hard to beat for the price.
Only major downfall is the service--even sitting at the bar sometimes you can be ignored for what seems like forever. It's definitely hit or miss, but unfortunately it's usually a miss here. But for the prices, especially on happy hour, it's typically not enough to keep me away.
01-05-2014 01:06:34 | More by TypsiYpsi
3.66/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
This place is great. Great tap list, lots of Michigan beers. The also have a late night happy hour with all beer half off(11pm-1am). Unlike other reviewers, I think the food here is great. Their sweet potato fries are incredible. Burgers are good. They have a pretty wide ranging selection as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian grub. Overall, this is an awesome place, especially in the summer. Sitting outside as the Amtrak flies by is a unique experience.
05-20-2013 18:41:48 | More by FrankHammer
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
When the weather started to get nice, and summer was approaching sidetracks was one of the go to places to get an Oberon and eat a meal outside. Can get busy at night but it was one of my favorite places to go when the snow fell, very warm and inviting. I would sum it up as being a good stop anytime. food was good and a nice beer selection. Seemed like there was always a wait for the bathroom. the other room they had opened to private party's and i think i saw live music before helped its appeal. Sidetracks liked the quote "Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy" -Benjamin Franklin
10-18-2011 22:18:19 | More by patpbr
4/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been in Ypsi on business and I've eaten here a lot lately, all at lunchtime which can get fairly crowded. The atmosphere is lively and has interesting decor. The food is always good and I like the pickles and pepperoncini at the table. I would recommend the burgers and the fish tacos. Also they've got 3 kinds of fries which are all good. They've got a pretty decent selection of draft beer, highlighting MI brews. I certainly would recommend this to anyone in the area.
I'm going to try to go for dinner when I have time to sample from the decent number of taps they have.
07-25-2010 20:04:48 | More by brauseboof
4.7/5 rDev +19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
first off this place has one awesome burger. the fries kinda suck but you can't win em all. the atmosphere is pleasant. it's got this laid back vibe. the quality rocks. no slacking on anything. i've been to the place several times and not once was it bad. the service is crazy. my cousin and i ate their yesterday and three different staff members kept making sure everything was good. the selection f%ckin rocks!!! great stuff on tap....
bell's two hearted and oberon
dark horse's raspberry ale
frog island's amber ale
arbor brewing company's hoptoberfest
short's huma lupa lucious
a couple hacker pschor's (spelling???)
great lake's edmund fitzgerald
founder's pale ale
a few more that i can't remember. they also have a sh$tload more in bottles.
like i said the food rocks. i got the burger and we split the fried fresh mushrooms which were the best fried mushroom's i've ever had. the food is reasonably priced. personally this place is hands down my favorite bar i've ever went to. if you're passing through michigan and on 94 surely hit it up!!!
09-08-2009 22:45:32 | More by claminat420
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Well, it's been a good long while since this place got a review so I figured I'd jump into the fray.
Frankly I'm pretty surprised at how low the scores are here. The only thing I can think is this spot has improved somewhat significantly. This bar is housed in a 19th century downtown style brick building with many original elements still in place including the floors and door/window sills and it is very well maintained. This place has got a lot of character from it's physical appearance down to it's interesting menu specials. I'm particularly fond of the Michigan cherry salad and the summer cold plate specials. The BBQ pork sandwich is also quite good. Their burgers have been voted among the best on numerous occasions as well. The beer selection is very good, some of the tap line-up highlights at my last visit: (from memory)
GLBC Edmund Fitz
Corner Brewing Espresso Love Stout
Frog Island Creme Ale
Dark Horse Raspberry Ale
There were probably another half dozen or so as well with bottled offerings as well. Prices are reasonable and the outdoor seating areas make this a great summer lounge spot. The staff I've found to be generally quick and friendly with just a few exceptions.
Overall this is a great place to stop by if you are in the area. I might even go out of my way to come here, on some occasions I forego the A2 options altogether and opt for this place instead. It's not Ashley's, but it's got some things going for it that Ashley's doesn't, notably it's own parking lots!
07-24-2007 07:30:53 | More by Gaisgeil
Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Ypsilanti, MI
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.