New restaurants in El Dorado Hills have really raised the bar for local foodies and those looking to have a great time just minutes from home.
Hop House in El Dorado Hills Town Center is no exception.
Owners Jason Enyeart and Craig Badolian have created a winning combination — quality craft beers, a comfortable atmosphere and a menu that will have grilled cheese lovers rushing in the door. Executive Chef Tyler Mort has cooked up a grilled-cheese paradise with creations like the Fun Guy Cheese — Swiss Gruyere, sautéed mushrooms and onions on sourdough; and the Shishito Cheese — Shishito peppers, pepper jack cheese and bacon.
“Who doesn’t love grilled cheese?” Enyeart asked.
The menu also includes salads, burgers, fries, onion rings as well a chorizo mac & cheese. There are also gluten-free options. Following that “keep it local” motto that many businesses tout, Mort gets many of his ingredients from local sources.
“We’ll definitely grow from there,” said Mort, who’s worked in the restaurant business for 15 years.
Pair anything on the menu with one of the many craft beers Hop House will have on tap … well, you’ve got yourself a delicious meal. Taste Enyeart’s favorites from Heretic Brewing Company in Fairfield or have a pint of Badolian’s top pick, 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery. Hop House’s taps will feature local beers as well as the best offerings from the country’s finest microbreweries.
“They will be rotating quite a bit,” Enyeart said of the beers on tap.
Enyeart and Badolian have know each other for 20 years.
“We’re BFFs,” Badolian said with a chuckle. “We’ve always talked about owning a business together.”
Both worked at one time in the flooring business and then each branched off into their own careers. Badolian continued down the home improvement and interior design path. He and his wife Alexandra own BI Design Studio in El Dorado Hills. Enyeart went into the family business — restaurants. He’s worked at fine eateries in Seattle, Napa, Sacramento and Roseville.
The pair started looking for a restaurant location last year and when they learned the former Sidebar space was available, they jumped at the opportunity, signing a lease in June and now open for lunch and dinner. Enyeart selected the restaurant’s name, taking inspiration from a restaurant he’d visited during a Utah bike trip called Sugar House.
“I wanted ‘House’ in the name and tried to think of words that went with that. Loving fine craft brews, especially hoppy ones, I decided on Hop House and never looked back,” he said.
Craig and Alexandra lent their exceptional design skills to create the Hop House look, turning the space into a rustic, industrial restaurant that invites people to come in, have a beer and just hang out. They used local, reclaimed (and treated) barn siding to build the restaurant’s tables and commissioned hundreds of hand-carved bricks that line the walls. Customers also get to create chalk art on some of the boards hung on the walls. Chalkboards in higher placed feature bartender Hannah Barbaria‘s art.
“I have my strengths when it comes to business and when it comes to restaurants Jason’s like no other; he’s just great,” Craig said.
That is if he remembered to order the beer glasses. Enyeart said that thought hit him earlier this month and though he said opening a new business is stressful, it goes much smoother if you remember to relax and have fun. “I get to the point now where I laugh things off,” he said.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to rock the El Dorado Hills restaurant scene with an outstanding beer selection, unique menu and live music.
“This is going to be the funnest place in El Dorado Hills,” Enyeart promised, adding that the kitchen is open late.
Hop House is located at 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 128, along the Town Center waterfront. For more information call (916) 358-3977, visit
hophouseedh.com or check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/hophouseedh.