Restaurant Review: Sticks & Stacks at HopHounds Dog Park

HopHounds Brew Pub & Dog Park // Photos by Elizabeth Gelineau

It’s not like you need another reason to visit HopHounds Brew Pub & Dog Park. If you aren’t already sold on a mouthwatering selection of craft beer, a comfortable spot under an umbrella and an assembly of tongue-wagging dogs, chances are you’re a cat. But this dog-park-to-end-all-dog-parks in the old Crystal Ice building has provided another reason to stop by anyway: Sticks & Stacks Craft Eatery.

“We decided to start serving food in January, and it’s been a hit ever since,” says Meagan Harris, above, who owns the dog park and mobile kitchen in partnership with her father, Jim Ivy. Inspired by a similar concept in Chattanooga, where Harris lived for a time, HopHounds opened its doors in May 2020 in the location formerly occupied by Haint Blue Brewing Company. 

“We’ve definitely created a sense of community and a devoted group of regulars,” Harris says, explaining that membership plans are available, as are one-day passes for $10 per dog (vaccination papers required for entry). Patrons began staying so long at the park, an AstroTurfed stretch of puppy playground equipment, that Harris realized she’d better feed them. The resulting food concept was Sticks & Stacks, the name a nod to the casual fare dished out (sticks = corndogs, stacks = cheeseburgers). 

“No one is looking for a three-course meal at the dog park,” Harris says, “so we wanted to provide a selection of food that was quick and easy but, at the same time, delicious.”

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The menu is built to surprise. Think Conecuh corndogs with housemade batter, a burger of ground chicken topped with guacamole and a pile of nachos made with home-fried tortilla chips. This gourmet snack food can be paired with a dizzying selection of beers —and even canned wines — from across the country. “We wanted to offer our customers a wide variety of drinks, stuff that they don’t get to see everywhere,” Harris says.

And don’t think you have to bring a four-legged friend to get in the door. “Sometimes people will come by and say, ‘I don’t have a dog, am I allowed to come in?’” Harris says with a laugh. “Of course! I mean, you get to come here and enjoy a dog and not have to take it home with you — what’s not to love?”

At 806 Monroe Street, “sit” and “stay” have never been easier commands to follow.

On the Menu

You’ll need help finishing this mountain of house-made tortilla chips buried under jalapeños, red onion, black beans, olives and cheddar Jack cheese.

Barnyard Burger
It’s not every day you encounter a ground chicken patty, and that’s too bad. Guac, Sriracha, lettuce and tomato round out this unique, tasty burger.

Conecuh Corn dog
Homemade batter around a Conecuh sausage on a stick makes for the perfect dog-park snack. PSA: Keep all corn dogs above dog-level.

Smash Burger
Kick back with this all-beef patty topped with American cheese, sauteed onions, lettuce, tomato and bacon on a fluffy brioche bun.   

Sticks & Stacks • 806 Monroe St. • 447-2697 • HopHounds Brew Pub & Dog Park: 4 – 9 p.m. T – Th; 4 – 10 p.m. F; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sa; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Su • Food available Th – Su

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