Menifee: The Beer Hunter Unveils Menu Improvements, Enhanced Presentation

Restaurant-goers at The Beer Hunter in Menifee will find a better dining experience thanks to a red...

Restaurant-goers at The Beer Hunter in Menifee will find a better dining experience thanks to a redesigned menu, new plating, and a number of food preparation improvements. The changes rolled out late last month were based on feedback from their customers.

We sat down with Chris Engstrom, general manager of The Beer Hunter, and Ben McCormack, the head chef, who explained the new changes.

bleu cheese burger
Bleu Cheese Avocado Burger
"All burgers are now presented in an artisan potato roll, replacing the previous Kaiser roll", McCormack explained while laying down a plate of their fan favorite Bleu Cheese Avocado Burger. "It's just a better quality roll. The Kaiser roll tended to crumble, whereas this potato roll really holds together."

And it seems to be true. I picked it up and took a bite. It's easier to handle, compresses beautifully, and compliments the flavors of beef, bacon and cheese. The Beer Hunter now also uses whole leaf lettuce with all of their burgers, and burgers are now served stacked instead of open face. "Customers would often have trouble putting the burger together, particularly with the shredded lettuce falling off", Engstrom explained. "This way it's a better dining experience".

And better dining experience was a key part of these new change, Engstrom went to tell us. "We're now using a different type of plate, colored white, which we found highlights our food, adding more dramatic, eye opening appeal".

"The darker colored plates we used before tended to mute the presentation", McCormack added. "These white plates along with a little rearranging allow the food to look as good as it tastes!"

Making a comeback to the new menu is the Steak & Bleu Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It never really went away actually, it had been filed into a "secret menu" that loyal patrons still knew about. But, it is back in the limelight by popular demand.

mozzarella sticks
Hand cut, hand battered, Mozzarella Sticks
French fries are now thin cut and beer battered, something which changed with the beginning of the new year, but the restaurant hadn't publicized it until now. "The old fries were thick cut, basically a steak fry", added Engstrom. "These new fries are awesome, they have a tasty little crunch on the outside, but still soft on the inside."

Mozzarella sticks were changed significantly, now being hand cut and hand battered in the kitchen. "Our previous mozzarella sticks were premade", McCormack said. "But, our smaller menu gives us the opportunity to direct labor towards higher-quality house-made products. We now use fresh mozzarella, ha