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Rhino’s Hometown Pub

September 4, 2011

  • 107 S. Main Street
  • Plainwell, MI 49080
  • (269) 685-2220
  • Website
  • Menu

Short weekend for me this week.  Holiday’s mean nothing in my line of work and I got drafted to work Labor Day even though Monday’s are usually a day off for me.  I’m alright with it though….double time.

Since we’ve only got the one day off, we had to make the most of it.  I set an alarm to get up early thinking we’d go to breakfast, but we decided to wait around until lunch.  I’m alright with that too.

I’m sure you’ve figured out we have an affinity for sports bars and we’re running short on sports bars we haven’t been to in the area.  Because of that, we have to start branching out to the surrounding areas.

Rhino’s Hometown Pub is on Main Street in Plainwell right at the intersection with M-89/Bridge Street.  Being a downtown area, there really isn’t a lot of parking.  Since it was a Sunday, parking wasn’t an issue.

The pub is set up like a typical sports bar.  There are flat panel TV’s above the bar showing a variety of sporting events.  The main dining area is filled with four top tables and there’s a row of pub tables against the back wall. 

There were only two other tables being used when we walked in, so J and I had our choice of seats.  We took one of the four tops then waited for a waitress to bring over a couple menus.

Right before we left, I decided to check review sites and didn’t really like what I saw.  A lot of the complaints were about service and I really wasn’t in the mood for that.  I’m happy to say, service was actually really good.  Granted, it was a Sunday afternoon and not a busy Saturday night.

Not long after we sat down, our waitress came out of the kitchen, grabbed a couple menus, then came and got our drink orders.  I was happy to see Pepsi on the fountain.

The menu at Rhino’s is fairly standard pub food, but they like to bring the heat.  I ordered the Chili Cheddar Burger of Doom.  Very intimidating sounding and also very tasty.  It’s an eight ounce steak burger topped with Jalapeno bottle caps, homemade chili and shredded cheddar cheese.  The chili was piled on this burger pretty high and I really had no idea how to even tackle it.  I decided to just go for it.  I slapped the sesame seed bun on top and picked it up.  It wasn’t as messy and I assumed it would be.  The chili was actually pretty tight and held together on top of the burger.  It took me a few bites to remember that the Jalapeno’s were in there and it was a little bit of a surprise when I bit into one.  The cheese kind of got lost in the chili, but wasn’t super important to the sandwich.  A slice of cheddar may have been a little stronger, but it’s nothing that would stop me from ordering the sandwich again.  Oh, if you want to make it even hotter, they offer to add some of their “Blow-Your-Horn-Off” wing sauce.

J went back to her old stand by that I haven’t seen her order in a while.  She ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wrap.  The soft, flour tortilla is filled with fried chicken tenders that are tossed in a spicy wing sauce along with lettuce, tomato, and cheese.  She usually asks to leave the tomatoes off, but she forgot this time.  No biggie.  She picked them out as she went.  The buffalo sauce proved to be too hot for her.  She ate one half and planned to take the second home for later, but stupid me, I left it on the table when we got up to leave.

Both of our meals came with choice of side and we both got the beer-battered fries.  They were delicious.  I’m pretty sure J thought they were the best part of the menu.  She stopped eating her wrap because she wanted to leave room for the fries.  It was even her that pointed out the fries were skin on and beer-battered.

Our bill was just a bit over $18 which is actually an incredible price considering the amount of food we got.  The plate I was given was so loaded down the waitress actually brought out a second plate just so I could move some of my fries off the plate for some room.

I actually really liked Rhino’s.  Service for us was pretty good and I really liked the menu options.  They even have a sandwich challenge that consists of what is essentially five sandwiches.  They claim it’s too big for Man vs. Food and I wasn’t about to try it….even though I wanted to.  I don’t know what Rhino’s is like on a busy night, but I know our Sunday lunch really hit the spot.

Chili Cheddar Burger of Doom w/Beer-Battered Fries

Buffalo Chicken Wrap w/Beer-Battered Fries

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