Whisk Review: Hob Nob
Whisk Review: Hob Nob
by Adair Kibble
1109 S 11th St, Niles, MI 49120
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday
Atmosphere and service: Tucked in at the end of a small strip of businesses, Hob Nob greets its guests with a cozy scheme of warm colors, from the brick colored tile to the walls of a soft yellow hue. Real houseplants and softly whirring ceiling fans add a touch of vitality to this casual all-day breakfast joint. Flyers for local events like the “Septemberfest” and golf outings dot the walls near the cash register, cementing this local business as closely linked to the Niles area, and the free public WiFi is a nice touch. Hob Nob is fairly clean. The standard size of booths and tables there would best accommodate a group of friends, and the restaurant’s friendly staff also attract an older clientele. I went with a friend at around 2 p.m. on a Friday, and we were seated right away.
Food and Prices: The restaurant serves all major staples of breakfast food (like waffles, pancakes and toast) which provide some vegetarian options if you opt out of the sausage and bacon sides. They also serve lunch and dinner food, such as several burgers, chicken and seafood dishes. And for beverages, they offer Pepsi products. I ordered their veggie burger, a garden burger that arrives warm on a thick bun with lettuce, a slice of tomato and pickle. All of the vegetables seemed freshly washed, which pleasantly surprised me. If you order the veggie burger, crinkle cut fries come at no extra charge, all for $6.99. My friend ordered the Four Flags Breakfast, which consisted of two eggs, an order of hash browns and two slices of toast or two pancakes for $4.99.
The burger was decent, arriving dry but with mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup on the side as options. The patty had the pleasant natural flavors of the vegetables in its favor, but the fries left a lot to be desired. Undercooked, some still had the texture of a raw potato, and though greasy, they lacked any seasoning, even a standard dash of salt. Without salt or any other spice, they had a low sodium content, but even then they lacked both the flavor and crunch expected of fries.
The eggs and hash browns were also unseasoned, but if you prefer more mild flavors or if you apply ketchup liberally, you can enjoy decent portions of food for a very reasonable price. The pancakes did not disappoint; they were fluffy and perfectly golden.
Overall: My friend and I agreed that our money was well spent, and because of the friendly staff and the quality of the main dishes, Hob Nob merits a solid three out of five whisks from us. If you are in the Niles area and would like brunch, Hob Nob is a solid traditional American dining option.