A few years ago--back when we lived on the "other" side of Broad--the Tap Room used to be our regular spot. In those days the Plantain Nachos were a part of our dietary food pyramid and craft beers made up the rest. At some point or another, management changed (or at least a chef or two) and our favorite meal went by the way side--as did consistency in general. Needless to say, the Tap Room slowly became a place we visited with less and less frequently.
Since then, they've renovated from top to bottom--a new dining room, chef, waitstaff, and menu. Fast forward to the the other night when we both came home from work CRAVING a burger. Since we're all about second chances, we made the spontaneous decision to head across the great divide to see what our old favorite had to offer us.
Although this is a very well intended 5 Star review, I will offer one suggestion--if groups of 2's, 3's and 4's are filing in and awkwardly looking around it's a pretty good bet that they probably want to be seated (or at least have someone ask). For us it wasn't a "thing" since we waited all of about 6 minutes before we were seated. Some of the other folks around us were a little less easy going about which is why I'm offering the suggestion. :)
Upon getting settled at our table for 2, we were immediately greeted by Candice our server. She was polite, SUPER personable, and patient. My biggest pet peeve is impersonal waitstaff that rush you through your night. Candice should teach classes on how it's done. She's 5 Stars all on her own.
A table near us ordered Wings and the intoxicating scent of buffalo sauce meant that we absolutely HAD to have them. They were extra crispy and, to my delight, an entire plate full of drums. The only downside is that all of the condiments are homemade which means there wasn't a substitute for the Bleu Cheese (I'm usually a ranch-and-wings kind of gal).
The "piece de resistance"? THE BURGERS!! 100% Grass Fed Beef with TWO 1/4" Thick Slabs of Bacon, American Cheese, and "Special Sauce"--a combination definitely worth writing home about. Typically if I see American Cheese on the menu I'm quick to see about substituting it for something less "American". I'm SO glad that I forgot to ask. It was delicious. Another honorable mention goes to the BEST homemade pickles I have ever had--which were part of a spicy pickled vegetable salad that appeared on each of our plates (in addition to a mountain of fries and a pasta salad side dish). These pickles were SO good that I actually pulled Candice aside to ask her to go pat the guy responsible for this salad on the back. Literally. 99% of the time homemade pickles just taste like wet cucumbers. Gross. I would honestly go back to the Tap Room just to eat their pickles. YUM.
All in all, we are so glad that the Tap Room has won our hearts back and we can't wait to go back and do it all over again. Also I am secretly crossing my fingers that the plantain nachos make their way back to the menu....Hey! A girl can dream, can't she??