The Highland Tap in Atlanta's Virginia-Highland neighborhood is a gem! Located in the basement level at the epicenter of Atlanta's hip Va-Hi, the Tap has been serving great food and drinks for over 20 years. It's a neighborhood place that also attracts visitors and young adults - the latter especially on Thursday nights. A decent sized bar area with some adjacent booths and the requisite flat screen TVs tuned to the sports stations is always busy. Tom, the night-time bartender has been there over 21 years. In fact, most of the wait staff are veterans - always the sign of a well run establishment.
The bar may be Atlanta's version of "Cheers." The pours are generous, there's a good selection of beer and the place has the reputation (deserved) of pouring Atlanta's best martini.
The large dining room, with natural stone walls and flocked wallpaper that is reminiscent of a bawdy house, has both tables and booths. The light is kept dim throughout the establishment. The Tap Steakburger is my choice as the BEST burger in Atlanta, and I'm a burger aficionado! Served with or without your choice of several cheeses on a toasted bun with a side of perfectly cooked onion rings - there's none better - even at the "boutique" burger restaurant just across the street.
But The Tap is more than a burger joint! the prime rib is to die for, and the Gargonzola encrusted filet is a great steak. This is NOT farm-to-table, so the sides are the requisite fries, baked potato, backed sweet potato and seasonal veggies and also salads. The small loaf of delicious brown bread served before the entree will be quickly devoured.
If you are visiting Atlanta and want a really good good steak or burger without the froo-froo, and want to eat where the locals eat, this is your place!