American cuisine is the gold standard of fast food. It’s known world-wide for hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza. I know for a fact that my family in Colombia thinks that anAmerican diet consists of exclusively hotdogs and hamburgers, and they believe that all American food is canned, boxed or frozen. They aren’t completely wrong, but they are not totally right.
Tap House Kitchen is what I call American cuisine with twist, definitely not your typical bar food, but instead fast food made from scratch, and transformed into gourmet dishes that would please the most discriminating palate.
Let’s get started with the drinks: an extensive list of tap beers, featuring local brews, and whiskeys. They also handcraft cocktails and the best part of all, they offer Happy Hour everyday from 3 to 6. By far, my favorite drink was the White Sangria, a house specialty, featuring white wine and peaches; so light and refreshing! A perfect summer drink.
White peach sangria
Now let’s dig into what we love: food! I can’t wait to talk extensively about dessert, but let’s talk first about the great appetizers American Tap House offers. Mac and cheese with shrimp, lamb chops and hummus were the three things we tasted prepared by Head Chef, Patrick Karvis. Until today, I had not paid too much attention to lamb! However, these lamb chops were lean cuts of meat, tender, perfectly cooked and full of flavor ,paired with mint jalapeño jelly. They were just heaven in my mouth. The hummus was all you can expect from a good creamy, roasted and well seasoned hummus; the Harrisa hint, a chili- based condiment, popular in Asian cuisine, was the perfect kick for this delicious dip that I slathered my oregano- grilled bread and veggies. And last but not least, the shrimp mac and cheese, the traditional comfort food taken to the next level by including seafood and a variety of cheeses from around the world.
Lamb chops with mint jalapeño jelly
Next were the sliders. Yes, I’m still wanting to jump straight to dessert, but I have to talk about these pieces of glory. I will start by saying that quail egg is a food I used to eat all the time back home, so the fact that these sliders were topped with quail eggs brought my childhood memories back. An all-Angus beef patty, mounted on top of a handmade brioche bun, topped with an over- medium quail egg, and smothered in bernaise sauce: this baby did not disappoint.
Shrimp Mac and cheese
And finally!!!! Dessert! I could write another whole blog post about it, in fact, I shall! Sorry, come over and read about this separately. I promise you will agree, it is worth it. For now,I am just going to tease you and say that I will be talking butter cake, key-lime pie and even gluten free brownie.