The Tap Room
Walk into The Tap Room during a busy apres ski afternoon, and you’ll find locals and out-of-towners alike sipping on a variety of beers and cocktails and munching on high-quality bar food. While wings and burgers are two of this restaurant and bar’s staples, there’s much more to the menu that tastes so good after a day on the slopes – or just about any other time, too.
Chef John Omstead refers to the menu as “really good bar food,” and it is.
Starters include traditional choices like artichoke dip, fried calamari and chicken wings, but at The Tap Room everything is taken up a notch from the standard pub fare.
The artichoke dip includes fresh spinach, homemade ricotta cheese and walnuts, while the fried calamari is served with spicy marinara and cilantro aioli.
“We make a lot of stuff in-house,” Omstead says. “There’s a lot we do from scratch.”
Cheddar bacon meatloaf is the kind of dish you’d find in a Southern diner, served with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s comfort food at its finest, bursting with flavor and complexity. It’s the kind of thing that just warms your belly and your soul on a cold, wintry day.
Seasoned, slow-roasted BBQ Ribs are another house favorite. A half-rack is served fall-of-the-bone tender and drenched in barbecue sauce.
The Tap Room has been a landmark at the top of Bridge Street for about the last decade. Its cozy, tavern atmosphere is an inviting setting for folks of all walks of life, especially on Monday through Thursday nights when the bar offers sweet deals on some of its most popular dishes.
Monday night is wing night – all-you-can-eat wing night, that is. For $7.95 your server or bartender will bring you heaping bowls of wings until you can’t eat another bite. Flavors include buffalo, BBQ or the house specialty basian sauce, a fiery Asian-style sauce.
The Tap Room offers any burger on its menu – from the Black and Blue made with blue cheese to the Round-Up Burger, topped with cheddar, bacon and BBQ sauce – for $5.95 on Tuesday nights. The Tap Room will cook burgers pretty much any way you like them, with options for toppings like guacamole, thick-cut bacon or sauteed mushrooms.
Wednesday and Thursday nights get into the comfort-food options. Wednesday’s deal is a chicken fried steak dinner with sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetable for $9.95.
Pasta night is Thursday nights, when for $9.95 diners get caesar salad, garlic bread and a choice of either chicken fettucine alfredo or spaghetti and meatballs.
They make deals out of meals.
Top of bridge street / 970.479.0500 / taproomvail.com
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