The revamped Tap Room on 19th has released its updated menu, which includes several items that new owner Michael Strauss calls “upscale comfort stoner food.” Seeing the menu, it’s starting to make sense.
New appetizers at the restaurant, at 19th and Ritner streets, include wings, but they’re Pok Pok Wings, with citrus chili maple glaze, fried garlic and habanero. Carmelized pork belly snacks come with maple mustard for dipping. “Don’t worry, it’s only bacon!” the menu implores. Entrees top out at $15 for a skirt steak with farro, swiss chard, fennel and bay citrus butter. Check out the full thing below.
Strauss said his stoner food vision came up in his first conversation about the menu with new chef Jen Choplin, who was most recently at SoWe in Graduate Hospital. “Oddly enough, none of us are stoners, but it’s the only way I could convey my vision,” he said.
Other changes include “the entire vibe of this bar, from paint color, lighting fixtures, music, candles,” he said. “There is no more bikini top Friday.”
“My Partner Pete Fry and our bar manager Craig Steel have a created a great tap list, all craft beers that will rotate,” he said. “And we have a cool cocktail and wine list.” They’re still taking suggestions and will add anything by request, Strauss stressed.
Now, for the name, which Strauss said he is also considering changing. The Tap Room’s Twitter handle and Facebook page have recently been changed to say the bar is called The Cask and Mouse. Strauss said he’s been getting mixed reviews, understandably so.
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