New chef at Taproom on 19th releases menu; new owner enlightens on ‘upscale comfort stoner food’

taproom on 19th

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.

Taproom on 19th menu

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.

What do you think?

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6 thoughts on “New chef at Taproom on 19th releases menu; new owner enlightens on ‘upscale comfort stoner food’

  • November 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I’m no PR wizard but I think leaving out “mouse” from the title of a food establishment would probably be a good decision. Cask & X is fine. Looking forward to trying this place out.

  • November 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    How about “Stoner’s Cask”, eh?

  • November 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Leave the name

  • November 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I think the prices are high, particularly for that neighborhood. It would be smarter business to start a bit lower, get more people in the door, gain loyal customers, and then raise the prices over time. Seriously, $15 for a burger?

    This is more like it in my opinion:

    Taproom burger – 11
    Lamb burger – 12
    Pig Destroyer – 12
    Fried chicken sandwich – 10
    Fish and chips – 12
    Nachos al pastor – 10

    Those prices, and I’m eating there all the time (customer frequency). Also, when people eat, they drink more.

  • November 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    “No more bikini top Fridays” !!! Really Micheal and Pete, making fun of the girls who are out of a job? That was ONE bartender, I can’t believe that you guys really couldnt leave it alone. Maybe you could have left that out of your promotion. Sorry that we don’t have dusty beards and we shower or we could have fit in better. This ‘better than everyone in South Philly’ shit is unreal.

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