As I was editing some photos on my Netbook, it occurred to me that I never wrote about the restaurants I visited back in June as part of my boyfriend's birthday celebrations. I hating wasting opportunities to share my eating adventures with my readers, so I'm going to post the pictures I took even though so much time has passed. Let's hope I'm better about writing about the food and restaurants I encounter on my upcoming trip to Austin after I get back!
Stephen and I headed to Tap and Table Gastopub in Emmaus, PA to check out their massive beer list, which features 3 hand-pumped cask beers, 6 draft beers, and over 150 bottles of ales and lagers. We didn't have a reservation and were faced with a 45-minute wait for a table upon our arrival. Before we could weigh the pros and cons of waiting, the host told us that we were in luck. Some spots at the bar just opened up -- did we want them? Hell yes!
One of benefits of sitting at the bar was our proximity to the giant jar of pickles, sitting atop the bar like a trophy or other major showpiece. Of course I ordered one to nibble on while we waited for the rest of our food to come out. I was given a knife in case I wanted to demonstrate my impeccable restaurant etiquette, but I couldn't bring myself to eat a pickle with a knife and fork, so I just picked the thing up and chomped away happily.
Stephen ordered the Kobe Beef Burger with Caramelized Onions, Applewood Bacon, and Cheddar (the picture of which did not come out in focus -- I blame the alcohol content of the beer I was drinking), while I kept it simple and ordered the Pommes Frites. The plate that was put in front of me hardly resembled a side, and I wondered whether the folks at Tap and Table intended for the sides to be shared. Regardless, the Pommes Frites were delicious, fried to crispy perfection, lightly salted, and accompanied by three dipping sauces -- an aioli, a slightly sweet homemade ketchup (that was a far from Heinz as you could get), and a spicy mustard. I would have loved to drizzle some malt vinegar over the Pommes Frites, but they didn't carry it.
We truly enjoyed ourselves that night, from the vibe in the room to the decor to the live music, and I hope Stephen and I will return to Tap and Table soon. We have a lot of beers to work through!
Tap and Table Gastropub
4226 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 965-1009 | Map