Tuesday, March 8, 2011


1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA www.tapat1180.com

On Saturday night Kyle and I had dinner at Tap, located on the corner of Peachtree and 14th street in midtown. Tap has complimentary valet parking in a deck below.

Anyone who knows me has observed that I'm not a salad lover, but I was making an effort to eat healthfully enough to balance out the maltodextrin in the beer that night, so I broke down and decided to try the salmon salad ($12). If you have to order a salad, this one is impressive. The miso-soy marinade on the salmon is a knockout, a great complement to the grilled pears, red peppers (very small pieces), sliced almonds, and mixed greens dress with a pear vinaigrette. This salad also supposedly includes sliced red onion, but I ate the entire plate of food and never spotted a single piece. Oh well, I don't really think the salad suffered. It's an interesting twist on the typical, boring grilled salmon salads offered by most restaurants.

Kyle ordered the pub burger ($12), which comes with fries and (surprise!) a shotglass of chocolate frosty-style milkshake. For those of you who have furtively been dipping your fries into your shakes all these years, you're in luck at Tap, where you apparently have a kindred spirit in the chef. Fries were good (I think they taste like larger versions of the ones served a McDonald's - which is a compliment - but Kyle thought they were a cut above the fast food dish), and the burger itself was cooked to order. Kyle's only complaint was that the patty almost overwhelmed the little English muffin that held it in place.

The beer list was pretty good. Tap currently has 32 brews on draft, including 2 wines. They also offer beer from Red Brick, Terrapin, Sweetwater breweries (all local), along with their own Numbers Ale and a very dark selection called Ode to Mercy from Wild Heaven of Decatur, GA. Along with those, you'll find beer on the menu from across the U.S., England, Ireland, Italy and several choices from Belgium. It's nothing compared to the extensive lists of Summits Wayside Tavern and Brick Store (both previously reviewed), but you'll find something you'll like here.

You can also take advantage of one of the 3 flight offerings - flight school (wheat, lager, porter), South Bound (local brews) or Tour of Belgium (pictured above). It's a decent deal at $6.

Our server, Trevor, was excellent. Super friendly, right on time with refills and quick with the check when we requested it.

It was a good experience, made even better by a printed note at the end of our receipt that claims if you bring the receipt to any Concentrics group restaurant, you can save $11 off any purchase of $25 or more. Don't know if the amount you save is based on the amount you spend originally or not, but I'll happily try another Concentrics place.

Verdict: Very likeable. Above average beer list.

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