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City Tap House: Go for Happy Hour, Stay for Dinner

citytaphouse_logoWith 40+ beers on tap, City Tap House is the perfect place for a craft beer fan. But that’s not all! Situated in Chinatown across the street from City Center at 9th and I Streets NW, they are in a great location. Hit the bar before for their 5 O’Clock club happy hour,  stop in for one of their Daily Supper specials off their dinner menu or enjoy brunch with bottomless beermosa, mimosa & bloody mary cocktails for $18.

The rustic wood walls reclaimed from a Pennsylvania farm give diners a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of a ski lodge. TVs are dotted around playing sports, but it’s unobtrusive enough that you can have a nice meal without feeling like you are in a sports bar. Perfect place to bring a date and still check the scores. There is room for larger parties to dine without feeling crowded and a stone walled private dining room that can be partitioned for smaller groups.

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Our server, Jordan was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. He was a great help in deciphering the extensive beer list finding us great tasting beers. If you are new to the beer world or want to try some new things, definitely ask for Jordan.

Our Beers:
Atlas Rowdy – Rye malt spice compliments hops well.
Founder’s All Day IPA – citrusy lots of grapefruit flavor nice finish.
Union Balt Alt – “Old world, old school” German style brown. Nice rich dark flavor

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Our Appetizers:
Korean Short Rib Tacos: pickled cabbage slaw, cilantro, chili sauce – Moist meat and great flavors. Has a kick without being too spicy or overpowering. Light slaw on top. Use the lime, it adds some great acidity. Tacos are a favorite so far.
Honey Goat Cheese Pizza: sliced red onion, pistachio, rosemary, truffled honey – Perfect crisp crust. Light truffled honey flavor makes it sweet and savory.
Blue Crab Mac N’ Cheese: Jumbo lump crab, fontina cheese – Generous chunks of crab and very cheesy served in a skillet to keep it nice and hot.
Lamb Neck Gravy: herbed ricotta, grilled bread Just eat it! Incredibly tender traditional red sauce gravy with herbed ricotta makes it decadent without being over powering. The General Manger, Pearson told us “sharing goes out the window with this dish.” Served in a skillet sitting on a farmhouse style cloth napkin I found myself eating it with a spoon once the bread was finished.

Clockwise from top left: Short Rib tacos, Honey Pizza; Lamb Neck Gravy, Crab Mac

Clockwise from top left: Korean Short Rib Tacos; Honey Goat Cheese Pizza; Lamb Neck Gravy; Blue Crab Mac N’ Cheese

Our Plates:
The Ribeye: truffled mashed potatoes, foraged wild mushrooms, caramelized cipollini onions, sauce bordelaise – I had it medium rare, it was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy, sitting atop truffled mashed potatoes with a creamy awesome truffle flavor. The sautéed greens, cipollini onion and mushrooms make a perfect topping.
The Tap Burger: creekstone farms ground beef, Lancaster rustic cheddar, agrodoice onion, beer gastrique, toasted brioche – The meat really speaks for itself with this burger, it holds up really well and is not sloppy like some other DC burgers.
Truffle aioli for the duck fat fries is the perfect amount of truffle they are not stingy on the truffle here.

Left: Ribeye; Right: Taphouse Burger

Left: Ribeye over Truffled Mashed Potatoes; Right: Taphouse Burger with Duck Fat Fries

Our Dessert:
Peanut Butter Blondie Smash: singing dog vanilla gelato, chocolate stout sauce – The chocolate came out bubbling in the skillet. Creamy peanut butter blonde with the fudge and vanilla gelato it makes a perfect bite. We devoured this in mere minutes.

Peanut Butter Blondie Smash

Peanut Butter Blondie Smash

The Tap House also proudly serve Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato with rotating seasonal flavors. Dolcezza is made locally in DC.

There are so many tantalizing options on the menu I know I’ll be back to try them all, especially the truffle pizza with slices of black truffle under the cheese.



City Tap House
Website: www.citytaphousedc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CityTapHouseDC
Twitter: @TapHouseDC

801 Eye Street
Corner of 9th and Eye Streets
Washington, DC 20001
202.644.9433
info@citytaphousedc.com

Hours:
Sunday thru Thursday: 11:30am – 1:30am; Kitchen serving until 12:30am
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 2:30am; Kitchen serving until 1:30am

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    FourthandEye says

    A big improvement over restaurant 901 that previously occupied the space. I didn’t feel 901 had anything that stood out as exceptional and made you want to come back. City Tap House has a strong craft beer program and the food is outstanding.