Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Taylor County Taphouse--Super Popular New Wave Comfort Food and Beer Garden

Taylor County Taphouse is the hoppin' place in town right now and they do live up to their name with a gargantuan list of beers to try both on tap and by the bottle.  The atmosphere is loud when the place is full (and it definitely was on a Friday night) but that goes along with the vibe they are cultivating.  We were seating within 10 minutes when we arrived at 6:30pm but shortly thereafter the small waiting area was overflowing. The dining room is average sized with tables close together. Not really a romantic date place but great for a fun night with friends. 
Thick cut chicken-fried bacon with mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy
We began with the deep fried thick-cut bacon, biscuits and gravy ($7). It was scrumptious! 
For dinner, my husband had the chicken fried steak ($15) and I ordered the green chile shrimp and grits ($14).  The portions were average but we weren't hungry when we left. The hubby enjoyed his CFS. The ingredients were top notch, though my grits were a bit on the clumpy side. There were about 6 good sized shrimp in my dish. They are still refining the menu, so what you see on their page online may not be what you see on the menu when you get there. Also, expect to spend some money. The starters range in price from $5 for deviled eggs to $15 for a charcuterie board (meats and cheeses with crackers and a honeycomb). Entrees start at $9 and go up to $32. Salads and soups also available for lighter appetites. If you are into craft and imported beers you could rack up quite the bill before it is all said and done. 
Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, and stir-fried green beans with garlic
Our server was knowledgeable and attentive despite the place being jam-packed. The decor is dark wood and there is a large patio (curretly enclosed due to temperatures) that will be great in warmer weather.  The only blip during our visit was the fire alarm going off a couple of times. New cooks in the kitchen?

I think for me it will be apps and a cold beverage on the patio with my compadres once springtime gets here.

4002 Catclaw Dr.

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