Friday, April 23, 2010

Taps Wine and Beer Merchants - Tampa, FL

What a wonderful evening of great food and music. We headed over to Tampa to hear a local singer that we follow, Meredith Marsh, perform at this downtown spot. We had never been there before, but we dearly wanted to hear Meredith perform. We arrived downtown and found a pay parking lot across the street from the restaurant. If you are lucky enough to find a spot, metered parking is free in the evenings. The restaurant has a hip vibe with bar tables and a long low couch towards the back with cool skeleton pillows on the couch. We dined at one of the tables outside on the sidewalk, where Meredith was singing. Outside, there is also a low couch and tables for those who want to get a little more comfortable. Outside is beautiful with views across the street of the University of Tampa.

When seated, our server brought us an extensive beer list and a wine list. The wine list had a number of nice choices, but I would have loved to have seen a few more international choices. The evening was warm, so I decided to go for a Rose, a favorite warm weather wine of mine. Rose wines were something I didn't care to try in the past, but this last year, I have developed quite the love for them. My husband chose the Sauvignon Blanc, which was quite nice. Like I said, the beer list was quite extensive with a large draft and bottled beer selection. Next time, I would like to go there and try some of the beers.

For food, we started with the beer queso nachos. This was a generous plate of nachos with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa on top. They were delicious and the guacamole was some of the best I have had in a long time. My son ordered the Roast Beef sliders Au Jus. These come on a baguette sliced into three portions with provolone cheese and they were quite tasty. My husband chose the vegetarian sandwich, which was roasted vegetables including mushrooms, peppers, onions, roasted asparagus, Gorgonzola cheese, and garlic mayo on a baguette. The roasted vegetable sandwich was my favorite out of our three orders. The strong cheese with the roasted vegetables was absolutely wonderful. For myself, I chose the turkey and brie sandwich with pear chutney and arugula on a baguette. This was very good and the pear chutney along with the brie really brought the sandwich together. Along with our sandwich was a nice salad with a strawberry on top that was quite lovely.

This was a truly lovely evening with good food and great music. The service was polite, but a bit slow at times. This is a place I would love to play a repeat visit to, especially if Meredith is playing. Good food, good drinks, and good music. It couldn't get any better.

Taps Wine and Beer Merchants
777 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

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