After hearing coworkers and others rave about the Tremont Tap House, we finally got around to checking it out first-hand this week.
If you haven’t been, the Tap House considers itself to be Cleveland’s first gastropub. They feature a very distinctive beer list, as you might suspect, as well as a menu that boasts everything from gourmet soft pretzels to scallops, all reasonably priced while using locally grown ingredients wherever possible. The inside is long and narrow with an equally long bar and lots of exposed brick. Good music offering as well (Modest Mouse, OK Go, etc.). My favorite feature, however, were the tabletops. Each one features a design from a local artist. Our table was created by Scott Radke, who is a well-know artist throughout Tremont.
Jamie started with a Brooklyn Brown, although I ended up drinking half (I’m notorious for eating/drinking whatever he gets – I think it’s cute, him not so much). Then we split the #1 pretzel with a smoked cheddar stout dipping sauce. For dinner, I had the cheese soup, also with smoked cheddar and winter white ale, and the strong ale braised short rib sliders. Jamie went with the egg burger with Swiss and caramelized onions.
Everything we had was very enjoyable. The large and fluffy pretzel came out piping hot, with very little salt (which I prefer). The dipping sauce was creamy and definitely rich with cheddar flavor – a great way to start things off. My soup, with crunchy pretzel croutons, was also good, although served a bit cold. I liked it though and would get it again. The two mini sliders were served with house slaw on mini buns, although I omitted half of the buns. I figured I’d also end up taking the cabbage off as well but ended up really liking the entire arrangement. It added an additional layer of unexpected flavor to the short ribs. As for the nice-sized burger, Jamie enjoyed it very much. Although, if it has an egg on it, it’s pretty much a guarantee he’ll love it.
We definitely plan to go back. There are other items we want to try and it’s nice to have another option close to home (only took us 20 mins from the east side) that serves great food in a cool, relaxed environment.