We have been wanting to write restaurant reviews since the day we launched the blog. Not that there is any lack of great SLC food blogs to follow (just check out our last post on SLC Blogs we Read), but we love to eat and really like spreading the word about places we think are worth dining out for.
It has really been a matter of which restaurant we want to write about first, and while we have a huge list, we decided that we would start with a place close to our hearts (and Alex’s house). The East Liberty Tap House opened up shortly after I (Barton) moved to Salt Lake. It was one of the first places we went out to. At the time, I did not fully appreciate what a big deal it was that they could serve beer by itself, WHILE still being a restaurant. This is a luxury I now understand in full.
But let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The Good, The Bad, and The Verdict…
So, as you will see, there isn’t too much bad here at East Liberty Tap House. I would imagine one thing on the top of anyone’s ELTH (East Liberty Tap house) list is the patio. It’s huge, it’s amazing and right now the temperature outside is perfect. On top of this, the beer selection is big enough without being overwhelming. They have a feature tap that they rotate, often with beers outside of the state. And don’t worry, there are cocktails and wine for those who don’t drink beer!
As far as the food goes, think upscale bar food. Burgers, tacos, and fried goodness with interesting twists. The Sloppy Lamb is an amazing take on the traditional sloppy joe. And don’t discount the chop salad. Add chicken to the top and you have a nice light lunch or dinner option. The queso dip with all of the fixin’s is more than your average cheese dip and a great snack if you are sharing. Most importantly- the corn dog nuggets. Yea, you heard that right. This elevated child hood treat is coated in a fluffy chedderwurst cornmeal batter and served with spicy mustard. There fries also deserve an honorable mention for there perfect crispness and delicious seasoning.
If you aren’t on the patio, enjoy the interior decor, complete with School House Electric lighting, old school Eames style chairs, and some overlay pop art. Regardless of where you enjoy your meal, you are sure to have a nice time with friends or family at the Tap House.
It isn’t necessarily a bad thing for them, but it is almost always packed at the Tap House. It is a rare occasion that even the pair of us can walk up and grab a table, especially on the patio. Luckily, there are nice shops in 9th and 9th you can check out while you wait. They will call you when your table is ready and you can scurry back over.
Another downfall may be the small kitchen. On busy nights, it can take a little while to get your food, so don’t go planing on getting in and out quickly. Luckily, you have time to enjoy a beer or glass of wine.
No review would be complete without an overall verdict, so what it ours? The ELTH is worth the wait. Good food and great beer make it a spot worthy of lunch, dinner, or late night. Luckily, they are open daily from 12pm to 12am! One of the few spots in the 9th and 9th neighborhood you can close out a bar and walk home.