July 27, 2019

Life At The Northern Taphouse

Ah hey ma ma mommy doo-dine-in-ya, ah hey ma ma ma hey-y-yah, life in the Northern Taphouse… So what is life actually like in this new place called the Northern Taphouse? While you continue to sing Dream Academy, I will gladly share that information with you.

After taking over one of the many Applebee’s locations to close down in Lakeville, Lincoln Hospitality stepped in to revitalize one of those closed down “Neighborhood Grills” and turn it into one of their taphouses. They also own Milwaukee Burger Co, a couple of Grizzly’s and a few other taphouses throughout the region. An environment for the sports minded, beer drinking, burger eating, pizza loving type of person! We really wish they would have made the decision to enter Rosemount instead, but it’s not too far away…

But, there are still questions to be answered. Is the food good? Is the beer list good? Are there enough TV’s with sports coverage? Will the Salvation Army band play? Will the children drink lemonade? I’m not so sure about the last couple of questions, but I have answers for you on the first 3!
First, there are plenty of TV’s with every type of sporting event on for all to enjoy; no matter the sport you enjoy watching the most. Secondly, the food is pretty decent, but nothing that will knock your socks off - still better than Applebee's. Finally, as a former consumer of alcohol, the beer list can hold its own and 99% locally raised beers.

For our first visit to Northern Taphouse, my family and I went for the Garbage Pizza and a Maple Butter Burger, while the kiddos enjoyed some cheese pizza. Their pizzas are stone fired ‘zzas and, had they entered the Rosemount market, would have been the best pizza in town. The Garbage Pizza we had was prepared with; pepperoni, red sauce, mozzarella, cob smoked ham, house fennel sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and black olives. My wife and I absolutely loved the fennel sausage and the smaller pepperoni slices are an awesome addition as well. Not too spicy for either protein, but definitely full of flavor.
As for that burger, not terrible, but some minor adjustments would make it a better burger. All their burgers are prepared with two fresh Midwest raised Certified Hereford Beef patties and smashed on the flat top. When preparing doubles using thin patties, the process shouldn’t’ take any longer than 3 minutes a patty. Smash, flip, add cheese immediately, remove and construct burger. I would encourage the staff to shave about 30-40 seconds of the cooking time to keep the patties pink and still juiced up.
The Maple Butter Burger was prepared with sweet maple butter, Muenster cheese, thick-cut bacon and a sunny-side up egg which we decided to leave off. All the flavors together made for a pretty decent creation, but a tad dry for being a flat top made burger. None the less, it had some positive burger vibes. The question my readers are probably asking themselves, “Would it make your top 10 list?” Probably not, even if they made the minor timing changes I mentioned above.

But, I would still go back to order up another ‘zza, definitely try the wings next time because every order that went by our table looked darn tasty and yes, I would even order another burger. I would just build my own next time. I would encourage you to check this place out for yourself. It hasn’t been open very long, but if they remain packed like it was while were there, they have a bright future ahead of them.

Northern Taphouse
18404 Kenrick Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044

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