April 20, 2015

Locavore Hear Me Roar

I used to sit quietly, usually agreed politely and forgot that I had a choice. I decided one day to rock the boat, make a mess and stopped making bad choices with my restaurant decisions. Restaurant chains are being out performed by local owners and my newest favorite lo-cal, Tamarack Tap Room in Woodbury is serving some delicious food.

I was invited to pay the newest edition to Woodbury a visit by the Tap Room's ownership and a friend of mine, Anton, who happens to be an employee of theirs. How could I say no!? I packed up my little guy (can't wait to show him what good food is) and we were on our way to daddy and Easton date night (mommy was on vacation with relatives). I had already been reviewing the menu trying to figure out what I would order and I had a list going. What I ended up ordering tells me one thing, my return is inevitable.

I decided, no, my belly decided that my first meal at the Tamarack Tap Room was going to be a burger known as, the Locavore. Made with local Struass Free range grass fed beef, duck bacon, cheddar, fried egg, pretzel bun. Anyone who knows my appetite knows the one thing that caught my attention with this burger - DUCK BACON! I ordered my burger pink as any good "Locavore" should and my side was their signature house cut fries and like the eye of a tiger, I was digging into this thing. The fries were perfect and the burger itself - PHE-NOM-EN-AL! I've had plenty of pretzel buns that always seem to be far too dry, but their pretzel bun was perfect - little snap to the outside, warm and moist on the inside. As for the Duck Bacon, really, do I have to say anything else? It's Duck Bacon!

I had to of course add a little fire to my burger and of course had something delicious to help wash this outstanding burger down. I asked for a sample of their house made Ghost Pepper Aioli which was amazing and asked my server (who by the way was one of the most considerate servers ever - more on that later) to ask the bartender and my pal Anton for anything German and cold. He brought me a Hefeweizen and 2 small samples that were all cold and oh so delicious.

I just mentioned how considerate my server was and boy was she ever. Traveling with a little one and being a male has its challenges, particularly when it comes to changing said little one. Not enough businesses place a changing table in the men's room which is very frustrating. My server decided to speak with management about allowing me to use the ladies room changing table (once it was of course vacated). They were more than accommodating and respectful of the situation as were other patrons. I thanked the staff and the manager and he was taken back from my experience and is looking into adding a changing table to the men's room now.

You're definitely going to hear me roar again when I visit again and again and again so I can try the other items that were on my list. Suppose you want to hear about that list? Here ya go; Umami Burger - Porcini mushroom crusted burger, seared foie gras, truffle brie, port wine reduction. Short Rib Burger - Surly bender braised short rib, horseradish cheddar, bourbon bbq sauce, brioche bun. Sausage Board - Cilantro duck, jalapeno elk, local cheese, nuts, pickled veg, pear mustardo and ciabatta. Short Rib Mac n' Cheese - Four cheese mac, short ribs, wild mushrooms, rigatoni, ciabatta. Brown butter Lobster Roll - Maine Lobster, brown butter lemon aioli, house made slaw, chips. and I also want to take on their burger challenge, The Big 24 - 24oz triple decker, 6 slices of pecan smoked bacon, 3 slices of American cheese, 3 slices of swiss, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion & pickle, brioche bun, house sauce - Finish this beast in 10 minutes & get a free draft (or t-shirt) of your choice.

I wonder if Katy Perry would ever pay this place a visit???? One thing is for certain... I will indeed be back to tackle my list and enjoy some more delicious food. Now that I have your mouth watering, what do you plan on trying?

Tamarack Tap Room
8418 Tamarack Village 
Woodbury, MN 55125

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