Seven Brides Tap Room
One of the perks of being a contributor of www.Eatsalem.com is the opportunity to regularly check out online menus. Great menus can be like entry level food porn. When I added the link to Seven Brides Taproom and took the opportunity to scan their menu, I knew N and I would have to make the drive to Silverton. All in the line of duty, of course.
We hopped into the car early Sunday evening for a drive northeast of town through the valley's wide open agricultural land. The outside of the taproom has the appearance of a new, metal-sided warehouse, but once you step inside that impression is gone. It's a wide open space (somewhere around 2,000 sq ft?) with a beautiful bar as the focal point. The illuminated, recessed mirrors behind the bar give the illusion of even more space. The supporting posts have been encircled with metal siding, creating a pillar or column effect. As I'm not a big fan of multiple TVs, I was pleased to see that they offer only one smallish, flat screen television over the bar. Six pm on a Sunday and the place was 2/3 full.
Two servers/bartenders handled the customers. Our server was a young man with a wonderful smile and laugh. He greeted us, dropped off menus, assuring us he'd be right back to help. With this many beer and wine choices, help is good.
I zeroed in on Frankenlou's IPA. The menu listed it's IBU's (click here for link to definition) as a whopping 120! I enjoy a good hoppy brew. When our server returned, he said the IBU count on their latest batch was a little lower. He offered to bring out samples of Frankenlou for me and a mixture of oatmeal and chocolate stout for N. We sipped the generous samples, ordered our pints and tried to pick just one meal apiece from the menu.
The pulled pork sandwich was tempting, but since it had been so long since I'd enjoyed one, I chose the Reuben. "Cured corned beef on rye bread, with our house dressing, swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Served with your choice of two sides. $10" I picked their roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables for my sides. N also struggled with the decision between their pulled pork, mac and cheese, or fish tacos. He went with the fish tacos. "Blackened Tilapia, served on four fresh corn tortillas with our house made pico de gallo, lime, and a custom made mojito grilling sauce. Served with slaw and tortilla chips. $10"
Even though the rye bread on my Reuben was thick sliced, it didn't take away from the other robust flavors of sauerkraut, corned beef, swiss cheese and sauce. Not only was my sandwich delicious, but the sides of steamed broccoli and roasted potatoes were as tasty as I expected. Another napkin would've been welcome. Only for my hands, though. I avoided making a mess on the table or myself.
N quietly entered his own little world, taking his time as he thoughtfully spaced out each bite of taco and coleslaw, a sure sign that he wants to extend the enjoyment of a good meal. The inviting smells of warm, fresh tortillas and pico de gallo, left me hoping he'd share a taste. He did, mmmm!
Our server gave N and me the run down on what desserts were available. When the other server reminded him that they were out of our first choice, apple turnover, he recommended the strawberry shortcake. My first thought was, "in March??" As you can see from the photo in the slideshow above, the presentation was lovely and so was the dessert. The cake tasted like a crumb cake with a light streusel layer in the middle, drizzled with what I think was a mixture of cream, vanilla, and sugar. I was pleased to discover it wasn't overly sweet. The delicate flavors were a treat for the taste buds.
What a nice experience! I can't wait to return.
Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm
Sunday 11am - 8pm
990 North First Street
Silverton, Oregon 97381
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