Seven Brides Tap Room

One of the perks of being a contributor of 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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Chuck Bradley said...

KandN, Was the Kraut well drained on your Reuben? And was it layered between the Meat and Cheese or was it next to the Rye Bread?

KandN said...

Chuck, I thought of you as I ordered that sandwich. :) If you click on the last photo in the slide show above, you can zoom in and see that the sauer kraut is right in the middle and well drained.

Chuck Bradley said...

KandN, Thank you! What a great place. Since I chose the same Fish Tacos as N, I won't repeat what you described so well. I loved ‘em. SWMBO had the Portobello Sandwich with Ellie Oatmeal Aioli, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Red Onion and a Mild White Cheese. Yum! She chose Butter Nut Squash Soup as her side. Our server, Justine, did a great job and hung in there with me through my litany of questions. We too had their tasty Frankenlou’s IPA. (Shared a 20 ouncer.)

We noticed a couple at a nearby table with a line-up of brews. The glasses appeared to be 5 or 6 oz. each. I jokingly asked Justine if that was their sampler tray. To my amazement, she said yes. All 10 of their brews for $10! I’ll return with a friend or two (or a designated driver) and check this out. If I’m right about the glass size, that’s almost two quarts of Beer/Ale, and most of it is not 3.2% stuff.

If you find yourself in Silverton, this place is a “must try”.

Note: They're closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

KandN said...

I'm glad the two of you enjoyed it as much as we did. :) They are definitely not stingy with their samples. N and I tried 3 different beers before choosing.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I love the Tap Room and decided to make the scenic drive over on a recent summery evening. Outside on the patio were tables of people drinking beer and listening to pleasent music from a live jazz band. This place never lets us down! Service is always great, cheerful and helpful, the brews are well-made and the wine is really great, and they're both priced so well. We had two drinks and dinner each for under $40!

Their food is definitely what keeps this place on our minds. This time we both ordered the bacon burger, one with a side salad, one with roasted potatoes. Man it was good! Everything was so fresh, well-seasoned, tasty. My husband couldnt stop raving about the beef. We couldnt tell from the menu where their beef comes from, but their website advertises "local food".... anyway their burgers seem to be a step up in flavor from our other favorite burgers in town (like La Capitale's and the Ram). The flavorful patty really reminded me of the grass-fed beef from my grandparents' farm that I grew up eating. Real cheese, fresh veg, and not so tall we couldnt get our mouths around 'em. So good! So reasonably priced, too. Go eat here if you havent yet!

On the way out of town we stopped at the local bowling alley for $15 unlimited bowling and more beers. We thought it was a nicer, cleaner place than most we go to locally in Salem -- Silverton provided a fantastic night out!

Michael said...

How in the world did I miss this place? I've bought their beer at Roth's before, and I knew it was local, but I guess I didn't realize their brewery was in Silverton.

The food was excellent - one burger and one order of fish tacos. Getting brewery fresh beer is always a treat.

I don't have time for a longer review, but it sure was an unexpected surprise. Highly recommended.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot Michael
Need to get there next week