Folsom Tap House
Gallery: Folsom Tap House – Aug. 2014 [5 Images] Click any image to expand.
When the restaurant first opened in April, the namesake taps were decidedly dry due to some complications getting their liquor license. Luckily, by the time we visited, the beer was flowing as easily as the conversations in the family-friendly establishment.
Settling into a booth, it was no easy task choosing a brew from a lengthy list that featured both bottles and draft options—from the clean and slightly hoppy Ballast Point Long Fin Lager to the s’more-like Highwater Campfire Stout. To soak up our cervezas, we ordered the nacho appetizer, which boasted a base of sturdy, house-made tortilla chips that were strong enough to hold the homemade chili piled on top. Add to that some pickled jalapeños, cheese sauce and pico de gallo and you’ve got a hearty and satisfying pre-meal snack for two.
Continuing the “classic bar food” theme, I opted for the fish and chips, and my husband ordered the spicy porter burger. I was surprised by the hefty portion of ale- and tempura-fried fish (two pieces of fresh cod about the size and thickness of a cucumber) and the peppered shoestring French fries. The batter was delectably crunchy and the fries crispy—a welcome change from a dish that’s distressingly soggy all too often.
And they’re not kidding around when they describe the burger as being “spicy.” Inside a chewy ciabatta bun was juicy Angus beef, crispy onion strings, applewood bacon, a rich, house-made porter barbecue sauce and ghost-pepper jack cheese. Fair warning: This is not your normal pepper jack. Ghost peppers are the world’s hottest chili, and though they don’t use much, it’s enough to give the burger quite a tasty kick.
They say milk is a good way to beat the heat lingering after eating spicy food, which was a great excuse to try the Tap House Sundae, featuring one scoop each of vanilla, salted caramel and chocolate ice cream and candied walnuts, all drizzled with porter caramel and peanut butter syrup. Yum.
A family-friendly tap house with great classic bar food? I’ll drink to that.
Folsom Tap House, 25005 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 140, Folsom, 916-292-5711, folsomtaphouse.com