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Deep-fried Bacon-wrapped “BLT” Dog & 40+ Draft Beers @ TAPS (Petaluma)

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Deep-fried Bacon-wrapped “BLT” Dog & 40+ Draft Beers @ TAPS (Petaluma)

Melanie Wong | | Nov 11, 2009 10:55 PM

Petaluma has a new hot dog and craft beer specialist. Located in the Petaluma Hotel, behind Bank of America, Taps features about 40 draft beers on tap and a menu of specialty hot dogs and other food. I stopped there on Monday night during football on my way back to the City to grab a bite.

Besides the bar, the seating includes some small tables and I noticed a stack of kids’ booster chairs on the side. The alcohol-free side of the beverage list had six root beers.

I went with the “BLT” hot dog, $6.75, featuring a hot dog wrapped with a spiral of bacon then deep-fried. It’s dressed with crunchy lettuce, slices of tomato, and a squiggle of mayonnaise. This dog was cradled in warm and crusty French bread that wrapped up along the sides but was essentially open-face. This was not the “ripper” I’d hoped to find here, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Made with a skinless Kirkland brand all-beef dog, the deep-frying changes the texture of the meat to be coarser and a bit dryer, but not dried out. It also tasted smokier and saltier than a grilled Kirkland dog. The bacon does crisp up nicely with this treatment. I could have used a little more mayo and I did add some mustard from the caddy of squeeze bottles on the table. Garnishes were very fresh. The bread part was the right amount but I felt the crust was too firm and crunchy for the application.

Here’s the photo of the BLT.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

Garlic fries were fine. Not great, but fried to a light golden brown with nice crispness. The garlic-parsley mince was flicked randomly onto the surface of the fries in big blobs. Ranch dressing was offered on the side.

Beer-wise, I asked about the casked Lagunitas Ruben and the Jets aged in a bourbon barrel and was offered a free taste. Deep and rich with chocolate malt and coffee flavors, but I needed something more refreshing to eat with a deep-fried dog. My waitress then suggested the house ale (made by Firestone) or the Trumer pilsner and brought free tastes of each. I went with the Trumer.

I did ask whether snappier dogs with casings were available. The Chicago dog and the Italian beef are sourced from Vienna Beef. Also, each of the hot dogs has a different roll selected for the combination. The specialty is chili cheese fries and I was told the chili is housemade.

I’d love to hear what other chowhounds think about this place. Beer is not a big interest of mine, but even I can tell that there’s something special going on here that beer lovers should be excited about.

Taps Restaurant and Tap Room
http://www.petalumataps.com
205 Kentucky Street (beneath the historic Petaluma Hotel)
Petaluma, CA, 94952
Phone: (707) 763-6700
Hours:
Mon – Wed: 4:00pm- 10:00 pm
Thursday – Sat: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (kitchen currently opens @ 11:30)

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