For those that don't know - I moved from St Paul to Mora, MN SOOO decent chow places are uh, few and far between and I can only get my restaurant fix when I visit my BF who lives in Powderhorn. I was down on Sat and we were considering Piccolo, Saffron, Craftsman or Cafe Ena. We ended up at Pat's Tap (long story).
Anyway, FYI - Pat's Tap of course is NOT like the prior 4 options of course but ya know what? Pat's Tap is pretty good. Service is really quick, friendly (but not the annoying "trying to be my friend" type of service) and helpful on menus and cocktail direction; constant water refills (I like that), etc.
Cocktails are VERY good (whiskey sour was well made) and at $9 - compares to other options around town. Excellent beer list- as it should have. Moos Joos...mmm...
Two apps - MUST TRY buffalo chicken terrine when you're there; it looks pretty, tastes better. Cheese curds are well, cheese curds. It is everything a curd should be (and it will definitely give you your fix til you get to the State Fair). Entrees were nothing over the top but fresh ingredients with full flavor on the fish tacos, bangers and mash (companion said not best he's ever had but good enough) and I had the chargrilled (nice char) harissa and honey roasted chicken sandwich. I know it's a sandwich but in another discussion thread when we talked about Brasa, Big E and I each talked about how to make a good sandwich. There's a whole lot going on - fresh but hearty foccacia that can withstand the chicken (which was really good), against pickled chilies and manchego cheese, garlic aioli -everything pairs well together as a melt together mouth pleasure!
Skip the fries and stick with the American-sized portion of homemade potato chips--large, thin, crispy, warm and salty goodness!
5 drinks, 3 entrees, 2 apps---about $110-before tip - pretty good I'd say. There's good people watching (all types of people), skee ball and the noise level is 'pub' without overkill.
After that, we got into the car and went to Pumphouse Creamery. I'm used to Grand Ole Creamery and Conny's Creamy Cone--but PHC was pretty darn good...it felt lighter than its counterparts.
A place like Pat's Tap reminds me that my culinary experiences don't always have to be Frost or 112 or LBV...it can be just good old bar food done a few notches above....