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Taphouse 23

mkertello | Dec 11, 201406:27 AM

Wanted to give folks an update on this 'new' spot in Bridgeport. Open only a few weeks now, I attending the grand opening and was not disappointed.

Decor-wise, you walk in and forget you are in this location that went by so many different names over the past few years. Great design, a long, sleek two-level bar, digital screens advertising the multitude of craft beer options, and lots of natural tones make this place feel inviting once you walk in.

Service was rocky on opening night, but since then, things have been ironed out. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly, offering up samples as I've seen many customers perplexed at the vast array of beer options.

The menu is solid, with some bar favorites, like nachos that can feed about 4, a tasty reuben, a simple, yet perfectly executed cheesesteak, and they are not joking when they say 'jumbo wings' (Asian grilled!) Other highlights are the calamari with long hots and spicy marinara, cracker-like flatbreads, buttery oyster po'boy and the messy-yet-delicious hot beef and cheddar sandwich. The dessert this week was a chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon sabayon (yes, it's as good as it sounds). I'm anxious to go back and try the entree section of the menu (with chicken pot pie, seared scallops, and the shrimp and grits!).

As far as the beer menu, there's plenty to like and lots of options for even the most discerning of beer snobs. Price point is okay ($5-8 per pint) but that might be a shock to some folks who were used to this location having $1.50 macro-brew specials.

The outdoor area is still being constructed (complete with a waterfall and a fire pit and ample seating), and there's clearly been a lot of attention (and substantial investment) poured into this to make it a destination. So far, so good from my perspective.

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