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Now open, replacing Tap and Table

After Tap and Table's abrupt closure, many hearts were heavy in the Lehigh Valley. Happily, some employees have reopened it under the name The Trapp Door. The opening was May 26, and we visited the following weekend. Some improvements in the decor were made--it looked cleaner and less cluttered, and there was less candlelight and more electric. The large table in the middle has been replaced by numerous smaller tables.
Now to the important stuff: the beer selection is still good--same amount of excellent drafts and casks. The bottle selection seems pared down, but very complete. The food menu has some small plates, burgers, large plates and desserts. Prices seem about the same. I had the pomme frites, which used to be excellent. They are still very good, but not 100% perfect , and no more presentation like in Brussels (in a funnel). However, the homemade ketchup is way better--thicker, and more flavorful, with a hint of spice. Unfortunately the other two condiments were mustard and black honey -- no mayo!! The black honey was interesting, but the mustard was not doing it for me.
My hubby had corn chowder, which was tasty and smooth, very sweet. For the main course I had the braised short rib, which was tender and deeply flavored. I only wish there were more veggies ser ved with it. Husband had tilefish, which was nicely prepared as well. I do miss the rabbit entree though. We didn't have dessert this time because we had filled up on some wonderful porter. Service was friendly and knowledgeable.
Bottom line: try it. Let's keep it open and support them!

Jun 07, 2011
atownbrucefan in Pennsylvania

Outer Banks suggestions

I just got back from OBX and stayed in KDH too. I'll add my accolades to Kill Devil Grill. We had dessert there one night and came back the next for dinner because everything looked so good. Had fantastic cheese grits with softshells there, and my hubby had wonderful Opah fish from Hawaii. If you go say Hi to the kiwi waitress from us in PA. Anyway, the best dinner we had was in Duck at The Blue Point with a beautiful sunset view. She crab soup, catfish, pork, pickled tomatoes and mac and cheese and cornbread finished with a delectable biscuit with strawberries and cream. Great fish tacos, and wahoo tacos at MamaKwan's, again within walking distance in KDH. From reading posts here, I had the impression it was a hole in the wall, but it isn't. We would have gone back for dinner, except we wanted to try different places. We also ate at the Food Dudes, again walking in KDH. Food was also good (and large portions), The fried green tomatoes and crab cakes and blackened tuna were all memorable. But not as friendly a vibe as the other places. And one of our favorite places was Brine & Bottle on the highway to Roanoke. It had small plates and everything was interesting , fresh, and yummy. They pickle their own stuff and the fried pickles were not in the same universe as those you get at large chains. We also ate at OBX Brewing, which was good but not great. Oh--you gotta try Duck Donuts--there is one in KDH as well as Duck. Bad Bean was ok, but I wouldn't go back. Ate at Black Pelican and had the pizza, which was very good. Best thing would be to sit on the porch with a drink and some bar food. We did have breakfast at Ship's Wheel which had excellent hotcakes, omelettes and real hash browns. We did have some time to sightsee as well as eateateat.

Ship's Wheel
2028 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Kill Devil Grill
2008 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Jun 03, 2011
atownbrucefan in Southeast

Kiawah Island and Charleston

Just got back from Charleston today, and haven't had the nerve to step on the scale yet! Breakfast--tried Toast (excellent biscuits--the best we had), Hominy Grill (banana bread yum) and Queen St Grocery (actually the best tasting egg breakfast of the three, surprising to us, but true). We also tried threelittlebirds on the way to Folly Beach, and it was quite good--very fresh.
Other places we tried--Jestine's - unbelievable pork chop special with collard greens that I will dream about, plus corn bread and fried chicken that was spectacular, and banana pudding with merengue that was fabulous), 82 Queen which had a Southern menu, but was more upscale than Jestine's but not too snotty. The shrimp and grits were heavenly and the cocktails were excellent. Beautiful courtyard. McCrady's had excellent food, but I wished there was more of it. Very gourmety, but kind of full of themselves. Crucafe was also excellent. I had perfectly done wahoo (my favorite fish) with an imaginative cold cellophane noodle salad and the best brocolli I ever ate. Excellent sorbet and gelato near Waterfront Park at a place called Belgian Gelato.

McCrady's Restaurant
2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

82 Queen
82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Jun 03, 2011
atownbrucefan in Southeast