Last week was cold. And wet. I was in a funk all week – like a don’t-come-too-close-or-I’ll-bite-your-head-off kind of funk. All this gray sky is just tough to swallow come June, amiright?! I needed to get out of the house, so Thursday, Derek and I decided to visit a few garden centers around the area. It turned out to be a pretty cold day, so after trudging up and down rows of annuals and perennials, I was ready for a break. More specifically, beer and food.
Town Hall Tap has been at the top of our list for happy hours to get to and since we were in the neighborhood, it seemed as if fate had spoken. We popped in around 5pm to catch the last bit of the 3pm-6pm happy hour. We had our choice of booth or table and chose to cozy up in one of the booths. The perfect choice for deep conversation and gazing lovingly into each others eyes — HA!
First order of business – beers. All of their house brews are $1 off during happy hour. I went with a pretty typical Sarah choice — the Masala Mama IPA ($4) and Derek chose the Marmalade Sky Pale Ale ($4). Both were pretty tasty, but I liked mine the best. Looking over the menu, we decided to try two apps (each a $1 off during happy hour) and split a burger. The Deep-Fried Pickles ($7) and the Brew House Pretzels ($9) seemed to be calling our names! We also put in an order for the Pete’s Cabin Burger ($10) — a cheesy, wild-rice studded, mushroom topped sandwich.
The pretzels and pickles came out within a few minutes — hot and fragrant. The pretzels were warm and soft. They were said to be stuffed with cheddar cheese and jalapeno, but we found them to be a little cheese-less in the middle. They were still very tasty when dipped into the chipotle cheese dipping sauce.
The Deep Fried Pickles were pretty darn good. They were really hot — don’t burn your mouth on the first bite! The creaminess of the cheese was cut nicely by the salty dill pickle in the middle.
Next up — the burger! When we first heard about Town Hall Tap, the rave was all about their burgers — well it’s the truth. Our server nicely split up the burger and fries onto two plates for us. The first bite was delectable — the meat was tender and juicy and the toppings only complemented the already perfect burger. The fries were delish as well — crispy, salty, and sprinkled with herbs — they had a great flavor.
We wrapped up and settled the tab. We were both stuffed and had a box of leftovers to take home as well! Another successful happy hour under our belt. Even though it was still gray, the great food and tasty beer brightened up our day.
Feels like a great neighborhood hang – Just as accommodating to a dad and son after baseball practice as to a group of beer-loving friends, yet still cozy enough for a casual date.
Pleasant and attentive – our server gave us plenty of time to peruse the menu and order slowly even though it was a busy Thursday evening
Thoughtful – everything except the pretzels came in these neat metal dishes – it certainly made what we were eating feel more special.
The beers were delightful and the food was excellent – their burgers are to die for!
Value for Dollars
We had 2 beers, 2 appetizers, and split a burger for around $35 after tip. I consider that a great deal.
But don’t take my word for it!
Town Hall Tap
4810 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
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