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 The large table in the middle has been replaced by numerous smaller tables.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!