Monday, November 11, 2013

Kirkland Tap and Trotter

When word got out that Craigie on Main's owner was going to open a new restaurant, it's safe to say there was some excitement. Craigie is known for so many things including its burger and the wonderful tasting menu. Kirkland Tap and Trotter is a warm restaurant, and while you will find similar ingredients as you may see at Craigie, the food at Kirkland Tap and Trotter is more approachable but still executed perfectly.

We got to the restaurant on the later side on a Saturday - since it was only 3 weeks into opening, it was the only time we could get a reservation! The restaurant was definitely a bit crowded and we were prepared to wait, but the hostess asked us whether we would be interested in sitting at the equivalent of a chef's table, which we gladly agreed to. For the evening we had a perfect view of the salad and dessert station, as well as a clear view of the cooks line!

Grilled Corn
The majority of Kirkland Tap and Trotter's menu is designed as shared small plates. While the menu is slightly smaller, it actually just made it less difficult to make my final selections! With three of us, we got a pretty good sampling of the menu, but I will say at 9:30, many of the items had already run out.

Maine Mussels with toasted garlic, saffron and herbs
To begin, we got a couple of more traditional appetizer plates to taste. The grilled corn made me feel like I was out on a deck in the middle of summer. The slight char from the grill added a nice smokey flavor. The saffron added a nice smell and flavor to the mussels we ordered. The prosciutto plate was so fresh tasting, with the pear and miso-mustard working perfectly together. The pears were a bit hard to get on the fork in their perfect julian cut, but were worth all the effort!

Prosciutto, Pear, Herbs and a Miso Mustard
Nick went with the burger (I know, not me!). The grilled grass-fed burger is topped with provolone and a horseradish crema. The meat is flavorful and the horseradish adds a great accent flavor without being too overwhelming. While it is smaller than its Craigie counter-part, at $16 it is a bit cheaper as well.

The Burger!
Even though I am not a huge pepper fan, I still got the grilled Lamb Ribs served over bull horn peppers - I could not resist! The lamb ribs were cooked perfectly and were easily eaten right off the bone.  The lamb was lean without much fat to dig though, making it a pleasure to eat.

After to watching many of the desserts being made, we ultimately settled on sharing the Fruit Crisp with walnut streusel and vanilla ice cream and the Taza chocolate tarte with a bourbon cream. The fruit crisp was warm and highlighted the seasonal fruit, definitely Nick's favorite. My favorite was the tarte. Each bite was so filled with chocolately goodness and the cream just added a refreshing counterpart to the bite.

Fruit Crisp
Chocolate Tarte
After only a few short weeks, Kirkland Tap and Trotter is well on its way. They are definitely still working the number of dishes as well as some things among the line chefs (a few apparent dust-ups occurred during our dinner). I have no doubt this will become a regular go-to for Nick and I as well as many others in the area.

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  1. Sounds like a great first experience there. I will find my way over one of these days. Really missing my old neighborhood with all these great new restaurants opening up there!

  2. I need to check this place out soon. It doesn't look like they have many veg-friendly dishes, but I need to at least try a cocktail. ;)

  3. I am looking forward to checking this place out, especially since it's not too far from work!

  4. Ahh I am definitely getting that chocolate tarte again when I go back! We almost got the lamb ribs, too. Next time :)

  5. I already have plans to go there when I'm home for thanksgiving - can't wait!

  6. the food looks great! can't wait to check this place out!


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