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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Oct. 27)
Taproom260, a gastro-pub that checks all the boxes
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

It’s been a little over a month since Taproom260 first opened its doors to the public. The gastro-pub is located on Centrum Blvd. in the space once occupied by D’Arcy McGee’s.

The owners thought it was a good time to give the neighborhood pub a serious makeover, and after extensive renovations which took nearly a month to complete Taproom260 was the result.

Taproom260 is located in the same space on Centrum Boulevard previously occu-pied by D’Arcy McGees. Staff photo

Gone are all the dividers, walls and posts that gave one a sense of claustrophobia. They’ve been replaced by an open concept dining area and a massive bar that seats three times the number of patrons the old bar could accommodate.

The massive bar is necessary to make room for the massive draft beer selection. Taproom260 - the name is the actual address, 260 Centrum Blvd. - has no fewer than 24 beers to chose from including several local brews from Stray Dog, Old Dominion, Beau’s and the Orleans Brewing Company.

Even more impressive than the beer is the menu which is a mix of unique starters, hearty sandwiches, build-your-own-burgers, and main entrées.

The starter menu includes some of the usual classics like wings, nachos and sweet potato fries, but they also offer such interesting choices as a Jalepeno Bacon Cheese Dip, Braised Beef Poutine, and a two different Charcuterie boards.

I tried the Calamari during a recent visit to the Taproom and it was excellent, both in terms of the portion size and the quality. The breading was crisp and the calamari was perfectly cooked. Sticking with the starters, Taproom260 also has a nice selection of soups and salads, including the French Onion soup and a house Caesar Salad.

But my interest was peaked by two other choices – the Kale, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad, and the Salmon Niçoise Salad. I can hardly wait until I get to try both offerings.

If you’re a burger person, the Taproom has 17 different toppings to choose from including Blueberry Chutney, Goat Cheese, Peameal Bacon and Smoked Salmon, They also offer three creations inspired by obvious burger aficionados – the Caribbean Burger, the I Am Canadian Burger and the Berry Brie Burger.

The sandwich menu includes such tantalizing choices as the Western Pulled Braised Beef Sandwich, the Fried Cod Sandwich and the Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Sandwich. They also serve Fish Tacos, a AAA Steak Sandwich and an Artisan Club Sandwich.

Which brings me to the main menu topped by the house specialty – the Beer Braised Beef which is slow cooked in Innis & Gunn oak-aged beer and served with a sweet potato mash, a seasonable vegetable and a thick, sumptuous gravy.

I never can resist sampling the house specialty and I wasn’t disappointed. The large portion of beef was tender and easily shredded with the slightest of touches. The seasonal veg was my favourite – asparagus – and the sweet potato mash was a nice touch.

Other items on the entrée menu are the fish and chips; Paste Pescatore and Pasta Rustica; Stuffed Pepper Pie; Chicken and Beef Pot Pies; Chicken Curry Roti; and Lemon Maple Salmon. But best of all, they serve Eggs Benedict all day long.

The Taproom has also adopted the daily Social Features from 4-6 p.m. Besides reduced prices for several of their draft beers they also have daily social hour specials. For instance, every Wednesday they have an East Coast Kitchen Party during which a one piece Fish & Chips is just $10 and a pint of Keith’s is $6.

They also have live music on Wednesdays twice monthly. Monday is Mash Up Day when all of their features are offered on the same day.

The Jimmy Buffet-inspired Parrot Tuesdays feature the $12 Cheeseburger in Paradise and $4 Fish Tacos.

Thursdays are Old School ReWine time with $5 off bottles of wine and personal Charcuterie Boards for $15.

The Saturday Social is reserved for Craft Beer specials served up with toe-tapping live music. And on the last day of the week patrons can enjoy $10 Fish & Chips and $12 Pot Pies and $6 beer features.

For a complete rundown of the menu, daily features and special events visit www.taproom260.com.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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