It’s been a while since I’ve been over at Tap 42 in Boca Raton, so I thought it was time to stop in and reacquaint myself with the joint that offers up 42 craft beers and “gastropub” fare.
Located at Boca Center, across from Rocco’s Tacos, the restaurant has a large bar, outdoor communal seating as well as seating inside.
Open for lunch and dinner, Tap 42 has appetizers that include flame-grilled chicken wings, tuna tartare, and the always delicious sweet and spicy calamari ($11.50 – $15.50). Entrée size salads include a chopped, southern, fried chicken, superfood and an ahi tuna poke salad to name a few ($12.50 – $18.50).
Two burgers, a steak sandwich, and a chicken tender melt round out the “Burgers & Sandwiches” section of the menu ($14.50 – $18.50). Side note, Tap 42 used to offer a $5 burger on Monday nights. They no longer promote this offer on their website or social media channels and didn’t see any mention of it at the restaurant, though I’ve been told their $14.50 Prohibition Burger is ½ price Monday evenings.
For entrees, they offer up ribs, a few seafood options and a couple of steaks ($15.50 – $29.50). On this particular visit, we went with steak and chicken.
The Chimichurri Skirt Steak is served with chimichurri and a creamy garlic mojo sauce with a side of tostones ($25.50). A good portion of each is served and the steak was tender, well grilled and cooked to the desired temperature. I’m not a huge fan of tostones, so next time I’d substitute.
The next entrée was the Free Range Citrus Grilled Chicken that was made up of two rather large boneless breasts marinated in garlic and herbs and served with a chopped romaine salad with a balsamic glaze ($18.50). The chicken exploded with flavor and was extremely tender and juicy. The accompanying salad was “blah” and looked and tasted like it was put there just to take up space on the plate. Unfortunate, for such great tasting chicken. For a “light” dish, the salad could have been more imaginative.
Service was “on tap” with our friendly server never allowing our glasses to be empty, helping out with menu choices and checking to see if “everything is delicious.”
Tap 42 is still a pleaser in my book, with the exception of those damn communal tables! While some may like having dinner with a dozen other strangers, I prefer not to. But I get it, it’s a place to get social, have a few beers, not worry what others may think about your conversation as they eavesdrop…
Couple items to note, the folks at Tap 42 seem to have taken a break from updating their social media presence which today is a no-no. There’s nothing that bothers me more when I’m looking for a place to hang out and have a bite to eat and I visit their Facebook page and nothing’s been updated for over a month. Post your specials, I know you offer them, highlight some of your menu items, do something!
Their website has an events calendar where specials used to be loaded, but now every day is just “late night happy hour.” If you’re going to sample some of the different craft beers and what to see what’s being offered, the last time the beer menu was updated was November ’17 so it may not be current.
Finally, Tap 42 has a Bottomless Brunch that’s offered Saturday and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm with a special brunch menu with the option to add on bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.