Friday, February 3, 2017
City Tap House In Ft. Point
We loved the appetizers at the VIP party at City Tap House so much that we decided to head back recently for dinner. Located in the booming Ft. Point area (a bit set back from the Seaport District and, thus, easier to find an actual parking space), the place was packed on a Sunday night.
We started off with a signature dish, Pimento Cheese with Bacon Jam and Pickled Cucumber. As fans of pimento cheese, we had to sample this. Popular down South, you don't often see it on menus here but we're hoping it soon becomes a thing.
Next up was Oysters Kennedy: Baked Wellfleet Oysters, Spinach, Prosciutto and Parmesan Cream. Briny and delicious and a great match for any one of the many craft beers available.
The Maplebrook Farms Burrata with Mashed English Peas, Prosciutto and Lemon Oil. The creamy, fresh mound of burrata was offset quite nicely by the citrusy, more flavorful version of mushy peas and looked beautiful on the plate.
We washed part of the dinner down with this brand new Hoppy Table Beer from Allagash. City Tap was the very first to get this in the Boston area so we just had to try it. It's a surprisingly mildly hoppy aroma in the Belgian tradition with a slightly fruity, clean taste that held up well with the salty, stronger-flavored plates.
My Shrimp And Grits was served with a requested side of Charred Brussels Sprouts with White Miso and Truffle Salt. Both salty and rich, the sprouts were a delight and the shrimp/grits combination, again a nod to Southern cuisine, is something we'd highly recommend.
The Maple-Brined Pork Chop featured candied pecans and a maple bourbon vinaigrette. Are we seeing the theme here, yet? The slab of pork was perfectly done, juicy and chewy at the same time.
Then there were the Ricotta Beignets. What looked like a heavy finish to our feast was actually quite airy and light with beautiful textures and flavor. Don't miss these.
City Tap House runs a supper special every night save Sundays and also serves up a number of flat bread, wood fired pizzas that looked and smelled so good it's a reason for us to head back.
It wasn't that long ago that this neck of the woods was a vast sea of parking lots and abandoned warehouses. Now, Ft. Point is a hotspot but not as overblown and overdeveloped as the Seaport District. It was even relatively easy to find a parking space, a near impossible feat just a few blocks away that used to be an attractive incentive to visit the area. No longer. Stick with Ft. Point. It has so much to offer.
The crowd here was an eclectic one with families that lingered over dinner and a spillover of young Southie couples and groups of friends hanging out in the no-rush-at-all coziness. Once the warmer weather prevails we are told that outdoor seating will provide more room although the place never felt either crowded or too loud. So, head on over for a relaxing few hours of Southern inspired fare with a New England twist and check out a few new craft beers while you're at it.
City Tap House
10 Boston Wharf Road (just off Congress)
Boston, MA 02210