For the last year or so I'd been reading non stop about the ways in which chef Brian Poe had transformed the restaurant and bar called the Rattlesnake. I'd been there once for a friend's 21st birthday party the summer before my senior year in college and I had no desire to return. I did however, want to taste this exceptional food from chef Brian I'd been hearing so much about.
Well, the dining out gods answered my prayers and chef Brian Poe decided to open a new, solo venture - the Tip Tap Room. The restaurant gets its name from the two main focuses of the menu - tips (as in steak, turkey, lamb, etc.) and taps (beer). Two items that go extremely well together if you ask me.
The Tip Tap Room is located on Cambridge Street between Government Center and Beacon Hill. I walked there after work and it only took me about six minutes.
The outside of the restaurant is gray with big windows open to the street and the sign spray painted in black alongside the front door.
The tofu tips came over a foundation of quinoa with a side of veggies including a row of bright green, buttery avocado.
Somewhere in the middle of our dinner course our waitress came over to ask our names. I thought that was a bit odd. Maybe that would have been normal when we first sat down, but half way through dinner? Turns out she was confirming my name because I had tweeted about the restaurant earlier in the day and as a thank you, chef Brian wanted to send out a surprise.
Well, boy did he surprise us! Our waitress returned with two plates, both carrying beautiful desserts. The first was the bread pudding. Though it appeared dense, it tasted great and the cinnamon flavored whipped cream on top was heaven!
I gave him my honest review and he replied, "Admittedly, I'm a mega carnivore, as you probably guessed from my menu here, but I've dated three vegetarians, so I know how you suffer sometimes at restaurants." Then he proudly shared, "I once converted a girl back to meat with my Easter lamb. I'm very proud of that accomplishment!"
Chef Brian was such a delight to talk to and once he realized I was a vegetarian, he brought me a whole new dessert plate (minus the candied bacon). How sweet! Literally.
Overall, my experience at the Tip Tap Room was a fantastic one! It's easy to get to, has great people watching views, attentive staff, a huge beer list, a vegetarian friendly menu (and chef!) and killer desserts.
Thank you to chef Brian and team for showing us such a marvelous time and a special thank you for our complimentary confections!
Have you been to the Tip Tap Room? What did you think?