Last night the owners of Mockingbird Taproom finally held their grand opening just shy of a month in business and we were among the invited many who sampled their way through the menu of burgers, wings, tacos and various other kicked up versions of bar food. In addition to a large and well executed food menu, the Taproom boasts a fabulous brew list, with choices from all across North Texas and beyond.
This is another Restaurant America location. You know these guys from Chicago, they are single-handedly attempting to take over Dallas one restaurant at a time. They also own Primebar in Uptown and Park Tavern in the Shops at Park Lane. Both of these locations do superb business and for just reason. They also own the Townhouse Kitchen in the Galleria which has been altered several times, but still suffers from poor service and an even poorer menu.
In the works is Boca Chica in the Shops at Park Lane which is not the Dominican Republic city but rather a tapas restaurant that should open soon. They are also working on yet another restaurant in the Design District just a block away from FT33, and around the corner from Oak. This should give relief for those unable to score reservations at both of those highly regarded restaurants. The premise behind Central Standard is they will purvey their supplies from this time zone, giving a quirky spin to all things local.
The Taproom is nestled in Mockingbird Station just below People’s Last Stand. The expansive new restaurant uses the horseshoe style bar with the restaurant itself curving around the digs. There are plenty of televisions with views from most any vantage point making this an excellent location to watch a game and take advantage of that super cool bar menu. Watch out for the Y.G.H.U.T (Your’e Gonna Hate us Tomorrow) wings, that is code word for ghost pepper sauce and a waiver will be required to sample these.
I am particularly excited to see a superb beer menu with all our local favorites. While at the VIP party the owner of Lakewood Brewing Company just happened to walk in for a bite. You will also find selections from Peticolas and Franconia. There are plenty of Austin beers on hand as well.