Tuk Tuk Tap Room in Soft Opening Stage




The lights are on at Tuk Tuk.

Tuk Tuk Tap Room, Asian street fare meets craft beer, opened for the first night of service on Friday. To spin up the POS system and give the staff some practice, Tuk Tuk opened to little fanfare but quite a few diners. They literally just turned on the lights. The pared-down menu included some awesome shrimp and yam fritters and refreshing chicken salad.

If you’re interested in checking out Tuk Tuk sometime soon, you need to get your ass over to the Facebook and Twitter pages. This week, they’ll be putting out dates on social media and accepting first-come, first-serve reservations. This way, diners will get a chance to try the food and Tuk Tuk won’t go crazy with lines of hungry customers.

The restaurant is a concept from chef Dave Gilbert, formerly from Sustenio, and Steve and Jody Newman from the Friendly Spot. Unlike other joints in town, Tuk Tuk pairs the food with the beer. And it totally works–the IPA and the red ale I tried both worked with the flavors of the spiced peanuts, pork laarb and shrimp crackers. Craft beers are available inside and on the patio out back, which isn't open quite yet.

My advice? Get in line to try out Tuk Tuk this week if you must, but you’d be better off to wait for the grand opening several weeks from now. If you wait until after the official opening, the menu and service will be more fleshed out and you’ll still get to have awesome beer and Asian food.

Post by Lauren Madrid.

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