Just about every group of friends has a go-to spot for their regular get togethers. Rachel, Monica and the gang had Central Perk. Carrie, Samantha and the girls frequented their fave breakfast spot and Jerry, Kramer and Elaine sat down together at Tom’s Diner. When a group of friends get together over food and drink, you end up bonding over fighting for the cheesiest nacho or the last fry. Someone always ends up laughing so hard they snort their beer out of their nose. Maybe someone falls out of a chair. Here in little Providence, the go-to spot for you and your buds to let loose and eat good is right on historic Federal Hill. If you are expecting me to name an Italian restaurant, you’re wrong. Shocker, right? Step into your comfort zone at Federal Hill Tap House, your new fave spot for your friends-night-out.
When you go out in a group, it can be tough to please everyone. Becky is on the Paleo diet, Tim will only drink craft beer, and Maria wants a fancy cocktail. Just when you thought that someone in the group is going to get hit with the “tough luck”, you remember that Federal Taphouse has something for literally everyone in your crew. From a healthy salmon dish to a overly indulgent buff chick dip, the group will be pleased.
The atmosphere is dim, but lit. Ha! The dark stained wood and hanging lights create a whole mood, and a buzz of fun hits you as soon as you open the door. People don’t come here to mope, that’s for sure. Groups of friends are cheersing, someone just called out bingo, and the smell of buttery goodness wafts into your senses. Take a seat, and enjoy your night.
Speaking of hanging with friends, make sure to order the buffalo chicken dip for a sharable way to start the night. A pile of crispy tortilla chips wait to plunge into this glorious, golden dip, so thick it might break a chip or two. But try, try again. Whipped cream cheese is spiced up with a hot buffalo sauce, folded in with cream bleu cheese. White meat shredded chicken joins the party and adds an extra heartiness. Topped off with a fistful of cheese (and then some) and finished with fresh pico de gallo. It feels like a game day celebration when you take the first bite
We know that the start of the week can be a total drag, but at least when you get through Monday, you have Taco Tuesday to look forward to. Federal Taphouse sets you up for success with three tacos for only $7, and not no little boring tacos either. Hoisin Pork tacos are spicy sweet and topped with a juicy pineapple salsa. Red onion and a dash of BBQ makes for a tangy kick.
Baja fried fish is light and tender, with a cilantro crema, creamy slaw and smashed avocado all wrapped up to give you the vibes of beach front Cali. Finally Carne Asada boasts succulent marinated steak, crumble queso fresco, bright citrusy salsa and a smokey chipotle crema. If you are having a hard time deciding which one you want, take the easy way out and get one of each. The only thing that could make this meal better would be if I told you it could all be washed down with a $5 margarita. Oh wait! It can! We sipped on a strawberry jalapeno margarita, the ideal balance between sweet and spicy. Tuesdays don’t seem so bad afterall, do they?
This one goes out to the friend in your group who is committed to #fitfam and somehow manages to resist a cheat meal of nachos and pizza. The friend who is so over eating salads for every meal and wants something that is healthy AND delicious, dammnit! Is that so much to ask?! No, it is totally reasonable. The sweet and spicy mango habanero glazed salmon is just the dish your healthy friend has been looking for! A bit of heat and a tad sweet, this grilled salmon is cooked to a juicy medium and served over tenderly wilted spinach, toasted corn kernels, and roasted potatoes. Finished with a bright poblano salsa for that added pop of flavah.
On the other end of the spectrum, that friend who can’t have a seem to bare a meal with no meat is going to love Ma’s meatloaf. While it may give you some nostalgia of mommy’s meatloaf, this one is all grown up. This hearty meatloaf is wrapped in thick cut bacon and simmered in a sweet bourbon glaze, keeping all that juicy goodness soaked up tight. Of course it’s served over whipped red bliss mashed potatoes and bright broccoli, and it gets a crown of golden fried onion rings. Only consider this one if you are real, real hungry!
As I had mentioned, Federal Taphouse definitely gives the comfy and cozy vibe, so it only makes sense to offer a luxuriously over the top grilled cheese. A warm and hearty sandwich that screams “curl up on this booth and get comfortable, because we are in for the night.”
The short rib grilled cheese is served on buttery thick cut toast, lightly crisped along the edges. The short rib is slowly braised. It is tenderly shredded and moist, and is joined by a savory mix of mushrooms and onions. A generous heap of smoked gouda melts together, completing what I would call, the Father of All Grilled Cheeses. Warm pan gravy that spent hours cooking with that juicy short rib awaits a dip from every bite, to only further enhance the full experience of this grilled cheese experience.
Brunch is Sunday’s way of giving us one last hoorah before we all go back to work on Monday. So do it right, people! How about some chicken and waffle...fries. Yes! Golden, crispy waffle cut fries are tossed with crunchy fried chicken bites and topped off with a ton of cheese, a blanket of thicc gravy, and a sunny side up egg. Something tells me that this is how we will want our chicken and waffles going forward!
Brunch only comes once a week, so please enjoy it responsibly. And the responsible thing is do it to the max! We are talking bottomless bloodys and mimosas to keep you flowing throughout the day. You know what they say, Bottomless brunch is the best way to keep the Sunday Scaries at bay!
Always make sure you save room for dessert, especially at FTH. Although the cookie pie is big enough to share, we totally won’t judge if you take this down solo. A hot skillet keeps a ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie toasty warm. The scoop of ice cream on top doesn’t stand a chance and little by little starts relinquishing itself to a sweet and chilly pool atop this dessert.
Most of us have fun memories of a childhood camping trip, sitting round the fire roasting up some marshmallows and making s’mores. Well FTH has a dessert that let’s you build your own S’more’s, sans the bug spray and smelling like a fireplace. Complete with all the deconstructed S’more components, skewers and a little mini fire, you can make your fave camping trip sweet, this time from the comfort of the great indoors. We like our marshmallows completely charred, so that the middle is nice n gooey and it helps to melt the chocolate. But hey, toast these mallows to your liking!
For some of us, the best desserts come in liquid form. For that end of dinner pick me up, an espresso martini will do the trick. Or if you love s'mores but want to be boozy, a campfire martini will bring both worlds together. Complete with a toasted marshmallow floater.
Honestly we can't help but have fun when we visit Federal Taphouse. Seemingly endless beer options, hand crafted cocktails and heart warming comfort food is a sure combination to enjoy your night out. Nestled into Providence’s historic Federal Hill, FTH doesn’t fit the norm of Italian dining, and instead creates it’s own lane. And whether you’re out with your best buds or a comfy cozy date night, you already know that FTH promises food and beverage that is always on point, and a vibe that is contagiously fun.
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