I just happened to visit Tap Room Grille in Waterford Lakes on National Burger Day, one of the few made-up holidays not invented by the greeting card industry. I don’t go in for these marketing ploys. I don’t need a special day to remind me to eat lasagna, pickles or, in this case, a good burger.
And Tap Room Grille makes a good burger. It should be noted right off the top that this Tap Room is not related to the Tap Room at Dubsdread, which also makes a good burger — arguably one of the best in town — but it is associated with Nona Tap Room in Lake Nona, which I reviewed in April of 2012.
Then, as now, I went straight for the Loaded Burger, which features the basic Tap Room burger but with bacon and mushrooms added to the tomato, onions, lettuce and cheese choice toppings.
In Lake Nona, the kitchen had a tough time hitting the medium-rare mark. Well, actually, they hit it and then went beyond it. Tap Room Grille’s cooks did a much better job, and I liked the juiciness of the half-pound patty and the way its charred crust worked with the smoky taste of the bacon. The french-fry-type chips that were served at Nona in ’12 have been abandoned here (perhaps there, too?) for more conventional fries, which had the skins attached and just the right amount of greasiness.
The space here, in a small strip behind the more massive Waterford Lakes shopping complex, is bright and open and inviting. Service might have been a bit more attentive but it wasn’t unacceptable.
Stop in and give it a try. Even if it’s National Rhubarb Day.
Tap Room Grille is at 12789 Waterford Lake Parkway, Orlando. It is open for lunch and dinner daily. The phone number is 407-630-5789.