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It's Craft Brews & Gourmet Food At Taste Of The Town's Tap 42

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - When you step into Tap 42, you just might think you're in the heart of Boston, or even Seattle, when you first walk into the charming gastropub off Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

The restaurant features a wall of craft beers—which started out with 42 brands, hence the name. Now, as the restaurant is about to toast two years in business, they're bubbling up past 50 carefully sourced craft brews.

"The market for craft beers is in its infancy still," said Executive Chef Andrew Balick. "People gravitate towards it, they understand different craft brewers, the different flavors that go along with beer."

What pairs well with great craft brews? Gourmet food, of course and Chef Andrew, who was in the kitchen at both the acclaimed Azul at the Mandarin and at the Ritz Carlton, knows a thing or two about good bites.

Chef Andrew has taken his culinary talents to Tap 42, a hip, super-relaxed 200 seat eatery, with dining both inside and out.

It's a menu that has it all—and then some.

"We do a Super Food Lettuce Wrap with quinoa and lentils and fresh market vegetables with homemade plum pomegranate dressing to Guinness beer batter fish and chips. We're known for burgers and fries. We like to hit on all fronts," said Chef.

The restaurant also features some daily deals: Monday nights are $5 burgers, Tuesday are $5 beers from 4pm and on Wednesday it's Ladies Night.

Chef brought out his food for CBS4's Lisa Petrillo to sample.

Starting with the Golden Quinoa Super Food Salad; which is quinoa, apples, greens, roasted Brussels sprouts, oranges, cranberries feta and roasted almonds.

"Cool, crisp. I love the tang in the dressing. That's a great salad" Petrillo said.

The Super Food Lettuce Wraps is a build your own.

"You have our mix of quinoa and lentils pomegranate plum dressing fresh avocado" said Chef. "You're going to build your own wrap"

For heartier appetites, the chef brought out the Left Hand Barbeque Short Rib Burger with melted cheddar. Then it's "Chicken Little" which is truffle honey butter deep fried chicken sliders. "No condiments  required!" said Petrillo.

And last of the tasting but certainly not least, "this is our Parmesan Oven Baked Shrimp Mac & Cheese" said Chef, while placing the plate in front of Petrillo.

'This is dangerous! It's so good it's dangerous. I'm not kidding. " Petrillo said

For More Information on Tap 42, visit their website at

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