The bourbon menu at the new Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale is perhaps South Florida's best. It has, as you might guess, 42 varieties, from the smooth Basil Hayden's to the spicy Evan Williams Green. If you want your whiskey from Kentucky, you'll find something you like here.
But if you drink your bourbon on the rocks, be prepared to pay extra.
Tap 42 sneaks a $1 charge on the bill for
each bourbon on the rocks, my table learned when we got our bills last
night. We complained to our server, who shrugged her shoulders and said: "I'm not responsible."
for a manager. Our server came back later to say, "I can't get his attention." After some convincing, a manager named
Jake arrived to explain the charge. He said it's because on-the-rocks
pours have a bit more liquor. Or, at least, he thinks they do.
"I believe it's two ounces versus two-and-a-half ounces," Jake said.
what Jake believes is correct, well then, it's a decent deal. The two
glasses of bourbon I had were $11 each, or $5.50 an ounce (before the
charge for ice). If they're adding an extra half ounce for a buck, then
that's a bargain, right?
But there's still this: The dollar charge
for ice wasn't mentioned anywhere on the menu. Our server never let it
slip ahead of time, which smacked us all the wrong way. The manager
explained: "Yeah, your server should have mentioned that."
than that, so should the menu, which ought to explain clearly that rocks
orders get charged an extra dollar. Jake shrugged to that
argument, and we changed the subject to whether the place has been
It has. But complaints like this one aren't the first I've
heard about what is unquestionably Fort Lauderdale's prettiest new
restaurant. Restaurant critic Melissa McCart's full review of the place
comes out in New Times next week.
In the meantime, I hope
they'll reconsider this ice charge. Even if the food had been stellar
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and the service decent, we would've left last night feeling cheated. A
dollar for ice? Really?