Ah, April. Spring showers — hopefully spring flowers and … tax season. Matt and I don’t have the best of luck when it comes to taxes, so after making our appointment with a local accountant, I also made plans for us to have a lunch (and a cocktail or two) at Dusty’s Tap Room. Tucked in a strip mall in Okemos off Grand River, Dusty’s Tap Room is the more casual side of the Dusty’s family, which also includes Dusty’s Wine Bar and Dusty’s Cellar. Arriving on yet another cold and snowy day, Matt and I grabbed a seat at the bar. Filled with Michigan State University basketball fans watching the game, The Tap Room — complete with fire place — was warm and cozy. Dusty’s Tap Room is definitely a place that caters to regulars. The bar tenders and waitresses seemed to know pretty much everyone by name. Although Matt and I have been to the Tap Room a few times, we are far from regulars. Still, once the bar tender realized we meant business (i.e. we were ordering a full meal and multiple drinks) he was pretty attentive. As the name implies, the Tap Room offers a selection of beers on tap — all of them craft or specialty beers — and a lot of them Michigan-made. Although not on tap, when a bar offers Strongbow in any form, I go for it. The hard cider drink just happens to be one of my favorites. Matt went with a Short’s selection. While we didn’t receive the best news from our accountant, we didn’t receive the worst and were feeling fancy — and super hungry — so we started with an appetizer — the Spicy Feta Dip. As the name implies, this heavenly mix includes feta, scallions, tomatoes and something spicy that gives the dip just the right amount of kick. The dip is served cold with crispy pita chips arranged in a pretty pattern. We pretty much order this every time we go to the Tap Room, it’s super yummy. Other appetizers on the Dusty’s Tap Room menu are pretty standard selections like chicken wings and hummus. Meal options range from burgers, to flatbread pizzas, to salads, wraps, sandwiches and entrees including Chicken Pot Pie, Stuffed Boneless Chicken Breast, fish, steak and more. For the main event I went with the Turkey Pretzel Sandwich. The warm sandwich is on a pretzel roll and includes turkey, bacon and cheese. Served on the side is an amazingly-delicious house-recipe honey mustard sauce. The sauce has the consistency of caramel and is the perfect addition of sweet and spicy to the salty sandwich. As diners get a choice of side with their sandwiches, I went with the Beer Battered Fries. Matt, a meat lover at heart, went with the BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, which includes smoked beef brisket with sweet BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and cheddar. He also went with the Beer Battered Fries. Although it had meat, the sandwich was a bit of a stretch for Matt who almost always orders a steak or a burger. He said he liked the sandwich, but plans to go back to a burger next time we visit. Stuffed, we passed on dessert, but Dusty’s Tap Room offers up a super yummy Key Lime Pie that I’ve had on other occasions. Our afternoon at the Tap Room certainly helped with the sting of tax season and the never-ending winter. Still, I for one, cannot wait to go back and enjoy my next Strongbow on the Tap Room Patio.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.