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Recently, I visited Nickel Taphouse, in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Several restaurants have come and gone at this site, but Nickel Taphouse seems to be here to stay. For one, Nickel Taphouse seems to adjust their menu to cater to the pallets of their clientele. When they first opened, the first item I tried on the menu that made me want to visit Nickel Taphouse again was, of all things, the Sweet & Spicy Crispy Chick Peas. It is listed as a snack and is meant to be shared with the table. The first time that I had these crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside chick peas, I used them as a garnishment in their beef chili. Although a little spicy, I enjoyed the burst of flavor that made me want more.
On this occasion, I decided to drop by for Happy Hour, which is served only at the bar. I got a Shirley Temple, which is my drink of choice, particularly at Nickel Taphouse, made with macerated fresh cherries. My mom and sister got the Classic Mussels, which were swimming in a well- seasoned beer sauce and a good buy at $4 a bowl. Leaving nothing to waste, I scooped up some of the broth into the mussel shell and slurped it up along with the mussel.
I ordered my go-to Sweet & Spicy Crispy Chick Peas and added Deviled Eggs & Bacon Jam. I really do not know why I ordered the deviled eggs in the first place, considering that I have never been much of a fan of this food. I suppose that evening that I wanted to take a walk on the wild side and try something new and different for me. I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone to try these deviled eggs because they are one of the tastiest treats I have ever had. I believe – by what I taste – that there is wasabi in the whipped egg yolk mixture that gives it a spicy aromatic flavor. The bacon jam adds a sweet tone that brightens up all of the flavors of the cooked exterior egg. These deviled eggs are like a boat loaded with precious and delicious cargo. It is so good, and paired with the chick peas, they together made a great (and economical) meal for me that night.
Nickel Taphouse is quickly becoming the restaurant to visit in Mt. Washington and I would highly recommend that you take a trip to the area. They open at 4:00 pm Monday – Friday and they open for brunch at 11:30 am on Saturday and Sunday, so prepare accordingly! For more information on Nickel Taphouse, visit: http://nickeltaphouse.com/
About the Author: Amber Royal is the owner and operator of Royal Things, a socially conscious, handcrafted jewelry micro-business that provides a meal to someone in need for every item sold. In researching how to provide healthy and good tasting meals, she has developed an interest in food, the food industry and how food is sourced. She is blogging about restaurants to give the Foodem audience a look into the restaurants that serve locally sourced good-tasting food. To learn more, visit www.royalthings,com.