Gabrian and I were running errands a couple of weekends ago trying to get finished for our trip to Illinois to take Riley to college (I still can't believe that it happened and he is there!). We started to get hungry and we were ready for lunch. Since we were already at Whole Foods Market, it seemed like the perfect time to try out Somerset Tap House.
We were greeted by someone working at the bar and advised that we could take any empty table. We had quickly looked at the menu but once we had a chance to sit down, we were really able to see what was being offered.
While we didn't take advantage of it, I was pleased to see that they were offering the nearby Sushi on the menu. I could totally see myself coming with a friend (that's you Tenney), trying out some of the beers on tap and chowing down on Sushi.
I decided to try out a beer flight. You get to pick any four beers on their very extensive menu and each one is 4 oz. (16 oz total, in case you didn't want to do the math). I ended up walking up to the bar because it the menu was too much to take in that far away.
I loved on the menu that it would show the alcohol content and how far away the brewery was. You couldn't get much more local than these beers. They also had some interesting beer in can/bottle form. I will have to come back and try them out.
The restaurant had a really open and inviting feel to it. It was neat that we were actually inside the Whole Foods Market. You could see people shopping (a little bit, they did a good job of blocking the restaurant off from the market). It was funny to see people come into the restaurant with their shopping bags and even sometimes a cart.
My flight came out and it was fun to try out the different beers. I tried a Sour Flower (it was sour and not very enjoyable after the first couple of sips), Coffee Dunkel (definitely had a coffee flavor in the background), Burnside (my favorite of the 4, it had a distinct smoky flavor to it that I really enjoyed), and a Porter (which was a thick tasting heavy beer that finally got too much for me).
Gabrian went with the pizza of the day. It had pepperoni and various vegetables on it. I am assuming that the pizza comes from the pizza stand inside the market. It was $3.50 for the slice of pizza which for restaurant food is a bargain. Gabrian had no complaints and no problems finishing off this slice.
I went with the Pork Belly LT Sandwich (minus the tomato). I paid a $1 extra for the avocado. I also requested a side of their pickle aioli to try out (it was pretty good, as long as you like the taste of pickle juice...I totally love the stuff). The sandwich was just ok. It wasn't the sandwiches fault. I am discovering that pork belly is just not for me. It is too fatty and I don't really enjoy it. I need to stop ordering it every time I see it.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at the Somerset Tap House (located inside the Whole Foods). While I wouldn't pick this sandwich again, they had plenty of other tasty options I would love to give a chance along with another flight of beer. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 2 Somerset St., Portland, ME.