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First bite: Henderson Tap House a comfy (if loud) new place to indulge your March Madness

Henderson Tap House

2323 N. Henderson Ave.


972 677-7947; hendersontaphouse.com

Posted 3:27pm on Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014

DALLAS -- The space at 2323 N. Henderson seems to have had a curse on it, despite being right in the middle of all that bar/restaurant crawl action with the likes of Capitol Pub and Sushi Axiom as neighbors. Such eateries as Urbino, Snack and Horne & Dekker have come and gone in short order over the last few years.

But Henderson Tap House, the latest beer-centered hangout from the folks behind McFadden’s in Addison and Mason Bar in Uptown, just might be the one to break the bad-luck spell. On Friday night, when Tennessee and Michigan as well as Louisville and Kentucky were going at it in the March Madness sweepstakes like dogs in a butcher shop, the place was packed with patrons spilling out from the cozy, wood-paneled interior through the wide, open doors to the patio facing the street.

Flat-screen TVs are everywhere and there are two bars on each side of the room as well as such games as Jenga. The downside of all this activity is that, when it’s crowded, Henderson Tap House is loud; despite the library look of the interior, you don’t come here to have a quiet political discussion over a beer.

Speaking of which, there’s a good selection of beers, around 20 or so on draft including such local faves as Revolver, Lakewood, and Deep Ellum. They carry nearly 50 beers in cans/bottles.

Since this place advertises itself as a gastropub, the food here is more creative than the average bar fare. The good: the killer shrimp appetizer (panko fried with a sriracha glaze, $12) and the lobster mac-and-cheese (with bacon and mushrooms, $13), and the buffalo chicken pizza ($10). The not as good: the braised chicken thighs with cheddar hominy grits ($14) and the crispy-pepper calamari ($11).

They even have brunch on weekends with such items as pork and grits ($10) and cereal-crusted french toast ($8).

2323 may no longer be an unlucky number after all.

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