Earlier this week Mesa St. became home to yet another local restaurant. Sticking with the gastropub theme that seems to be taking over the West Side of El Paso, Block Table & Tap is serving up unique dishes along with a vast array of craft beer and cocktails. Their menu is moderately priced ($4-$18) and sure to have a little something for everyone, including multiple vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Block Table and Tap is located in the former Square Cow space, and while they’ve kept the kitschy fake grass on the patio, the inside is a far cry away form the sub-standard slider eatery that once occupied the same four walls. Gone are the endless rows of cafeteria tables and in their place is a rustic, but seemingly elegant decor with clean lines and natural lighting. Keeping up with the trends Block has incorporated a chalk board painted wall, mason jars for serving desserts and a young friendly staff.
We could talk about the owners other namesake in this city, Toro Burger Bar, but I feel like comparing the two restaurants would be akin to comparing apples and oranges- same family, different thing. Where one is a place to go for a quick lunch and maybe have a beer and watch a game with friends, Block seems the type of place you would go to spend a little bit of time and you might even wear your good shoes. As opposed to other places in the area Block Table and Tap happens to be more of a restaurant first than a bar, but don’t be fooled, they definitely have the alcoholic beverages covered with a menu that boasts over 30 beers on tap as well as craft beers in the bottle and can.
Their menu has everything covered from salads to burgers, as well as the less conventional (scotch eggs, lobster rolls, chicken and waffles). All marked to let you know what is vegan and vegetarian friendly I decided to go with the Won Ton Tacos ($5), which came out quickly.
The Won Ton Tacos are 3 tacos filled with whole black beans, cabbage slaw, cherry tomatoes and cilantro nestled in a fried won ton shell. Each bite was perfectly flavorful with the citrus from the tomatoes balancing the heaviness of the beans. The slaw was nice and crisp which paired well with the shell that was crunchy but not greasy, as some (most) fried things tend to be. My hats off to the chef, because they’ve got flavors on point.
As a drink, after having a Vanilla Porter, I opted to try a cocktail and was recommended the Re-Fashioned ($8). While I’m not a whiskey drinker, although one day I hope to be, I was pleasantly pleased that the drink wasn’t too sweet, and while the whiskey taste still came through it wasn’t too much to turn away a vodka cranberry girl such as myself. That is to say, I liked it.
Lastly, I had their Sea Salt Caramel Custard ($5) which was a refreshing treat. Salted caramel might be one of my favorite things and was a perfect topping for the creamy custard with a chocolate crust. If the flavors weren’t enough it was also fun to eat out of a small mason jar.
All in all I’m excited to see how well Block Table & Tap does, and I’ll definitely be going back to make my way through their menu.
Block Table and Tap
4172 North Mesa