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New grill has great food on tap
POULSBO Poulsbos newest eatery opened its doors wide to the hungry Wednesday.
And boy did the masses come.
Taprock Northwest Grill served up an array of Pacific Northwest flavors to a palatably impressed crowd that has anxiously been awaiting its opening. The restaurant is a replacement for Mitzels American Kitchen, which burned down in a May 2006 fire.
Eaters arrived in full force to test out the establishment. And for the most part, they were pleased.
Leon and Marilyn Leslie said they still wish, like Mitzels, that Taprock served breakfast, but despite the missing morning meal they offered hearty compliments to the kitchen.
The cooks really a good cook, said Leon, who had the plank cedar salmon for lunch. You look for good salmon and he knows how to cook it.
Marilyn was equally impressed with her salmon teriyaki.
We loved it, she said.
Poulsbo resident Kevin Gilman and his son, Jordan, said for the most part their first visit to Taprock earned a thumbs up.
Jordan said his crab and shrimp pasta lunch was excellent, while Kevin said the crab melt was good, though he wasnt overly impressed with its size. The two said though the new restaurant has a few kinks to work out, it was still a great place to share a meal.
Matt Corbin, vice president of marketing for Taprock, said the Poulsbo community has offered an affirming welcome.
The overwhelming response has been very positive, he said. The restaurant is not Mitzels, and so as different guests came through, some were maybe, I would say, expecting a more Mitzels-like restaurant, but from what we could tell they were quite happy with what they found.
Corbin said Taprocks staff, most of whom live in the immediate Poulsbo area, boast a great work ethic and enthusiasm that has helped to make the restaurants opening a success. Two years in the making, Taprocks owner, Elmers Restaurant Inc., is glad to be back in business in Poulsbo.
Were glad that large numbers of people are coming in to experience it, Corbin said. Were taking their feedback and tweaking a few things but overall it seems like its hitting pretty close to the bulls eye.