Downtown has been enjoying the Tamp & Tap on Gayoso for a few years now, and that success has led to the opening of Tamp & Tap Triad in East Memphis. Tucked in an office building off Ridgeway, this cool coffee place is a welcome, locally owned addition to an area of town crowded with chain restaurants.
The Tamp & Tap space is slick – this is not your average office building coffee shop. Dark woods, charcoal grays and white leather make the space sleek and cozy, while large windows allow in plenty of natural light. Sit at the counter, lounge in an armchair, settle in at the large communal table or grab a place on the patio, weather permitting.
At Tamp & Tap, service is fast-casual, so you order at the counter, then you’re given a number and food is delivered to you. The coffee menu is long and the food menu short, but it’s all well worth a try. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I ordered an iced matcha (a variety of green tea) latte that could have used a little more matcha, but was milky and lightly sweetened with honey.
Tamp & Tap features a full list of your standard coffee and tea drinks, but also an interesting selection of “specially engineered” selections, including a Tennessean, a white chocolate caramel latte; a Delta Eagle, which is a dark chocolate and raspberry latte; and the Silver Service, which is an Earl Grey creamed tea concoction with a hint of lavender. Many of the coffees and teas can be served up to your liking, whether iced, frozen or hot. Like the downtown location, wine and beer are also available at the Triad location.
The menu at Tamp & Tap Triad has the same offerings as the downtown location. My dining companion and I had different versions of the same sandwich — I went for the Plain Packard, a grilled cheese made with fontina, white and yellow cheddar cheeses with a smear of garlic aioli, while she had the Packard BLT, with the addition of tomatoes and bacon. The highlight of both was the housemade brioche on which they are constructed. The slices are thick, airy, slightly sweet and properly egg-y, and it toasted beautifully for a comforting grilled cheese.
I had a hard time choosing from the short sandwich menu, but it was simply a grilled cheese kind of day. There is also a choice of four salads loaded with fresh ingredients, and those that were served to the table next to us looked very tempting. A housemade hummus, served with lavash crackers, pita bread and cucumbers, makes for a tasty starter or a light meal. Tamp & Tap offers a small breakfast menu, as well, with a variety of breakfast breads, oatmeal with a choice of add-ins and Belgian waffles.
I picked up a few treats to take home, which may have been my favorite part of the experience. There’s a bakery case at the counter with a selection of muffins and sweets, and I walked out with a tart lemon bar and a decadent seven-layer brownie packed with coconut, chocolate chips and nuts. The Landslide brownie is a thick brownie topped with brownie pieces and pecans held together with caramel. It could be a meal in itself. Tamp & Tap also offers breakfast every day until 10:30 a.m.
Tamp & Tap Triad is a lovely, quiet place in the hectic heart of East Memphis — perfect for a break from work or errand running. The location makes it a great space to gather friends from points west and east for a drink and a meal. The cool, clean space seems miles away from the traffic on Poplar.
Tamp & Tap Triad is located near the corner of Poplar and Ridgeway, at 6070 Poplar Ave., Ste. 110, in Triad Centre. Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Learn more at (901) 421-5336.
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