Nestled in the tranquility of Eden Prairie, Lions Tap beckons diners to a place where simplicity reigns supreme.
Surrounded by abundant greenery and a conspicuous absence of towering structures, the standalone building, reminiscent of a VFW or local Lions Club, exudes a charm that transcends the ordinary. With ample parking in two adjacent lots, the scent of sizzling burgers and fries wafts through the air, setting the stage for a down-to-earth dining experience.
Upon entering, we were immediately greeted by smiling faces, including an affable female host and a bustling bartender, setting a warm tone. As we were directed to an inviting dining area, we walked past a window where the kitchen was efficiently serving appealing dishes to attentive servers. Despite a brief 5- to 10-minute wait on a Thursday afternoon, my excitement for Lions Tap remained high. The MEA weekend likely contributed to the lively midday atmosphere.
Our exploration continued as we perused the uncomplicated menu, prominently featuring burgers and fries. From the California to the Mushroom Swiss and the Bacon Cheese, choices were limited but enticing. Add-on options, such as onions, cheese, and bacon, allowed for a personal touch to the journey.
Opting to share three burgers, we dove into the California, Mushroom Swiss, and the Bacon Cheese. The California burger received an extra dose of customization with both fried and grilled onions. While waiting, we explored Lions Tap’s merchandise, with a whimsical shirt proclaiming, “Lions and Burgers and Fries, OH MY” catching my eye, invoking the spirit of musicals and beloved tales like “Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked.”
Observing nearby diners, a group of teenage girls engaged in Snapchat antics, capturing moments until their meals arrived. A quirky incident unfolded when one among them declared a dislike for burgers, opting for fries. This led to speculation: Was it merely a social media opportunity or possibly an attempt to stave off FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?
The food arrived promptly, served piping hot, and we devoured it with gusto. Personal favorites emerged, with the Mushroom Swiss winning my heart, adorned with mayo and ketchup. The consensus was clear – the emphasis on the meat’s flavor made Lions Tap’s burgers stand out despite their modest size, reminiscent of original McDonald’s cheeseburgers.
Leaving fully satisfied, we reflected days later on my excitement for Lions Tap. The prices were reasonable, the staff amiable, and the burgers undeniably delicious.
While the smaller portions might necessitate an additional stop for dessert, Lions Tap undoubtedly offers an above-average dining escapade, proving that, sometimes, simplicity is the key to extraordinary satisfaction.
Lions Tap is located at 16180 Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of Rachel’s Reviews, where Rachel Engstrom, a contributor to Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN), reviews various aspects of Eden Prairie and beyond. Do you have ideas for reviews? Reach out to Rachel Engstrom at Rachel.Engstrom@eplocalnews.org.
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