At the end of a day of marathon antiquing with my friend Tesh, we decided to stop by The Trapp Door for dinner and drinks. I hadn’t been there since it got new ownership (formerly “Tap and Table”), and Tesh hadn’t been there at all. Plus, bless her heart, she’s the best antiquing friend because she restrains me from buying every modern chair and she earned a drink that day.
(Confession: I get territorial and I need to make sure my antiquing/thrifting companions don’t have the same style/decor asthetic I do or else it feels like a competition of Who Will Find It First and it makes the whole experience full of anxiety. Am I a jerk or what?)
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior of the The Trapp Door. Inside it’s a rustic and spacious room with vaulted wood ceilings and the warm glow of candles. Though the space is large and open, the atmosphere is cozy. The decor modest but full of texture making it feel like the opposite of a typical college bar with neon Miller Lite signs.
A bar made of copper, the specials on a a huge chalkboard menu, that ceiling of wooden planks, and dark velvet curtains… it feels upscale without being stuffy. It’s still accessible. You can go in jeans and take in the live (quite good) music or turn it into a fancy date.
The drinks range from speciality martinis and mixed drinks to, as true to any gastropub, an extensive list of beers from countries all over the world. Beers can cost anywhere from $5 to over $20, though most are under $10 and the mixed drinks are priced fair for the quality. (A drink special may cost $8.)
The food menu is updated seasonally, and has something for everyone. I ordered a coconut peanut vermicelli and vegetable dish, with a sweet creamy sauce and lots of perfectly cooked veggies. When Tesh and I finished eating our main courses, we noticed some guys a few seats down had ordered the fries and they looked so good, so we got those as well to share. The Pomme Frites (ooh lala) were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and came with a tangy house-made ketchup, garlic herb mustard and *spiced black honey (not vegan).
It’s exactly the sort of place you’ll want to spend as much time as possible in during these cold Pennsylvania nights. The staff is extremely friendly, I feel food and drink prices are fair, and the atmosphere is one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to take in.
THE TRAPP DOOR GASTROPUB in Emmaus, PA
- 4226 Chestnut Street, Emmaus PA 18049
- HOURS are for dinner plus a Sunday Brunch (kitchen closes about an hour or so before the bar closes, but you can still order food before 11pm)
- Tuesday – Friday: 4pm-Midnight
- Saturday: 11am – Midnight
- Sunday: Brunch 11am-3pm (Nothing vegan on the brunch menu but they do have a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar! Build your own!)
- CLOSED Monday
- Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday
GO HERE for The Trapp Door Website to see full food and drink menus