As an ex-resident of Carrboro, Tyler's was one of my favorite spots for a quick beer and stick to your ribs dishes. Over the years, the original Carrboro location expanded to Apex, Durham and now Raleigh! The Raleigh location is huge, located in an old grocery store and takes the Tyler concept and puts it on steroids. And while I've been here for some networking events I had yet to eat there so it was time to rectify that situation!
With a large wood patio out front, Tylers opens up into a huge dining room covered in brick, beer signage and warm brown woods. The large bar on the side showcases their many beers on tap and the back room flaunts a couple of pool tables and dart boards. I plopped myself down at the bar, ordered up a Fat Tire Snow Day and reviewed the menu. I knew I was going to get the famous Tyler's garlic fries but what else? My eyes landed on the plate of barbeque with cole slaw and mustard greens. Winner winner, barbeque dinner! So I order it up, sip on my Snow Day and watch the action at this place. And Tyler's was buzzin' on Thursday night. Professionals in suits, 20 and 30-something's tipping back a beer along with some work parties. This area ITB and at Seaboard Station is slowly picking up some life which is good. Tyler's has some stiff competition in Natty Greene's, the Flying Saucer, Raleigh Times and the Busy Bee Cafe so I was curious to see how they held up.
And my plate comes out, a nice superfecta of food! Everything looked great and for some odd reason I started with the cole slaw. Dee-licious stuff, the cabbage is thinly sliced and laced with carrot shreds. A slightly sweet, fresh tasting mayonnaise marinade brought it all together in a fresh crispy crunch, impressive. Dropping down to the mustard greens, they were really tender, and laced with some braised pork, another winner! And the que was a nice mound of tangy pork and some spice, a bit over-sauced but still good. Oddly enough the garlic fries, while still excellent, were a touch dried out, probably under a heat lamp. But we're talking about a really satisfying plate of food for $10.50. Service was mixed, even though I was at the bar, the staff seemed a bit distracted and the team service was inconsistent. But I can't complain that much because the food was very good, I think they were just a bit understaffed.
So yeah, Tyler met all my expectations and the food was impressive as excellent bar fare. I've come back for a second visit and the chili-cheese fries and pretzels rocked! While I certainly still enjoy Natty Greene's in Raleigh, Tyler's Taproom is quickly becoming my pub food favorite. They are definitely a welcome addition to the hood, just try to avoid the crowded periods (11:30 - 1:30pm and 6:30 - 8:30pm) if you're looking for relaxed and peaceful meal!
18 Seaboard Avenue, Suite 150
Raleigh, NC 27604
Tyler's Taproom Raleigh - Reviewer: Ron Wen - Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars