Pumpkin Ginger "Pop Tart" at Angels Trumpet Ale House
Since opening two months ago, Angels Trumpet Ale House has gotten rave reviews from beer geeks all over town. With over 30 beers on tap, that's no surprise. On the other hand, the bierhaus has received very mixed feedback for its food. Conceptually, the menu sounds great, although fairly safe. They serve most items you'd expect to eat with beer: flatbread pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, and snacks like a warm sausage platter and crispy angels wings. They even have "TV dinner" specials with elevated comfort food served on kitschy divided trays. But since the place is fairly new, there are still some kinks to work out to achieve balance in the kitchen.
Dayvid LeMmon Grown up Pop-Tarts that don't resemble cardboard? Yes, please!
The menu item that's earned the most buzz and pleased the most people is the housemade version of Pop-Tarts. When Chow Bella's own Laura Hahnefeld scored a couple during her first taste, she wrote, "Coming through in a big way at the end were ATAH's seasonal Pop Tarts, two warm and wonderfully flaky pastries filled with the day's flavor (a lovely mix of strawberry and rhubarb) and topped with a delectably sweet vanilla glaze." With that enticing endorsement, it's clear that these treats are worthy of a second, much closer look. Can Angels Trumpet Ale House offer diners who don't drink beer something worthwhile of a visit?
First, it has to be said that this dessert is a very, very loose interpretation of a Pop-Tart (calling to mind BraveTart's rant against such creations). In fact, the extreme flakiness of the pastry and the soft, gooey glaze on top makes it much closer to a Pillsbury Toaster Strudel. The pastry itself (notably not made in-house) really makes this dessert. Almost any filling could be placed in the middle with a satisfying result. And that's definitely a good thing because the flavors rotate seasonally and can change as often as daily. Right now the pumpkin ginger tart seems to be popular enough to stay on the menu regularly throughout fall.