When I think of brunch buffets, I think of the expensive $70+ ones at fancy hotels with fresh seafood and unlimited mimosas. At TAPS Fish House and Brewery, however, $35.99 gets you a buffet of over 100 items and your choice of beer or sparkling wine (2 TAPS beer or unlimited sparkling wine).
The owner Joe Manzella so loved the brunch he had in New Orleans that he was determined to replicate the fun here, with a balloon lady and all. He didn't know how well it would do but now TAPS does about 700 covers every Sunday brunch.
There's a DIY Bloody Mary Bar, though for our media tasting they had gone ahead and prepared some for us, complete with pepper, olive, and a cocktail shrimp as garnish.
Made to order pasta with your choice of protein, pasta, and sauce. I got some linguine with clams in garlic white wine. A lot of people in line, though, skipped the pasta altogether and just ordered a bowl of clams. I felt a little guilty doing that, so I stuck with a bit of pasta.
For desserts, there are plenty of mini cakes, creme brulee, flan, and a chocolate fountain with fruits to dip into.
We got some freshly made, warm beignets - one dusted with cinnamon sugar and the other dusted with powdered sugar.
TAPS is also a brewery, headed by brewmaster Victor Novak who focuses on creating food friendly beers. He says hoppy beers are hard to pair, so he makes maltier beers like cream ale, etc.
We were all given a bottle to take home, the Remy. This beer is aged 8 months in bourbon barrel and is their first ever release in bottle.
All in all, the $35.99 buffet at TAPS is a pretty nice deal with plenty of food, drinks, and fun to be had by all.
TAPS Fish House and Brewery
101 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821