Black Tap Craft Burgers

A couple of weeks ago, after a long and seemingly delayed construction and renovation process, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes finally opened at Downtown Disney, taking the ground floor portions of the old Build-A-Bear spaces, the original Disney Dress Store location, and Ridemakerz.  Situated below the also-new Ballast Point, this New York import (originally announced as "Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer") brings forth an absurdly loaded offering of gourmet burgers, craft beers, and infamously diabetic "Crazy Shakes" to the Downtown Disney dining line-up.

I had a chance to check out the new joint this past weekend, and I've compiled a little photo report to showcase what the Disneyland Resort's newest dining establishment has to offer.  In one word, it's: gluttony.  The burgers are tasty (though I'd say places like Umami Burger offer better quality), and the shakes are loaded with a wide variety of different desserts and candies and are sure to inflict sugar overload.  The beer selection looks solid, though with Ballast Point just upstairs, boozehounds might opt for Black Tap's neighbor for more unique and craft concoctions. 

The price points, however, seem consistent with the elevated amounts that have come with all of the other recently renovated or new restaurants on property, and that cuts into the overall enjoyment for me.  Though I enjoyed the food, I'm not sure they're exactly worth what's being charged.  $2-$3 less per item would be a little more palatable--though Disney Annual Passholders will benefit from the AP discounts.

Overall, Black Tap is worth checking out, if only for the curiosity and gorging factor.  It's definitely marketed to a targeted clientele, and the place has been pretty busy in its first couple of weeks of operation.  I'm not necessarily dying to return immediately, but I do feel like my experience was worthwhile.  To those who have gone, what do you think of Black Tap?

Black Tap Craft Burgers has a pick-up window outside for guests ordering shakes only.

Inside, guest order and pay first before being seated.

The place is well known for their Crazy Shakes.  Here are their machinations.

There is a variety of seating, from bar counters to hightop tables to regular booths and tables.

There's a nice drink selection and bar, which has become standard of all new Downtown Disney restaurants.

The Crazy Shake prep bar.

A wide selection of candies and desserts serves as the toppings.

Including sprinkles-filled slices of cake!

These shakes are definitely absurd.  That's kind of the point.

I had the Churro Choco Taco, which was tasty, though the churros were stale.

There's an eclectic style to the interiors.

Definitely proud of its NYC roots.

A view of the to-go bar from the outdoor dining area.

The Greg Norman: 1/2 lb Wagyu Beef Burger, House Buttermilk-Dill, Blue Cheese, and Arugula served on a Martin's® Potato Roll with Lettuce, Tomato, a Pickle, and French Fries.

The Mexico City: Prime Burger, Pepper Jack Cheese, Pickled Jalapeños, crispy Onion Ring, and Chipotle Mayo served on a Martin's® Potato Roll with Lettuce, Tomato, a Pickle, and Onion Rings.


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