I couldn’t be more excited that Tamp & Tap
opened an East Memphis location because I’ve been dying to have a local coffee shop in the area. Also, people rave about their coffee and food. I specifically hear phenomenal things about The Stanley, which I’ve been told is the best turkey sandwich I’ll ever eat. So I decided to put that to the test.
The person on line in front of me, who was also a newcomer, asked the employee what their favorite thing on the menu was. They immediately said The Stanley ($10.50). The sandwich is made with smoked turkey, fontina cheese, candied bacon, pickled red onion, arugula and roasted artichoke aioli. It’s served on house made brioche and you get to pick your side of chips or salad.
The Stanley is nicely presented and it’s a great portion size. The brioche bread is thick but soft and fluffy. It’s nicely toasted and rich in taste. I would even say buttery. OMG to the candied bacon… it’s amazing! It’s nice and sweet and it hits you immediately. I personally think it’s what makes the sandwich stand out. The smoked turkey has a great flavor to it as well and there’s a good portion of meat. The pickled red onion gives the sandwich a nice crunch. Everything on it is fresh, all the way down to the lettuce. The fontina cheese is smooth and blends in well. As for the artichoke aioli, it’s light and refreshing. Forget the mayo, you don’t need it! But I keep going back to that candied bacon! I can see why The Stanley is a favorite around town. It’s also perfect for lunch!
For my drink, I went with the Panamerican ($5). It’s a white chocolate Irish cream latte. The Panamerican is light in taste. If you’re like me, you probably thought that white chocolate and Irish cream sounds heavy. It isn’t. The white chocolate taste is faint with the creamy feel of a latte being more present. It’s a great mixture between the two and it tastes more like well-brewed coffee. I loved that. If you want a latte that isn’t over-powered by strong syrups or flavors and will hit the spot, this is for you. It’s very enjoyable.