Our search for small portions and fresh fare lead us away from the steaks, ribs, bbq chicken and burgers. Instead, the hubby opted for a cobb salad and I fashioned a meal from the appetizers section choosing the half smoked trout and a side of snap peas.
It was perfect patio weather and we enjoyed people watching as we waited for our meal. The patio is well equipped to be an ideal nice weather hang out spot. The bar opens out onto the patio and several fans spin above the outdoor tables. The only downside to the outdoor dining was that the live music provided by Bridge Street was rather loud which made conversation difficult. The indoor seating is spacious with a wide range of seating which spans from small high tops to one table capable of seating a dozen or so.
Our food came up quickly and we happily tucked in.
My husband enjoyed his salad (shown at the top of this post) and was especially intrigued to find that Tavern seems to have solved that age old problem of how to both toss a salad in dressing and present a beautifully plated dish. They tossed the lettuce in the dressing, and then arranged the cobb toppings. That’s one trick I may just steal for home cooking. The dressing was applied with a light hand, ensuring that his lettuce wasn’t left swimming, but the bacon was generously applied.
We were waffling on dessert, but when the server mentioned “cheesecake”, my mind was made up. It was available with raspberry sauce, chocolate sauce or both and you had your preference as to whether the sauce was applied on top or served on the side.
The food was fresh and the flavor combinations were either innovative or old standards done well. The ambiance is tailored to allow adults to socialize. The menu includes fine dining staples such as filet mignon but at a lower price point and with less ambiance than most fine dining establishments. Tavern would be a good choice for a place to enjoy a quality lunch or meet friends for drinks and appetizers.
Total for the meal: $35.69 (Includes one cobb salad, one half smoked trout, one side snap peas, one slice cheesecake, and one soft drink)
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