Went for lunch recently. The dining room is large and there was plenty of available seating. We were seated promptly and our waiter approached us for drink orders. At first, he was very friendly, chatting us up about this, that, and the other thing.
When...we all ordered water his disposition changed radically. He took our food order without so much as a "thank you" and some other server brought our food. When we were finished, he tossed the bill on the table as he was rushing past our table on the way to somewhere else.
Needless to say, but I will anyway, our choice not to drink alcohol ruined his day. His response certainly put a cloud over our lunch experience.
As for the food, on our nasty waiter's recommendation, one of our party ordered a Reuben and was not disappointed.
I ordered the Tavern's take on the Juicy Lucy: Boursin Juicy, a blend of boursin four other (unidentified) cheese, and caramelized onion on a pretzel bun.
Unlike the Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar, arguably the home of the Juicy Lucy where the hot cheese is properly encased by the meat, the Tavern's Juicy Lucy's cheese was leaking out of the burger, making a gooey mess on the plate. The best part of the dish is the pretzel bun: It's hardy enough to absorb the melted cheese and fat without falling apart.
The Tavern appeared to have a lot of "regulars" enjoying lunch. If you're in the neighborhood, it's probably a great place to hang. For us, good food and good service matter. One without the other is a deal breaker.More