We discovered The South End Tavern back when my wife was going to school in Troy. The food back then was excellent, the place had that funky old tavern vibe then which still continues. Our daughter now goes to the same school on the hill in Troy and we visited her last week and decided to give the old tavern a shot (we abhor all things chain). It was mid afternoon on a cold February weekday when we arrived,t he place was all but empty. Time has been less than kind to Troy in general, and the South End Tavern building was no exception. Inside and out some paint would be welcome.
That said, the welcome we received was genuine and warm, our server was very very friendly and knowledgeable. The menu was extensive. It was lunch and we had Reuben, which was perfect, a Turkey sandwich which had real roasted turkey, not processed factory turkey and buffalo chicken salad. All in all it was a very nice lunch But don't expect fancy micro brew beers. My request for an IPA was met with a quizzical look. We had a couple of Rolling Rocks.
The thing about places like this is that they're vanishing. The chain joints displacing them are utterly without soul. So if you;re in troy give it a shot. The place is showing its age, but the food is great, the service is as friendly as it gets, and the prices are very reasonable.
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