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“Chef Jared Making The Tavern Great Dining Destination”

The Tavern in Old Salem
Ranked #2 of 689 Restaurants in Winston Salem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Built in 1816, the tavern has 5 intimate dining rooms and a small full service bar. Waitstaff dresses in historic costume during the day.Dine by candlelight in the evening.
Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Tavern in Old Salem and Chef Jared did a great job of catering the CVB briefing and luncheon today at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. While I grump from time to time about too much tomato soup in WS, Chef Jared served perhaps the best in town. Blue cheese crumbles and croutons. Delicious petite arugula salad. Smithfield ham and cheese sandwiches on pretzel rolls, chicken salad on croissants, and pulled pork on his signature home made rolls with chow chow and other condiments. Lovely light luncheon. Chef Jared has a new menu at The Tavern. Good reason for a visit to an historic venue that is consistently making people happy with expertly prepared and presented American cuisine and some traditional regional favorites like Tavern Chicken Pie and home made lemon ice cream. Applause.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Setting: An historic old tavern in carefully preserved town Salem, Winston-Salem, N.C. Guests: Six long time friends with much world travel and cuisine experience. Staff: The father who greated guests and made sure we were well cared for; one son, the chef who takes familiar dishes and adds his own talent to make each uniquely the best you ever tasted; a wine steward, another son, who puts together a very satisfying and special cellar; the mother who makes the desserts finishes it all with the family flair for making the familiar something extraordinary such as the old family recipe for gingerbread which, served with fresh lemon ice cream, would match anything you might find in Paris. All this was served by humorous and efficient waiters whose timing was impeccable and showed they fully grasped the pleasure of southern hospitality. The cost: About one half of what food of this quality would cost about anywhere else we have ever traveled. Good weather makes outdoor service available. No info on bar scene.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The service and atmosphere were wonderful.
Hanger steak was delicious.
Blistered green beans are great!

Thank larry v
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

On Saturday evening, February 16, 2013, a party of six old friends -- hailing from Prescott AZ, Nashville TN, and Louisville KY -- met for dinner at the Tavern in Old Salem. It was a perfect experience from beginning to end. We were all staying right across the street at the Augustus Zeveley Inn, a very nice establishment itself, but the dinner at the Tavern was a joyful and memorable experience from beginning to end,

All of us are well-traveled, all having spent professional lives traveling extensively within the United States, Canada, many places in Europe and some in Asia, and we continue to do so in retirement. We all love to eat, and have been in a number of highly-rated restaurants in the US and abroad. All of us agreed that our experience at The Tavern was right up there with the best.

Apparently this was previously the location of another good, long-time restaurant in Winston-Salem, but ownership has changed and the name is slightly different from before, causing some confusion in Trip Advisor reviews. It is a fine old historic tavern building in the middle of a perfectly preserved colonial-period village.

The place is now owned by a couple, Rich and Lori Keiper. This is truly a family affair: the manager is their younger son Jordan, and the chef if the older son Jared. Father Rich greeted us warmly that evening, and made us all feel immediately at home. A couple of us came early and enjoyed a quiet drink at the cozy well-stocked bar.

We were shown to our table in an upstairs room and, on looking over the menu, concluded that we might be in for a treat. Not a huge menu, but a very nice mixture of what might be termed southern comfort food interspersed with some unexpected items such as foie gras with peach. Main courses included "duck two ways", a great ribeye steak, and bourbon-glazed salmon. All excellently prepared and presented. Chef Jared is a graduate of a nearby culinary school and has gained experience in several first-class regional establishments. The experience shows.

What serendipity!

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1  Thank Daniel G
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This was the best Meat Loaf I have ever had. It was seasoned in a way that made it something totally different than meat loaf.

Meat loaf is usually bland testing to me, but this had a ton of flavor.

We had reservations but they still too awhile to seat a party of 5. They almost lost a star for that. If I make a reservation, you need to seat me close to that time. It is easy for anyone to TAKE the reservation...you have to be able to SEAT the reservation.

However, the atmosphere and everything makes up for this.

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1  Thank John L
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