It gives me no pleasure to write a less than complimentary review. Sometimes tavern fare is creative and well executed - and sometimes it isn't. Kutztown Tavern is in the latter group.
First a few positive notes: One, my server (I believe her name was Ali) was professional, personable and attentive. Two, the K-Town Tavern ambience is noteworthy, well appointed and appropriate for the venue.
Unfortunately the music was playing at an uncomfortable volume, not conducive to dining irrespective of the demographic of the patronage.
I ordered the seafood bisque. It was loaded with bay scallops, baby shrimp and other shellfish along with a little salmon thrown in for good measure. It was also over-seasoned by half. Very salty. If the kitchen is adding bacon or other salted product for accent/flavor, then they would do well to adjust seasoning accordingly. But for this problem the bisque would have been a hands-down winner. Bottom line, it wasn't.
The iced tea was good. Someone cares that it's fresh brewed and consistent. The pastrami and swiss panini was OK, nothing special. The onion rings (for which I paid an upcharge of $3.50) were disappointing. If a tavern is to make its mark with food as well as beer, then lose the frozen product. The onion rings had the taste, texture and presentation of frozen 'battered' onion rings. Edible, but not much else. It wasn't clear if the french fries (regular or curly or sweet potato) were fresh cut but I doubt it as any tavern worth its salt (no pun intended) would likely mention this on the menu.
For purposes of this review I will define 'Value' as the relationship between the entirety of the dining experience v. the price in $$$ for same. Based upon this experience I do not believe this restaurant offers much in the way of value, i.e. less than average.
I get to Kutztown Tavern on an average of twice a year when my business takes me to the area. I may or may not return in the future. I think the owners need to take a hard look at their offerings and execution in the food area and up their game some. Sometimes tavern food can be hearty and welcoming and truly comforting, offering considerable value for the dining out dollar. There is no reason to believe that the Kutztown Tavern won't improve and I wish them nothing but success. The restaurant business is brutal, wildly competitive, and very taxing both physically and psychologically. I trust that the owners/managers (if they read this) will accept that it comes from a desire to be helpful and provide information they may find worthwhile and perhaps actionable.
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