Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review: Tiny Eats at The Tavern Company

I tend to eat out more than I should during the week and often go to the same old places. On Wednesday nights, my running club tends to end up at Brennan's Colony in Cleveland Heights because they can accomodate large groups and have above average bar food. However, when we attempted to go last week, the place was packed. So packed that my large group had to scramble to figure out where to go and we ended up at The Tavern Company.
I'd never been to TavCo, as the locals call it, and I really didn't know what to expect. I'd seen the menu online and it featured food slightly better than bar food...but the curtains didn't match the drapes, if you get my drift. The restaurant/bar itself is a little divey in comparison to the menu options, but...I guess I'd rather have better food than ambiance.

I ordered one if the few vegetarian items on the menu - a portabella caprese wrap. It boasted pesto with spinach and tomatoes with some mozzarella cheese. Trying to be a little healthier, I ordered a house salad instead of fries. A house salad that came with a citrus vinaigrette. Fancy for a bar, was pretty good. The other odd thing about the salad was the bowl it was served it. It sounds like I'm hung up on this, but the dishware was nicer than I would have expected.

What I didn't expect was the tiny size of my wrap. If it hadn't been put on such a large plate it might not have seemed as comically small, seemed comically small. Maybe they were looking out for my health by giving me a small wrap to make up for the pesto, but...I've never really seen such a small wrap before. Sadly, it was also small on taste.

My boyfriend loved his steak and the garlic fries that were served around me smelled great. A friend ordered the vegetarian squash soup and I immediately regretted not ordering it. So maybe I just ordered one of the misses on the menu. I'm sure I'll be back again at some point and I'll be sure to try something different. Like those fries!

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