is Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Medway.
Some say it is standard, delicious, amazing.
The Latest Review: ★★★★
Sent on the 24th of July, 2010
4 stars - This is a place that has clearly stood the test of time and won. The urban types don't seem to have made the discovery yet, (so we are safe until the word gets out) this isn't your strip mall cookie cutter chain joint - it is an authentic slice of amazing America with some damn good food to boot.
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In 1939 I'll bet this place was the bee's knees with the turquoise booths and orange vinyl chairs with those shiny metal legs. Back then they certainly did not have that extensive collection of old toys, toiletry tins, and other vintage items that give a great sense of character and vibe to the joint.
Only a few tiny windows in the place, tavern is right - the place is dimly lit, but not dark bar dim, but pleasant dining dim. You enter and the large oval bar space is to your right (did not see a tuxedo behind the bar, but it was a Tuesday), creating a screen btwn the bar and restaurant dining room is a large case with lots of old toy autos. The exterior walls above the booths are lined with display boxes that circle the outer walls of the restaurant and showcase a slice of American history in toys, shaving cream, ointment, posters, bar signs and so forth.
This isn't a tie kinda place, but I can see how one other reviewer would expect to see Sinatra there... it is that kind a joint. Family friendly as well. Jeans and tennies, or nice slacks and a button up shirt all go well here.
The service staff is on par with the restaurant, mature women - I kinda got that Alice vibe from them, Alice from the Mel's Diner on tv ages ago...
Anyway, have been desperate to find places that were not your standard fare ambiance and the Tavernette has it going on.
Food - well... yum was the word. I had the chicken cordon bleu and it was very delicious... the chicken was wonderfully moist and tender... 2 boneless skinless breasts... now it was not the coated style I was used to, it was the breast with the ham and cheese on top... when it arrived I was slightly taken aback, that is until I popped the first tasty tidbit into the mouth... then, the hell with the standard version... yummy. I had the home fries, which were not the style I have come to expect - either wedges, chunks or maybe hashbrown shreds, nope, it was what I grew up calling fried potatoes. Potatoes sliced and fried, with most of them getting nice and crispy on just one side. Mmmmmmm childhood revisited.
My dining companion had the fried (deep and battered) jumbo shrimp, stewed tomatoes and rice pilaf... I did not try the shrimp, but she said it was definitely a repeat order item, she found the pilaf dry, but I found it perfectly moist and not too soft or too hard. I am not a hot tomato kinda person, but those stewed tomatoes were really delicious.
All in all, this joint is a hands down winner and I am excited (something I don't get to say alot since moving from SF to Dayton) to go back and try a burger and some onion rings.
Note - the free relish tray is a relic of days gone by... you can order it as an appetizer for $4 or order it along with a dinner for $2.
Don't go telling a bunch of folks about this place... just quietly go and enjoy so we don't get over run and have to wait to be seated!