Tavern and Table

IMG_0016Summer can not come soon enough and I know where my paddle-boarding break will be…Tavern and Table. This gorgeous new restaurant is right on Shem Creek and has a beautiful deck and outdoor bar that screams drink in hand on a sunny day in Chuck town. 10537063_1440009459621578_8112026814070937630_n.0t&t

If you actually enter the restaurant from the ‘front’ as opposed to the water, you are immediately greeted by a rustic Southern decor with beautiful exposed natural wooden walls. Colors of seafoam are infused into restaurant’s design and the whole atmosphere is very inviting and homey. Apparently, Tanya from HGTV was the interior designer and did a wonderful job, thanks for the info Coastal Kelder.IMG_0001 I was excited to give Tavern and Table a second chance this past Tuesday because my first experience I left wanting more. I knew I loved the place before I had eaten the food and then I was left unsatisfied after trying their brunch. I tasted so much potential, but it just didn’t do anything for me…the first time. Second go around for Fallon’s birthday did it. I had been studying the menu all day. Do I go safe or go big and put all my expectations back on the table? The safe option would be the BLT with pork belly. Alyssa ended up getting this dish which came with pickled green tomatoes, fried onion rings, and buttermilk ranch…yea I think I would have liked this.IMG_0005As y’all know by now, pork belly is my weakness. It’s bad. However, after talking to our waiter Justin A, he encouraged me to get what I really wanted, the Soy Carmel Braised Short Ribs. IMG_0006I think I won. The beef was cooked to the perfect temperature and tender enough to pull apart with just my fork. The soy flavor made this dish because it was sweet and paired really well with the savoriness of the ramen noodle gnocchi and Asian vegetables. My only suggestions is that I wanted more gnocchi to soak up my left over sauce! My second favorite dish was the Roasted Brussel Sprouts from the snacks section. These were probably so good because they were cooked until soft and mixed with bacon, parmesan cheese, and whole grain mustard. I mean, yes, please cover my veggies in cheese and bacon and call it a day.IMG_0003Others at the table ordered the Glazed Fig and Prosciutto, the Basil Pesto, and the Braised Short Rib Flatbreads. I snuck bites of each and all were delicious. My favorite was the fig and prosciutto because the fig was like candy and the saltiness of the pork with the arugula was a great combination.IMG_0007 IMG_0008Tavern and Table is a perfect location for an occasion dinner or gathering. We definitely felt right at home and enjoyed a dramatic reading from Len, embarrassing moments Fallon shared about Raymond, and overall felt comfortable in the atmosphere to get loud. I hope you had a wonderful BIRTHDAY Fallon and we are so glad you were born!IMG_0011 IMG_0012_2Andy and Tavern and Table, thank y’all and see y’all soon. Cheers to summer!

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Stars

Stars is a new rooftop bar on upper King Street that opened back in September so reaaaally its not that new compared to recent restaurant openings in town. I have been multiple times to the bar which is a very chill atmosphere and they have a large selection of wine on tap which is awesome. The roof top is very open and has lots of tables and plants and open air- also always a large scene at night.

I had appetizers there with Lauren for the first time though and the BLT has changed my life. I am a huge sucker for pork belly and that’s exactly what this down from heaven piece of bacon tasted like. I feel like it really has changed my life because I will never again be able to eat a normal BLT. The lettuce was shredded and the tomatoes were grape tomatoes that were tucked down into the hot-dog style bun. The bun itself was amazing, kind of like texas toast (lots of butter). The whole presentation I found very creative and really enjoyed it. And to top it off…on Tuesdays from 4-7 its only $3!!!

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The second appetizer that we ordered were the burger sliders. Whenever I am skimming a menu, if the word “truffle” is somewhere on there I usually catch it within 5 seconds. These burgers had on them…just wait..grilled oyster mushrooms, caramelized onions, black truffle aioli, and buffalo’s milk cheese. AHHHHmazing. ImageFood is such a part of me and my natural being. What I mean is it truly affects my status and mood. I was so happy after these two items because I was so impressed with their taste. The results of good food really do pull at my heart strings. Is that weird?