RJ & I recently tried Tavern on Park – it’s been there for some time, but neither of us had eaten there. If you live in Charlotte – you probably KNOW where it is, even if you haven’t been. It sits in the the shopping center right on the corner of Park Road and Woodlawn Ave. NOT Park Road Shopping Center – but the one on the other side with the huge Total Wine in it. It’s a spacious place with a ton of tvs, various seating and a pretty large bar.
It’s changed hands quite a few times in the last few years – so you may not have taken time out to give it a try. RJ & I recently purchased one of the CitiPass coupon books and were looking for a place to do a late lunch/early dinner on Sunday. The CitiPass has a buy one get one dinner entree deal – so we decided to check it out.
The location is ideal because parking usually isn’t an issue – and it’s close to a lot of other places so if you wanted to do food there and grab drinks on Montford – it’s super close. It’s a laid back environment – or at least it was on a Sunday afternoon. It was a seat yourself sort of thing. We waited for a little while for someone to notice us and bring us menus – but once our server came, she was really great.
I noticed some of the menu items reminded me of some options from the classic Sir Edmund Halley’s that just reopened in Charlotte. Tavern on Park had a Jerk Chicken Nacho and a Spicy Portabella & Asparagus Grilled Cheese that reminded me of Sir Ed’s. Anyway – we splurged and tried the Jerk Chicken nachos. I have to say that we waited on them for awhile – but it was worth the wait. They were really delicious. So good, in fact, that we didn’t manage to take a picture of them 🙂
I liked that the appetizer, while more than enough for two people to share – it wasn’t a monster platter piled high. The jerk seasoning was good – but not overpowering and the chicken was well cooked – not overly dry.
For dinner – I went with the Chicken Dakota sandwich which was grilled chicken, honey mustard, tavern fried onions on a grilled sourdough bread. I got the fries as a side – and they were the crispy brown kind…you know like the curly fries except NOT curly? They were GOOD. They also had an option of the homemade chips but when we asked the server her suggestion she said the fries looked really good “this time around.” So i’d encourage you to ask the same question if you go just in case they aren’t always the same?
The sandwich was really tasty. The grilled sourdough was probably my favorite part – it was a little doughy from the honey mustard dressing – which was more of a mustard based dressing (not the thick creamy dipping kind). The tavern fried onions were tiny little strips of fried onion – kind of like onion straws and while they were tasty, it was impossible to not eat them all in one bite without creating a mess. I’ve said this before on our restaurant reviews – but this wouldn’t be something i’d suggest as a first date or work lunch food because it is MESSY! On the other hand – it was delicious and priced at $8.99 – i thought it was reasonable and a big portion ( I didn’t finish the sandwich).
RJ went with the Blackened Salmon Wrap with avocado, baby greens, tomato, lemon aioli and the fries and he enjoyed it thoroughly. He said the salmon was cooked just right and the sauce was light and creamy. He said it wasn’t a super flavorful wrap, but good for a light lunch. He did mention that it would have been super messy if it wasn’t in a wrap! It was also $8.99 and came with your choice of a side.
Overall, we enjoyed our experience at Tavern on Park. We ended up eating off their dinner menu, but in a quick comparison with their lunch menu via their website – I don’t see any major differences in pricing!
Decent selection of beers on draft – and it looks like they have specials going on almost everyday on food or buckets of beer, etc.
It’s a nice atmosphere – nothing fancy, but lots of options for a variety of eaters. Check it out: http://www.thetavernonpark.com/