Swarming with a vibrant and excited after work crowd, Tavern Road is quite the hot spot for a drink and a bite on a weekday in Fort Point. If the weather is warm, huge windows leading out to Congress Street open for a “protected alfresco” feel. Although it’s welcoming from the outside, I could hear the music from the street and felt slightly skeptical about what might be going on inside.
I walked in to find a large bar to my right dividing the room – there are quite a few tables to the left - maybe 4 times the size of the bar - booth seating as well as spots for larger parties. The bar scene is jumping, and I found my friend seated a table along the dividing line between the bar and the restaurant. While the restaurant was certainly not quiet, I was pleasantly surprised to be able to fully converse with my friend and hear everything she way saying. Based on my experience, I’d say Tavern Road has successfully mastered the bar/restaurant “which is which” predicament. It can be done!
Service was attentive without being overbearing. Our water glasses were never empty, the menu was explained thoroughly, and we were offered a second glass of wine at just the perfect time. I believe we had a trainee shadowing our waitress, and although I respect everyone needs to learn I also kind of think when that happens it’s normally a drag. At Tavern Road, that was not the case. If anything, we just had our bread crumbs cleared more quickly and our check delivered more promptly.
I’ll be frank- the menu is a little strange. We had no idea what to order. Everything sounded good but has at least one ingredient we were unclear on or a food combination that sounded confusing. What’s frustrating is that Tavern Road offers a late night menu with a bunch of goodies, fancy foodie grilled cheese, a burger, meatballs- staples that I feel are a good option on any menu. Another thing that irked me was the lack of a cheese plate. As a cheese lover- I expect and desire a few selections – especially when the menu is so eclectic! Those two issues aside, the food was really good. We ended up sharing the whipped feta on toast and each had an order of the corn soup with lobster sausage. Sounds kind of weird right? It was amazing. We also shared a side of the gnocchi that was quite good. With just that, and some of their house focaccia, we were actually stuffed.
Should You Check It Out? Yes! But make sure you will take your food baby pants off and know that you will be taking on a taste adventure. If that sounds awful to you, least give it a try for a drink at the bar- the cocktails looked delicious!
When Should You Go? Be aware that the menu changes seasonally. Do a birthday party with a group of friends but not a birthday celebration with just your significant other. It’s fun and hip, not quaint and romantic.