The New Menu at Tavern Has Us Coming Back Again
Tavern, the basement bar at the Sky Lodge, feels like a secret, local’s only hangout tucked away from the typical Main Street bars. The roaring fireplace, exposed stone wall, rough wood floors and large communal table set up an atmosphere that is perfect for sipping on cocktails with a group of friends. Formerly Bar Boheme, Tavern was recently re-invented as part of the new dining options at the Sky Lodge.
Casey and I went to check out their new menu over the weekend and we were pleasantly surprised. Unlike the price hikes at the new Table One restaurant upstairs, the new menu at Tavern is actually more reasonably priced than the old Bar Boheme menu. It is divided into 3 main sections with Appetizers, Small Plates, and Large Plates. Most small plates and appetizers are under $10, while most large plates are well priced in the $12-$16 range. For Main Street, this seems like a bargain.
The first menu you’ll probably notice at Tavern is the extensive beer and wine list. While many Main Street restaurants have expansive wine lists, not many can compete with the beer offerings at Tavern. With over 50 imported and microbrew selections, you are sure to find something new on this beer list. I went with a high-end selection from Belgium: the Trappistes Rochefort 10. I don’t know if I have ever seen this beer on another list in Utah, aside from the list at The Bayou in SLC. At $10 it is on the expensive side, but it is one of the highest rated beers in the world and worth every penny. Beeradvocate gives it a perfect 100 score, and rates it at their #15 pick for best beer in the world on their top 250 list. Casey and her sister Tori both went with Manhattans, on recommendation from our server Matt.
As our drinks arrived, we were presented with a sample of Tavern’s house-made spicy chili popcorn ($6). This spicy/sweet bar snack went well with our drink, but wasn’t overpowering. For our first official course we decided on the Frites appetizer ($7), which are skinny potatoes fried in chorizo oil and topped with chorizo bits and parmesan cheese.
For our main courses, we all went with items from the large plates section of the menu. Casey chose the Warm Lobster Roll ($20), and the portion was more than ample. It is one of the most expensive items on the menu, but she was pleased with her choice. She mentioned wanting to try the Butternut Squash Tortellini next time.
I went with the large portion of the Bison Cottage Pie ($15), which is their take on a traditional Irish shepherds pie. This dish was excellent and well worth the price tag.
Our meal was wrapping up nicely, and we decided to give a couple desserts a try. Matt, our server, recommended the ginger Creme Brulee ($8) and the Hot Chocolate Fondant ($8). Our unanimous favorite was the warm, gooey, and so rich chocolate dish with its liquid center. It was probably a bit much at this point, but who said reviewing restaurant menus was easy?
We ended up spending about 2 hours at Tavern, savoring every bite of our excellent meal. This bar is an excellent way to escape the Main Street crowds while enjoying some well-priced gourmet pub food. Go there for the beer list alone! Tavern has also brought back the local favorite French Onion Soup, as well as added a Lamb Burger with Feta for about $15. The staff at Tavern is falling into their new roles nicely, and you will love what is coming out of their kitchen.