Good Times at The Tavern at Triangle Park

Richmond Restaurants — By on August 3, 2011 8:50 pm

Beer battered and fried snapper with remoulade.

Getting into the parking lot at the Tavern at Triangle Park is not the easiest thing to do, and the front of the building doesn’t really tell you what’s inside. When you walk into the Tavern at Triangle Park you listen for your first name. Because, this could very well be the place where everybody knows your name.

Located in the West End of Richmond at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and Three Chopt Road, the Tavern is unassuming in décor. It’s much larger than you’d think in a typical strip mall setting and it’s a great place for a casual meal with friends or family.

Out for Sunday brunch again, we walked in with an unannounced party of ten (perhaps the sermon made us hungry?), and were seated with no fuss or fanfare.

That’s just one of the ways that Tavern is extremely relaxing. The staff is friendly and they actually seem to enjoy their job. If you have occasion to dine out very often that can be a refreshing change from the surly little dressed in all black because they’re better than you servers you get at a more upscale place.

We were offered the regular menu as well as the Sunday Brunch menu, which I found was also conveniently located on their website. In fact you can go there for daily specials and even recipes of some of your favorites. You can even sign up for email updates.

The brunch menu included some the traditional favorites such as Eggs Benedict and French toast. But it also offers the Tavern’s special version of the Tavern Benny. That’s poached eggs, crab cakes and hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin. And just where else in Richmond can you get Johnny Cakes? Well, you can at the Tavern.

Several of our group loved the Tavern Benny. I went the more traditional route and had a very enjoyable club. My wife loved the Huevos Rancheros. Our eleven year old, never one to shirk from a challenge, was delighted with his shrimp burger, sort of a like a crab cake, but with shrimp. (Duh, Dad!)

Inside the Tavern there’s plenty of seating or you can pull up a stool at the bar. The booths are large and comfortable. And for larger parties and outdoor dining there’s a screened-in deck.

The Tavern is a great place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing, good meal that won’t drain your wallet. There’s also a great sandwich menu and you can always get a tasty burger or crab cake sandwich.

We like the Tavern and we’ll keep it on our go to list. It’s a nice alternative to the casual chain restaurants that don’t offer quite the same pricing or value.

I’ve been told there’s also a great wine and beer selection, yet another reason to go back. But don’t tell the eleven year old he’ll be missing out of another shrimp burger.

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