Victory Tavern Review
I went to Victory tavern on Friday night around 8:30, to miss the rush of people going to the Mavs game. We were seated in one of the bar booths because the dining room was completly empty. The space is nice, similar to a Houstons. We started with the thin chips and blue cheese dipping sauce, but the blue cheese was poured over the chips. Tasted great but the chips got soggy after only a few minutes. There was too much cheese for my boyfriend. After that, I ate the lobster bisque which was so salty I could only eat a few bites. The calamari was good though. Not great. For entrees, my boyfriend played it safe and ordered the Tavern Burger. At $12, not that good. Lettuce from a bag, predictable meat, nothing special. I had the prime rib dip, which sounded great because of the pouring rain outside, but the bread was soggy before I even dipped it! The last guest had some asian chicken salad that she said was okay. Over all, the menu seems confused. Actually, the whole place seemed confused. It is a tavern, but there was only four beers on tap. There were only two TV's in the bar and the service seemed VERY novice. I spoke with the chef and he admitted that the menu was still a work in progress. Hopefully, he will be able to pull it all together. Overall, not great food, not great service. The bill was $100 for the three of us (two were drinking) and I would have much rather spent that on a new pair of shoes. Save your money.
I have eaten their twice and my opinion favors that of what has already been posted here. It's almost like they built the place as a blank slate, not knowing what direction to take the restaurant. Do they become sports-bar neighborhood tavern or do they go upscale? It could go either way and the result is that they do nothing bad, but nothing great either.
In my opinion they only have the length of the NBA playoffs to get their image nailed down. During the summers, with the exception of the circus, Victory is a ghost town.
N9NE, Ghostbar, Nove suffer the same problem. The newness is quickly wearing off and the establishments down there will need more than a new development to carry them. They must become stellar eateries. There are too many other great restaurants that offer better service at a lower price within spitting distance.
Great, we're going there for the first time this Friday evening before the hockey game... Good review, though.
Logistically it would be too hard to change plans (too many out-of-towners coming to the AAC area for the first time), but hopefully I'll have a better experience to share.
OK, not much to add to bt1984's original review. Was there Friday night at 6pm before the hockey game. Place filled up while we were there, main dining area gets very loud. Angus burger was good, but again, not $12 good. Draft Shiners were very small for $6. Service was very attentive, though. bt1984's description as "confused" is apt, the name "Victory Tavern" suggests a sports bar type place, but it wants to be a hip casual-food-at-upscale-prices joint (and when your best beer of only four on tap is Shiner, it's not a "tavern", not that there's anything wrong with Shiner). Still, I would say this place's main fault is being overpriced more than anything else, and I guess you're paying partly for the location... I might go back if I needed to eat near AAC and I wasn't paying...