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Iron Gates or Tabard Inn for lunch

taresa514 May 1, 2008 01:36 PM

For various reasons, I will be having lunch at one of these places tomorrow with an old friend (hooray for re-connecting!)
Question is, do I need reservations? Any experience?

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    dcandohio RE: taresa514 May 1, 2008 02:33 PM

    The food at Tabard is leagues better. Make a reservation. The patio at Iron Gate is lovely - too bad the food doesn't match.

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      beauxgoris RE: dcandohio May 1, 2008 03:06 PM

      Tabard Inn all the way. I'd make a reservation though, it can be hard to get a table.

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        Elyssa RE: beauxgoris May 2, 2008 05:19 AM

        ditto. And if the weather holds out, try to get a seat on the outside patio/courtyard...one of the most charming spots in town.

    2. HSBSteveM RE: taresa514 May 1, 2008 07:15 PM

      The ONLY reason to go to Iron Gate and put up with their consistently mediocre food and service is that at this time of year, there is a large, very old Wisteria vine covering the outdoor patio that should be in full bloom. Better yet, have a good meal at Tabard and stroll across the street for a peek at the vine.

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