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Tavern Law -- Interesting drinks, but the food?

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So I've been to Tavern Law twice now, and I have to say I can't recommend it for dinner. They can do quite a range of interesting drinks, but if great gastropub grub is what you're after, then I'd stick with Quinn's.

The kitchen seems to be banging out plates with a high degree of skill. It's the conceptualization that seems off. They're trying for the kind of sophisticated pub grub that has worked other places, but the flavor veers toward the one-note -- all salt and acid and astringency. Tonight that was true of the pork belly, the butterfish, and the cod fritters, which were especially salty. On a prior visit, I was similarly underwhelmed by the depth of flavor in the risotto.

Maybe they'll be able to retool. The space is fun. The drinks are tasty. It's a great scene. Just the food disappoints, and because it's not well thought through. I'm hoping they'll be able to evolve the food concept because I want to like it.

Any other reactions?

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  1. JJ,

    Didn't read first, before posting, but I just posted about our experience last night and I agree, we all did mention the saltiness of the food. I think you are spot on and I too liked our Quinn's dining experience better.

    Billy Bob