Sweetwater tavern is a branch of the amazing Great American Restaurant (GAR) chain. They have a brief menu and it is all good. I ate there again last night for my birthday and dinner was spectacular, again.
They make a half chicken with mashed potatoes and "brown butter sauce" that is to die for. The chicken has been cooked in a smoker and is juicy and tender, semi boneless. Then there is the brown butter sauce, be sure to ask for extra. It is nothing short of amazing. My kids will keep dipping their fingers into the sauce just to get a taste of it, after the chicken is long gone. Best part, this entree is only $13.
Other amazing dishes include anything with beef. The drunken rib eye is soaked in beer for a long time and then grilled to perfection. The taste is unique and great, the texture of the steak can be a little off after all that time in the beer, but it sure is good. At lunch, and usually only at lunch, they have fillet tips in tequila lime sauce over penne pasta. According to our server, as they hand trim the fillets for dinner they will have some leftover pieces and this was their answer about what to do with the pieces. It is heaven on a plate, great sauce, delicious beef flavor from the little bites of fillet. My boss, who only went there because I forced him (he hates "chain restaurants") said it was the best dish he had ever eaten.
They may be a chain, but they are an amazing chain. I highly recommend any of the GAR restaurant family (Carlyle Grand, Mikes American Grill, Coastal Flats, Sweetwater Tavern for sure). I have been going to Carlyle for 25+ years and was worried that expansion would hurt the quality, and if anything things just keep getting better. I just wish they would expand into Maryland.
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