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Westside Tavern -- a resounding success


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Westside Tavern -- a resounding success

havepixel | | Aug 27, 2009 08:04 AM

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Summary: I brought my in-laws to Westside Tavern last Saturday and everyone had nothing but high praises for the food, service, and the overall experience. The scene was bustling, busy, with everyone talking and having a good night out on the town. The long wooden bar is gorgeous and just might be the 8th wonder of the world if it were any longer. No reservations accepted and I argue that's a good move in an effort to help reel in the movie patrons just filing out of the latest blockbuster. Dish-town cloth napkins were a nice touch -- almost reminded me of those shop towels you can get at Costco. So how about the food? Let's see:

Spit-roasted chicken: absolutely delicious. The most flavorful and moist chicken I've had in recent times. The sweet mustard sauce provided was a nice compliment, but honestly the chicken had enough flavor on its own.

Duck conft with figs -- very tasty though not as moist as I would have liked, and it was slightly overcooked in my opinion, but otherwise this was well received by the table. Provided figs were nicely prepared.

Flat-iron steak with sea-salted fries. Perfectly cooked to a medium-rare and the sauce brought the overall taste to another level. The fries were ok and could have been crispier.

Day-boat scallops with potatoes and corn: I think this dish was $22 and it was probably the bargain of the night. Scallops were seared nicely with great color and texture--they retained that fresh out-of-the-ocean taste.

Salmon -- ok so the person who ordered this did not share so I can't comment (long story--read the blog comments), but I did hear phrases like "moist" and "nicely cooked"

Heirloom tomatoes: 1/2" thick slabs of wonderfully fresh tasting tomatoes drizzled with vinegar. Nicely done.

I know this place is known for their warm sticky toffee cake, but we had birthday cake back at the house so we'll have to try on another visit.

The overall service was excellent, the food came out in a reasonable time and all at the same time, and the drink selections (Moscow Mule, Pinot Noir, Syrah, several beers) were very good and reasonable priced. This place is an obvious do-over.


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