Taverns adorn their walls with the busts of noble beasts to remind humans of less convenient times, when there were no restaurants and giant antlered creatures watched them microwave their pizza rolls. Reenact mealtimes past with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pub fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Buck Tavern in Corbin City.
The rustic, lodge-inspired Buck Tavern fills palates with selections from a hearty menu of chicken, pork, and seafood meals. Like John Adams when he visited France for the first time, the slow-roasted Cajun pork tenderloin arrives bedecked with blue cheese and crabmeat ($19.95), and the south philly pork sandwich dances gingerly with a team of broccoli rabe and provolone ($7.50). Mouths that favor marine life can plunge into locally caught flounder ($18.95) or attempt to tackle the Admiral, a fried cavalcade of crab cake, scallops, flounder, shrimp, deviled clam, and oysters ($29.95). The dining room exudes rustic charm, replete with a buck head adorning the wood-paneled walls and a stone fireplace in which visitors can burn still-disappointing report cards. The tavern serves savory feasts Wednesday–Sunday from 4 p.m. until closing.