Comfort food garbs your tongue in luxurious velveteen knickerbockers of flavor, as opposed to discomfort food, which clings to the face like an overly tight ascot. Avoid the embarrassment of culinary crampers with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of eclectic comfort fare at Grovewood Tavern.
Deep within the cozy walls of the Grovewood Tavern lies a full menu of dishes that, like the settings of many Twilight Zone episodes, are at once familiar and deliciously unusual. Peruse a spread of recipes that blends international flair with American flair for double-flair flavor-flavors. Begin an evening of feasting with globe-hopping mussels milanese–– P.E.I. mussels steamed with tomato, butter, and white wine ($13). Or reward your crustacean cravings with crab cakes, served in a lettuce cup with creole remoulade ($13). With a stomach freshly awoken, arrive at fulfilling entrees, such as the slow-braised bison pot roast with root veggies, served atop gnocchi ($23), blackened diver scallops poached in ancho-honey cream with chorizo, cheddar, and scallion whipped potatoes ($29), or zinfandel short ribs, making up for their lack of height by presenting off the bone, certified Angus beef, braised with zinfandel and dried cherries, and served over creamy red-pepper orzo ($23.50).
Open daily at 5 p.m., Grovewood lets you toe the culinary line between rib sticking and elegant through savory meals that excite a stomach more than a new mini fridge filled with mini cheerleaders and double-sized pizza rolls ever could. A festive dining room, accented with exposed joists and dangling holiday lights, offers a homey atmosphere to complement the eclectic menu, and summer months invite diners to linger on the small outdoor patio––an ideal location for intimate dining, people watching, or attempting to stare down the moon.
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Though it isn’t a matchmaking service, Grovewood Tavern is responsible for more than 200 successful relationships in the past decade, all of which were realized over dinner. The brick-enclosed restaurant specializes in the delicious puppy love between food and drink, hosting meals that pair fine wines, beers, and spirits with bites from a globally conscious kitchen. The courses encourage guests to savor combinations in the moment, but also nod to the history inside the glassware. Trivia and origin stories accompany the drinks, detailing their flavors and the favorable reviews they've received. Some dinners benefit from presentation by expert hosts, including vineyard aficionados and people who know how the ghosts are added to each bottle of spirits.
Outside of these showcases, visitors can still enjoy selections from the tavern's regular menu. Lamb burger sliders dispel any worries about stereotypical pub fare, and the entrees' emphasis on local and organic ingredients adds a refreshing ease of conscience to each bite. Grovewood’s catalog of savory meats ranges from Japanese-style barbecued chicken to the bison brisket. Chefs accommodate vegetarians and vegans as well. A wealth of meat- and gluten-free options speckles the menu's pages, and the pairing dinners list substitutions for nonveggie helpings, replacing replacing tea-smoked duck breast with grilled tofu and skirt steak with vegan beef.