Tavern opened up in The Village Shops earlier this year, replacing Jose Peppers on the corner. A much-anticipated opening among our neighborhood, Tavern was met with mixed reviews. Mixed, not necessarily because of their food or atmosphere, but because Prairie Village is filled with young families and Tavern, while technically family-friendly, is not really a place for kids.
menu of freshly inspired, handcrafted cocktails and manages the restaurant's bar operations. I've been making my way through this menu, trip by trip, and all are delicious. Pictured above, clockwise starting with the martini glass: Rosemary Monk, Old Fashioned (The Stallion was boring this night), Thai Tavern Julep, and Rosewater Citrus Rickey.
You'll probably limit yourself to just one of these signature cocktails, if you're like me, as they are priced at $8-10 each. I typically move on to a glass of wine with dinner or Ketel and water if I'm there just for cocktails.
I ordered their Grilled Beef Tenderloin sandwich ($12), and it was exquisite. What a great way to make use of scraps of one of the most tender cuts of beef. The roll was perfectly toasted and piled high with tender grilled beef, provolone, roasted red pepper and arugula. YUM.
We've been to Tavern at least 5 or 6 times since it opened, so I think it's safe to say that we like this place (proximity definitely plays into this). I love the modern vibe and it is upscale casual as it promises. (A bit of an oxymoron if you ask me, but I don't make up dining categories.) I've been there with the ladies for cocktails, for a late dinner-and-plan-our-wedding-with-our-laptops-at-the-table, and everything in between. If you live nearby, you should definitely put it in the back of your mind as a place to go next time you don't feel like making dinner.