Monday, January 13, 2014

Park Tavern

Location: 5433 Park Place, Rosemont
Cost: About $25 per person

My friend Amanda and I had been trying to meet up for some time. Between her job and her obsession with holding our friend's new twin babies, she was really hard to pin down to some plans. We finally settled on meeting in Rosemont (it was in between the city and Arlington Heights where she lives) at the Park Tavern.

For the city dwellers out there, the whole MB park complex is pretty accessible by blue line and shuttle, but Amanda grabbed me at the station with her fiance Sal. Parking was a real pain and is very poorly organized. On top of all that, there was this big open skate ice rink drawing a ton of people and making getting to the restaurant itself quite the obstacle. We had a reservation which was surprisingly necessary (but that's probably just the elitist Chicagoan in me). Our waiter gave us plenty of space to hang out and take time with the meal. The cost was very reasonable with most sandwiches and entrees in the mid to low teens. They had a decent beer list too.

The Food
We could see from the tables nearby that the portion sizes were pretty large and decided to forego any appetizers. For the main course Amanda got the Angus Burger with some bacon and avocado, Sal got the Brisket Burger, and I got the House Smoked PBR Can Chicken. They were pretty happy with the burgers, and the fries were solid. My chicken was disappointing. There was this very strange, almost processed flavor to the smokiness. The texture was a little rubbery. The sides, on the other hand, were great. The brussel sprouts were left in large pieces with a good char. The jalapeno mac n' cheese had a good crisp from the burnt cheese on top with plenty of creaminess underneath.

The House Smoked PBR Can Chicken 

 The Jalapeno Mac n' Cheese

 The Brussel Sprouts

The Angus Burger with Avocado and Bacon

The Park Tavern turned into another trip to Rosemont where the company outweighed the quality of the food (I don't mean my friends are fat or anything, just that the food was average). My chicken, which was touted on the menu as a special item, was just not up to snuff. I'm giving them 2 out of 5 Pearls.

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