Thomas Street Tavern:
Thomas Street Tavern is my new favorite place to hang, just one step into the place and your hooked. Let"s see great food, Foosball Tornado style, pool and stadium seating for the 2 ping pong tables. What else do you need" How about a juke box that waver’s between funky and groovy but most certainly well above the norm. Thomas Street has cool art from local artist and was voted Best Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (And for good reason). This is a place where the whole family could hang and have some fun. Mom and Dad can loosen up with a beer and the kids have plenty to do with the games. I wish my parents could"ve been that hip. I felt as if this is where people came to celebrate the end of another workday and the beginning of there party day. As I walked through the doors I immediately noticed the Lamplighter Restaurant sign which is literally where I grew up or come of age so to speak. Well that"s where my taste for the finer things in life blossomed. Which just closed down after a 20-yr run. To me this is like a tattoo one would place on their body. Restaurant"s are an extension of the owner"s, whether they like it or not. I felt reassured as it were that the food would be good. You can really get a feel for this place and it"s roots just by looking at the walls. With beer sign’s and old Restaurant singe, they pay tribute to those that have gone before them. Bob and Scott Whitman own Thomas Street Tavern. They also own Smokey Joe’s Cafe’. If anyone has a nact for making people feel at home, they do. That probably explains why Thomas Street Tavern average’s 5th in liqueur sales. Their people are hanging out longer because they feel at home. With Moe on the back deck serving up mouth-watering drink’s made the way they should be, you couldn"t help but have fun. I loved the back deck and it’s creative design. The bar staff Daniel, he’s the Amish looking one, and Roger were very attentive and always right there when I needed something. The food was great. I started off with the spinach dip, it was creamy with a hint of garlic, chunks of tomato"s just right for dipping with the multi-colored chip’s. The Crab Cake was interesting with fresh crab meat being very apparent and great sauces to dip. Beth’s Jersey Sandwich was absolutely fabulous to the palate. I think they use some of the best meats out there. Smoked turkey with a killer Parmesan artichoke spread, Muenster cheese and bean sprouts served up on an awesome nova roll. You can’t beat it. But you can try it. I noticed that a lot of their food, sauces, and dips were their own creation. I love the thought, the food, and the atmosphere that goes into this establishment. There have been many hours spent in the kitchen. This is the type of place that makes there own beer batter onion rings. Starting with RED OAK beer right off the tap. I witnessed that myself and it goes to show that they use quality products, far better than what you will see at many of the corporate owned places. Product’s like fresh baked bread from a bakery down the street. Buckhead meat’s marinated to perfection in house. Fresh cut fries. Ribs fresh prepared just the way you lik’em on Sunday. All this leads me to believe that they are serious about there food. I guess you will have to come out and try it for yourself. I can only eat so much. On Sundays they serve up ribs with alternating bands. One Sunday they will have Quincy and the Diss Counts playing the blues and the next Sunday is bluegrass with The Moonshine Racers, both excellent choices. Be sure to look over there beer, wine, and liquor menu, it is extensive and very well represented. Oh yeah, one other thing, Make sure you tell them Phatboy sent you! Thanks. PhatBoy.