Booze at Coney Island – Whaaaat?

Omar and I decided to look for some trivia on a Sunday night that we were looking for something to do. We found a live game being played at “Jimmy’s Tavern” on Van Dyke in Warren, I know the location, but did not remember a bar there. Well come to find out that is because the bar is behind, owned by and part of National Coney Island. You can order drinks at Coney Island or Coney food at the bar. That’s right. Mind BLOWN! Jimmy’s also has their “tavern menu” which is supposed to be slightly more upscale than National.

This night, we didn’t plan on eating, just enjoying a beer and some trivia. The beer menu is vast, with a wide array of ales, porters, stouts and fruited beers. Omar is enjoying their PB & J’ale’y beer from Elk Brweing Company. 5% apv, It has a nutty flavor, mingled with a sweet fruited taste. Not my jam – pun intended.

I have been ordering the Erik the Red beer from Dragonmead Brewery. Also 5% apv, it is copper in color with overtones of caramel, malt and hops.

The trivia was fun, and we are happy to say we won second place in game 1 and first place in game 2. Happy to walk away with $40 in gift cards for our next trip!

The next visit was the following Sunday as we felt like playing trivia again, This time we decided to eat since we had the gift cards. I ordered the “tavern nachos” off the tavern menu and Omar ordered wings and tavern fries which are waffle fries covered with melted cheese bacon and scallions. The nachos said they were fresh made in house with melted cheese and even the coney island chili. What I received, however, was stale chips, with hamburger meat, that gross cheese goo melted over it with some black olives. They were not good and a far far cry from the menu’s description, I sent them back which is something I almost never do, but these were basically inedible. The bartender was quite surprised to see I was served the National Coney Island nachos and not the “tavern menu” nachos. She quickly apologized and the correct nachos were brought out soon after. These were worlds better, with totally different chips, real melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and coney island chili, Very good, but very large. Too much for me to eat! The wings were average, and the tavern fries good, but not mind blowing.

The food is average, and the National Coney Island food is exactly what you expect. The bartenders are friendly, trivia fun and beer menu extensive. I would recommend a visit, on either side. Jimmy’s Tavern and enjoy a beer, a Hani and a baby greek salad or on the Coney Island side, enjoying a nice alcoholic beverage with your Coney Island dinner.

Used our Brain at Tavern on the Main

Valentines Day, how romantic. Wine, flowers, candy, fine dining. STOP! Valentines Day this year was on a Wednesday. The last thing I wanted to do was fight crowds to go some fancy dinner that we didn’t even feel like. Wednesday nights you can usually find us playing trivia at a local pub by our house which I won’t mention. We called said local pub who informed us that trivia wouldn’t happen that night or any other. Humm… interesting development. I searched the two local live trivia sites we frequent, Quizzo and Sporacle and found a local place that had trivia that night.

We headed to Tavern on the Main, in Clawson, on Main Street (duh!). We were not expecting much. Expecting a small bar-type atmosphere with a limited bar menu. What we found though was a nice surprise. The restaurant has two separate dining areas. The first in the front part of the restaurant, and the second through a door into an area where the bar was. The set up was a bit odd, but maybe families like to avoid the bar area? The entire place is very stylish, and well maintained. Clean, cute, welcoming the place had it all. Greek owned, has a very Greek inspired menu, and the management (and owner) were so helpful and friendly. We made our way to the bar area to settle in for some trivia. The place was hopping. I didn’t know, wish I did we could make reservations, but the staff was very accommodating in trying to get us a seat. Two seats opened up at the bar, so we opted to just sit there.  The bartender was immediately attentive and friendly. Answering questions and offering samples of the beers on draft.

We both ordered the Olympus Salad. A traditional Greek with slices of Gyro meat. The salad was large, fresh, ample amount of meat and warm pita bread to accompany. The salad was delicious. A far cry from the bagged salad swill that we received from the other local-trivia placed that I did not mention. I am sorry beer lovers, we are remiss and I forgot the name of the beer we drank. It was a draft stout that we had never heard of. My bad. Will follow up next time with a beer review. The trivia was fun, although we were up against not only a bunch of big teams but very smart ones as well. Our two “man” team has to really work to keep up with the combined intellect of a 8-10 person team, but we held our own and even managed to score third place and won a gift certificate for our next visit, which there most certainly will be!

Looking forward to warmer weather, makes me want to note that this place even has a charming looking patio out front for your outdoor dining enjoyment.

Overall a great experience. I even told Omar after a trip to the beautiful bathroom “I kinda love this place”. We will be back. Look for us on a Wednesday playing trivia, eating salad and enjoying a cold (they were cold) draft beer.