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July 3, 2005
There is truly something on the menu for everyone. It has all the favorites, such as ribs, grilled seafood, burgers, and wood-fired pizzas, but it also has items that are a little different like Caribbean salmon and tuna nicoise. It is what I would call upscale American dining. The setting is like a large, nicely decorated cabin with dark, rich wood; a large open space; and a large fireplace. The bar side of the restaurant is also a nice place to enjoy a drink in the large leather chairs by the fireplace. When it is busy, it can get rather noisy, so a booth might be a better option if you need to have a long conversation.
Overall, I have enjoyed countless meals at the Village Tavern. The service and quality of food is something I can also count on to be great.
Some of my favorites are:
Potato chips (I know that sounds odd, but when they come right out of the kitchen dipped in ranch, they don’t last long at our table)
Thai chicken skewers
Mediterranean salad with grilled chicken
Prime rib (truly some of the best prime rib around, let alone in Scottsdale)
St. Bart’s chocolate torte
I should also mention that my kids love the cheeseburger pizza, grilled salmon, prime rib, and burgers.
Tip: They do have call-ahead seating and reservations. If you plan on visiting, make a call before you leave.
Also, throughout the summer, they have a Friday Night Fish Fry. For $10, you get fried cod with fries and slaw. This has become very popular with the locals and sells out very fast. If you plan on having this for your dinner, plan on getting there well before 7pm.
From journal An Epicurean's Dream in Phoenix
by E. B.
November 12, 2003
We ended up at the Village Tavern in a shopping center. I was going to order the Monday night special (burger, beer and fries), but it was too late. Their specials end at 9:30pm. They have a happy hour from 9pm until midnight. Domestic beers are $2, imported beers are $3.
I ordered spring rolls. They were basically like fried egg rolls, filled with chicken, Napa cabbage, and carrots. There were three dipping sauces: sweet soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, and Thai chili sauce. The rolls were fine. Not outstanding, but okay. My friend ordered onion ribbons, which were very, very thin onion rings. A huge pile of the oily ribbons was served with a bland sauce. It was a little like ranch dressing, but more like Thousand Island dressing mixed with mayonnaise. Definitely not something I will order again. My beer, however, was outstanding. I ordered a Red Stripe, which was served with an ice-cold mug.
Service was lacking. No one seated us. We had to wander in to find a server, who then apologized and told us the restaurant was closed. She took us to the bar. Our bar waitress was definitely lacking. I did not leave her more than the necessary 15%. Since the place was a bar, the atmosphere was loud. People were watching Monday night football, so shouts of appreciation were heard often. I might return in order to try the restaurant, but I will not go to the bar again unless I was looking to drink beers while having a loud conversation with coworkers or friends. Check out their website.
From journal Two Days in the Phoenix Desert