Between rainy Atlanta weekends and traveling, I haven’t had much time for patio dining this spring. Patio season got off to a mediocre start at Treehouse Restaurant & Pub on St. Patty’s Day, and went downhill from there after a less-than-desirable meal at Park Tavern.
Park Tavern’s patio is quite large and ideally located for people-watching in the park. Despite a welcoming “Seat Yourself” sign at the patio entrance, a large majority of the tables were “RESERVED.” This made finding a table rather difficult. We played musical tables for a few minutes until we finally found one in the sun. While I’m sure the abundance of tents and patio awnings is nice come 100-degree August weather, they shaded nearly 85% of the patio. Perhaps they should invest in a retractable roof for sunny, spring days – I hear the Dallas Cowboys have a pretty nice one.
Before taking our drink orders or even greeting us hello, our server came over to inform us that our table was, in fact, RESERVED at 3 pm. That left us approximately 47 minutes to order & dine – good thing we weren’t planning to stick around for more than one patio drink.
Park Tavern’s menu ranges from burgers to sushi. Although I normally wouldn’t order seafood (let alone raw fish) at any old “tavern”, their sushi is surprisingly tasty and fresh. On this particular occasion, I went with the Mahi Mahi salad.
The Mahi Mahi, which was supposed to be “dusted with spicy seasonings and grilled over an open flame”, came out looking like a gray piece of chicken. The texture of the fish was similar to overcooked chicken and the taste was non-existent. Beneath the fish was a bed of greens and barely a teaspoon at most of the promised smoked black bean & corn salsa.
I was pretty hungry after eating 1 bite of fish and a plate-full of lettuce, so I ordered sweet potato fries. They were better, but nothing special.
Chad had the Mahi Mahi sandwich, which was slightly better than the salad after he smothered it in lime & tartar sauce.
Really, the only part of the meal they got right was the ice-cold Sweetwater 420. Pretty hard to mess that up.
All in all, I probably won’t return to Park Tavern anytime soon, unless of course it’s raining. When it rains, it pours, and Park Tavern pours $1 drafts. I guess all those patio tents and awnings probably do come in handy on rainy days…