August 19th, 2011 by Debra Laizure – Comments (8)
Located on main street in downtown Broken Arrow, Main Street Tavern sits on a busy corner inviting patrons in for a relaxing break. The restaurant/bar is a new fixture to the area, but feels like it has been there for decades. The owners, Jason and Kat Scarpa planned it that way. They renovated the 1904 former drug store with all the latest technology, big screen TV’s, and kitchen equipment. However, they were careful to maintain the essence of its former glory days by installing a rich, dark brown tin ceiling, industrial light fixtures and duct work, custom bar, and restoring the statuesque windows and concrete floor.
The menu is upscale American pub food. There are the usual suspects, such as burgers and fries, meatloaf, mac and cheese, steak, fish and chips, sandwiches and soups. But the executive chef, Trevor Tack, explains that sometimes the best thing you can do for food is to do less to it.
Take the meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. The meatloaf tastes like a smoky, grilled sirloin steak. It’s dense but not heavy, incredibly flavorful but not greasy. It has a crispy, almost caramel edge around it and a beautiful tomato glaze. The potatoes are packed with garlic (the way I like it) and has little chunks in it. There is nothing worse than getting overworked, gummy mashed potatoes. It’s topped with a fresh mushroom brown sauce and a side of perfectly cooked zucchini and yellow squash. My dining companion made this comment, “This will make you throw rocks at your grandma’s meatloaf.” Gee, I hope not, but he is right…it’s that good.
The avocado burger with sweet potato fries was also very good. It was a large burger, obviously made with quality meat. It was juicy without being greasy and had lettuce, tomato, bacon, and a load of guacamole. The guacamole had a kick of heat to it, but the fresh lime juice helped kick the heat down a notch. The bun was chewy and really fresh. I admit I’m not much of a bun person and typically pull off everything inside and eat my burgers with a fork (sorry guys). But I actually ate this bun. I chose the sweet potato fries over the traditional and I am so glad I did. I hesitated because it seems sweet potato fries are either too wobbly and undercooked, or black from overcooking. These were right in the middle and delicious.
Special note: Main Street Tavern is getting quite a reputation for it’s mac and cheese, and fish and chips. We overheard a lady at the table next to us say she couldn’t see how they could charge $10 for a serving of mac and cheese. She ordered it anyway out of curiosity. Later, not only did we hear loud yummy-noises coming her table, we again overheard her say that not only would she pay $10 for the mac and cheese, she would pay $20! Guess what I am having next time?
Drinks and Music
Of course, this is a tavern and has a huge selection of beer, wine, and spirits. They have over 65 beers and seem to be adding more, including local craft beers such as Marshall’s and COOP. They have a popular “Tuesday Pint Night” and 11am-7pm daily happy hour drink specials so check their Facebook page @ Main Street Tavern BA for the latest announcements. The bar is huge and has plenty of seating to enjoy the sport of your choice on one of their six big screen TV’s. As far as music, I was there on a Tuesday evening and enjoyed a very talented jazz band playing up front. They also have a list of scheduled bands on each dining table to promote their Live Music Saturdays.
Our server, Samantha, was sweet and very attentive, so our dining experience was simply wonderful. You’ll want to give this one a try…
Main Street Tavern
200 South Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Open 7 days a week, 11:00am – 2:00am