Chef-partners Josh Lawler and Todd Fuller keep South Jersey’s recent indie-restaurant surge rolling with a multifaceted tavern-market that presents the local food ethos of Lawler’s upscale Farm and Fisherman in a larger, more casual setting. The broad menu ranges from great burgers and “bar pies” to high-end seafood, but is still refining both consistency and the right balance of quality ingredients and scratch cooking with accessible prices. Friendly service, a craft beer-stocked bar, and a worthy prepared-foods market gives this Andreotti’s successor a solid chance to become a local standby.
Local craft beers on draft (Kane, Neshaminy, Cape May) and 70-plus bottles make beer king of the Tavern. There is a small, eclectic list of wines at reasonable prices, though wines by the glass were forgettable. Stick with a good bottle (Ridge; Pabiot; Ratzenberger; Stolpman; Orin Swift) to accompany some of the more ambitious entrees.
A reasonable 84 decibels, aided by comfy well-spaced seating, makes conversation possible. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Lunch Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.; Sunday, until 9 p.m. Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.