Thursday, July 5, 2012

Restaurant Review: The Tavern at St. Michael's Square - Greeley CO

The Tavern at St. Michael's SquareLiving and working in Greeley doesn't always mean having a lot of choices when it comes to eating out and having a drink, but one restaurant in town has the feel of an old cross the pond pub and offers a variety of beers including several craft beers, both on tap and in bottles. I'm talking about The Tavern at St. Michael's Square.

This restaurant has been open for few years yet I had yet to visit the place until today when having a business lunch with a colleague who was visiting from out of town.

The restaurant is situated in the heart of St. Michael's Square, a community of businesses in a park-like environment on the south west side of town. Just across the parking lot is a green park like area complete with a band shell and seating for outdoor concerts which happen often in the square.

The restaurant has plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. They have an outdoor patio out front for those who like to soak up the sun. They also have a second enclosed patio with tons of windows for those who like the light but a little less of the outdoor elements. Seeing that it was a hot 90+ degrees during my visit, I chose to eat in the nice air-conditioned interior in a small and comfortable two-person booth.

The wait staff was very friendly. And I was happy to able to use the free WiFi inside. Just ask your waitstaff for the password. I arrived just around 11:30am so the lunchtime rush hadn't quite yet begun and we were able to be seated immediately and get our food in no time at all.

The menu is mostly Americana, but they do offer several daily specials that are not as common. They have burgers, handmade pizzas, salads, appetizers, sandwiches and a variety of other meals up to and including a nice big juicy steak. I chose one of the specials that day, a pork tenderloin salad and a nice bottomless glass of iced tea.

While I'm primarily interested in their beer selection, I chose to wait until another time to choose a beer as I was still on business hours.

The place is quite cozy and inviting. They do play music in the background, it was moderately loud, but quiet enough to enjoy a conversation without having to talk loudly. The food arrived promptly and was very delicious. The WiFi worked very well there too. I've heard that during busy hours, the bar area can get quite noisy, but then again what bar area doesn't when it's busy.

As I was looking around I spied their taps. While they had the usual few taps reserved for standard macro beers, they did have several Colorado microbrews on tap and also had a list of 35+ beers available in bottles. While I didn't get a chance to fully explore their beer inventory, it seemed to me like a great cozy place to enjoy a beer. They have 12 taps in all. Beers that I saw on tap that day included:

New Belgium Fat Tire, New Belgium Ranger IPA, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale, Odell Brewing 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Odell St. Lupulin, Guinness Stout and a few national brands. A taste of something for just about every beer drinker's taste. I wish I had dug into the 35+ bottle beer list as well.

The Tavern at St. Michael's Square regularly hosts music on a weekly basis on Saturday evenings usually starting between 7:00pm and 8:00pm and also on other special occasions. I've heard that that place gets pretty busy during these times so getting there early is warranted.

During the non-meal hours, they have a wall set up with two professional looking dart boards for patrons to have fun on. I'd love to try those sometime.

The Tavern at St. Michael's Square
2918 67th Ave.
Greeley, CO
(970) 330-2337

The Tavern kitchenDon't expect fast food speed or prices here. The food arrived very timely when they weren't busy and the food prices were a bit on the higher side, but not over done. I really enjoyed my pork tenderloin salad. The portions were big and wasn't able to finish my entire meal, but I did leave satisfied. They served it with a side sauce that was very tasty. On my next visit, I'm definitely going to explore their beer offerings.

Bottom line, a very clean and attractive pub-like atmosphere. If you read other reviews, they typically state that this place can become very busy and slow during the prime meal hours. I suggest you come during the less busy times or get a seat early and you'll enjoy it even more. I'll definitely be back again in the near future. Cheers to The Tavern staff.

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