Tavern at the Inn (Inside Findlay Inn & Conference Center)

. December 1, 2014.
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200 E. Main Cross St., Findlay

419-422-5682

Monday – Thursday 11am to 11pm, (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Friday: 11am to 12am, (kitchen closes at 10pm)Saturday: 4pm to 12am, (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Sunday: Closed

www.findlayinn.com, also on Facebook under Tavern at the Inn. Carryout and catering available. 

THE SHORT COURSE

Kid-friendly Yes

To avoid wait Noon is busiest during lunch, so try to come around 11am or 1pm if you are short on time, or make a reservation. Reservations are highly recommended for Friday and Saturday dinner.

Noise level Quiet, just right with relaxing music.

Bathroom amenities Outstanding. Clean, spacious, changing table, nice sitting area.

High Chairs Yes

Got Milk White and chocolate

Kid’s menu? Yes, nice variety

Food allergy concerns? Let your server know and the proper precautions can be made. Always happy to accommodate.

 

My 6 year old raved about her dinner throughout our recent meal at Tavern at the Inn and then declared, “If I could pick a place for my whole class to come and eat lunch, it would be here.” Funny that I was sitting there thinking just about the same thing.

It’s all rave reviews from my family for the Tavern at the Inn, the restaurant inside The Findlay Inn & Conference Center. My 9-year-old son, a chicken nugget and chicken tender connoisseur, ranked the Tavern’s at the top of his list. 

Loved all around

Me? I have to admit I loved everything about the Tavern at the Inn. I loved that I couldn’t choose what to order because so many things looked good. I loved that the wait staff was so friendly. I loved the cozy, elegant atmosphere, the glass-enshrined candle on our table, and the jazzy music playing. And, once I finally made my dinner selection of the special Thai Coconut Peanut Sauce Tilapia, I loved that too.

The Tavern at the Inn boasts a wide assortment of appetizers, dinner pastas and sandwiches, entrees, sides, desserts and drinks. Their fully-stocked bar serves bottled, but not draft beer, and patrons can look for an ever-evolving wine list. New lunch and dinner specials are offered each week starting on Tuesdays, and there is a prime rib special for $16.95 every Friday and Saturday.

We did not try an appetizer during our visit, but of the 15 available, a few that caught my eye were Beer Cheese and Pretzel Bites, Tuscan Stuffed Sausage Portabella and Won Ton Shrimp. Pastas, such as Shrimp Milanese and Chicken and Broccoli Farfalle adorn the menu, and pork chops, various steaks, salmon, perch, tuna and chicken dishes are also available.

In my opinion, the “Dinner Sandwich Board,” as it’s called on the menu, is a steal. My husband ordered the Prime Rib Hoagie Dip, described as “thin-sliced Prime Rib with caramelized onion, au jus and melted provolone cheese. He chose fries as his side, and when it all arrived, it was more like a sub, came with a pickle, and the helping of fries was generous. Prices on the sandwich board range from $6.99 to $8.99. My husband also remarked that the onions added not only a nice taste, but a nice texture to the sandwich.

Kids menu is a hit

The kids menu includes a grilled cheese sandwich, chicken tenders, spaghetti with marinara sauce, or a turkey wrap. All are served with a beverage and your choice of baby carrots, applesauce, fries or freshly-made potato chips.

My daughter loved the spaghetti, especially since she got to have two little cups of grated Parmesan cheese to top it. The dish came with bread and she ordered fries as well. In addition to wishing her class was there enjoying the Tavern, she declared the fries were “awesome,” as she dipped them in the, “world’s best ketchup.” She also insisted that I try the delicious spaghetti. (It was very good, and she said maybe I could order that for myself next time.)

As I mentioned before, my son enjoyed his chicken tenders and his entire meal. We ordered him a salad, and he ate every last bite (except the tomatoes). He devoured all of his fries and chicken tenders and ate half of his sister’s fries.

My meal was wonderful. I had never tasted anything quite like the tilapia dish. The sauce was creamy and buttery yet sweet with a hint of peanut flavor. With a squeeze of lemon, it was a delight. My salad was very fresh, and I chose a side of mashed potatoes with brown gravy. The presentation of the food was yet another reason my meal left me content and pleased.

The word is the Tavern is always decorated beautifully for Christmas, and our waitress, Kristen, said this year will be no exception. I look forward to experiencing that extra touch and cozying up in the Tavern’s relaxing atmosphere again soon. I couldn’t have enjoyed our meal more.