Liberty Tavern

Written by on February 10, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: An establishment in the heart of Clarendon village, amidst a block of establishments all owned by the same people is hard to miss. The Liberty Tavern is no exception. My husband and I made the assumption, on all of our walks past this joint that it was just like most other Arlington restaurants: lacking creativity and afraid to take risks with cuisine. It wasn’t until I read about Liberty Tavern in the Arlington Magazine’s Best Of issue that we decided to give it whirl.

Best of Arlington

Type of cuisine: The Liberty Tavern features modern American cuisine in its upstairs dining room and downstairs bar, along with a diverse wine list, creative specialty cocktails and a great selection of premium draft and bottled beer.”

Ambiance: Located in a historic building in the heart of Clarendon…Our comfortable ambiance is enhanced by warm, hospitable service, and whether you’re joining us for a round of drinks in the bar, a casual midweek supper with your children, or a special evening with friends and family, you’re sure to feel at home.

OUR NAME It’s really not easy to choose a name for a restaurant. When we were about to get desperate, “The Liberty Tavern” was proposed, and we knew we had the right fit. The name is, in part, a tribute to Dominick Calabro, Stephen and Mark Fedorchak’s beloved maternal grandfather, who owned and operated The Liberty Hotel and Bar in Northeastern Pennsylvania for nearly fifty years. Additionally, we feel the name “The Liberty Tavern” has a warm, timeless ring to it that reflects our aspirations of becoming a longstanding Clarendon destination.

What I ordered: Chris and I arrived 30 minutes prior to the third in our party joining us. We had called ahead to find that there was a 30 minute wait to be seated. Upon arrival, however, we were disappointed to hear that the hostess was “telling people it will be 90 minutes”. We left our phone number, stepped outside to call our friend, and not ten minutes later were called by the restaurant to find that they “had a sudden cancellation” and our table was ready. Seven minutes instead of 90. We decided to go ahead and give it a shot.

My First Plate

My husband was immediately intrigued by the stainless steel french press ($7), holding four cups of coffee, and placed an order for our table. After perusing the menu, we both decided to participate in the Brunch Buffet ($20.95 each), and were joined by our dining companion in time for all three of us to dig in. We ate everything from eggs scrambled with cream to country-style eggs, a bleu cheese, pear & prosciutto breakfast pizza, North Country applewood smoked bacon and breakfast sausage links to baked spiral ham, home fries with mixed peppers and country ham with red eye gravy and homemade biscuits, miniature yogurt & granola parfaits with a marionberry fruit compote, French toast, butternut squash & goat cheese quiche, house-smoked salmon with creme fraiche, Baked Mountain trout Almondine, marinated hangar steak, braised pork curry, fried chicken and a bacon-kale soup of the day. As if that weren’t enough, we had our choice of several salads, including a spinach & red onion salad with goat cheese & toasted pine nuts in a red wine vinaigrette, a spinach, bacon & bleu cheese salad, traditional potato salad as well as mulled apple cider, a mixed bean cassoulet, chilled muscles in EVOO and lemon, cheesy stone ground grits and roasted carrots in orange butter.  For dessert – yes, our buffet included a plethora of desserts – citrus poppyseed pound cake, chocolate pudding, blueberry buckle, double chocolate cupcakes, chocolate orange tarts, chocolate brownie bites, Noso pop tarts and white chocolate chip chocolate cookies.

Chris's First Plate

What I loved: From the dessert table: chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips. Of the main dishes, Seraj most enjoyed the homefries, Chris loved the scrambled eggs, and I really (surprisingly) enjoyed the French toast. (I would have preferred real maple syrup, rather than maple-flavored corn syrup, but the thick-cut French toast was quite tasty on this Sunday afternoon.) 

Chocolate Dessert

Why I loved it: A ninety minute wait would have been too long to truly get a sense of enjoyment out of Liberty Tavern. I did love the cornucopia of options available to us – for breakfast, brunch and lunch at the buffet. I loved that the venue was bustling enough that the food was consistently fresh, being rotated every 10-20 minutes. It was perfect, too, sitting directly across from the buffet, as we could keep an eye out for the freshest options, and jump up when they were replenished. My favorite part: not feeling rushed! We sat for 90 minutes, and thoroughly got our money’s worth as well as satisfied our hungry tummies.

Dessert Spread

Cost: Average to high ($20.95 per brunch buffet)

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