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Mayfair Taproom 2032 E 10th Street.

For many years this section of 10th street was home to several bars. Small one room bars of varying sophistication and reputation. One of the oldest was the Mayfair Tavern. It was characterized by the upside down sign. It had a very interesting history. This article from NUVO does a good job articulating that history and explaining the origins of the New Mayfair Taproom.

I would add charming to that description. I know the word charming and tavern don’t always go together but those lace curtains in the window just seem so damn charming. The building is old and the restoration/remodel was extensive and very well done.

The menu is quite small but it suits the space. To some degree it follows the BRBP in that it has a few Vegan options. I was intrigued by the Shepherds Pie. In was unique in two ways, The mashed potatoes were on the bottom and on top was arugula and HP sauce.

I must admit that my first impression when presented with my lunch was that it was the wrong dish. I had expected a few stems as garnish but I got a whole salad. I enjoyed my pie very much I just am not sure what the arugula brought to it. The potatoes were delicious and the seasoned ground lamb was on point as well. I like arugula. It is in the same family as mustard greens and its slight peppery flavor is always welcome to me. That taste did indeed bring another layer to the dish as did the HP sauce. I also enjoyed the crispness of the raw green. I have to go back and eat it again. I just can’t decide if the greens are best suited on top or as a side minimally dressed. Of course it is not my call and I am over analyzing. That is what I do. I just can’t help it. This is a great new place and I think the old owners of Mayfair Tavern would approve. They do not have a website but you can view their menu on their Facebook.


5 responses

  1. As a person who just ate and arugula salad, I have to say that is the oddest looking shepherd’s pie I’ve ever seen. You like to see the crusty top of the pie and not greens. I guess they are changing it up. I always get frustrated when restaurants don’t have a website. A website can be up and running in a matter of days. But it’s nice that they renovated the building.

    January 25, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    • You are so right. A proper Shepard’s Pie should be a bed of meat and veggies topped with a nice layer of taters. And as far as a website goes you are right again. There is no reason to not have a website. Back when I had my joints I had to rely on mailers and word of mouth. It is so easy to build a website now. Their version of the pie is interesting. The meat and taters are excellent. The other stuff I don’t know.

      January 25, 2019 at 5:03 pm

  2. I would not like that dish if I ordered a shepherd’s pie. I’d be picking off the greens and turning it over. Maybe it tastes great, but that’s not how I want it. I could do without the sauce as well. Put my salad on the side.
    I like the fullness of their wrap — that looks good!
    It does look charming as all get out.

    January 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    • I know what you mean about the pie. I still find it difficult to accept the fact I can’t control every kitchen I eat in. I really think the greens lightly dressed on the side would be an improvement.

      January 27, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      • *nods*

        January 27, 2019 at 6:53 pm

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