A Restaurant Experience
Sewanee is a college town—the University of the South—with plenty of hungry college students around looking for a change from food in the dining hall. The Village Tavern is clearly a college town eatery featuring a good selection of snacks (“Snackers” on the menu), dinner salads, burgers, “signature” sandwiches, and “Baskets.”
My wife is the “burger baroness,” and typically looks for the premium burger. True to form, she selected the “The Classic,” an 8-ounce hamburger patty described as from “local” and “fresh” beef. Burgers and sandwiches are served with kettle chips. Fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings are available for an additional charge.
I am told that the burger was prepared perfectly—done but juicy and flavorful. The tasty thick-cut kettle chips are equivalent to a serving of French fries.
I ordered Rhonda’s Beef-on-Weck signature sandwich with a side of fried onion rings. I never did find out who Rhonda is, but she created one fine version of a traditonal pulled beef sandwich. A healthy portion of slow-cooked, tender, moist beef was served on a Kaiser roll along with cooked onions, accompanied by a side of horseradish sauce. The beef had an excellent flavor. I added a touch of the horseradish sauce that perked up the flavor even more.
From the small bar in the back they serve draught Jackalope craft beers and ales with interesting names like Thunder Ann, Bearwalker, Rompo, Leghorn, and “Sewanee Fog” that changes with the seasons. This was a working tour and I passed on the beer, but will be back to try the Sewanee Fog. They also offer domestic and bottled beers for those who want a tried-and-true familiar taste.
The Village Tavern is joined, literally with its sister establishment, The Blue Chair Café, but they serve up a different fare. The Café opens daily at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. With clever names such as “The Domain Breakfast” (two eggs, choice of meat and toast or biscuit) or the “EQB” (eggs Benedict with smoked ham), the menu has something for everyone. The one item that stands out is the “Tiger Bowl,” (apparently named for Sewanee’s sports teams) is a biscuit, two eggs, hash browns, covered in sausage gravy and cheddar cheese. I’ll be back! Lunches are lite, including a variety of salads, soups and wraps.
The Village Tavern opens Monday through Friday at 4:00, and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For complete menus and hours of operation, check out their website at: www.thebluechair.com
The Blue Chair Café and Village Tavern are located at 35 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee.
Note: The Blue Chair supports Blue Monarch—a Monteagle long-term residential program for women and their children recovering from abuse and addictions—by selling Out of the Blue Granola, made by the ladies of Blue Monarch. Purchases of this product support this powerful, life-changing program!
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An “RM Restaurant Experience” during a recent walking photographic excursion through the town of Sewanee, Tennessee and the University of the South.