Back in the day, when the Coliseum hosted sports teams and superstars, the Taverne was the go-to spot for pre- and post-show drinks and vittles. New owners have revived the historic restaurant with hopes of restoring the glory days. A fresh menu of contemporary chef-driven fare, much of it prepared with local bounty from area farms, is drawing new blood to this old haunt. Snack on deviled local eggs, beer-steamed mussels, and Korean sliders before moving on to oxtail ravioli, grilled scallops, or an egg-topped burger.
Hippie or hipster, young or old, meathead or vegan, Clevelanders have been flocking to this culinary landmark since 1972, hungry for the big assortment of creative and unusual sandwiches, soups and salads. After a healthy hummus-stuffed ripe tomato or a grilled-cheese sandwich with veggies, sunflower seeds and sesame sauce, be sure to splurge on a creamy, old-fashioned malt or milkshake.