There is a new restaurant open in what is being called Boston's "Innovation District".
Tavern Road, opened Monday, February 25th, is owned by Chef Louis DiBiccari and his brother Michael DiBiccari. Recipes are inspired by family history and the local community and cooked in a large, open kitchen. Design comes from their Uncle Adio DiBiccari, an American master sculptor, who opened an art studio in 1952 on Tavern Road by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. You can also find work from local artists from Fort Point Channel-based artists Project Super Friends.
If you don't know Chef Louie check out Chef Louie Night. Also known as "Iron Chef Nights", guests of these events vote on the ingredients ahead of time. The morning of the event Chef Louie and his crew find what the secret ingredients are and scramble around to come up with anything from one dish to a multi-course menu in only a few hours time. Check out the website to learn more about these events here.
The menu is "designed to be read in the way it should be consumed" starting your meal with small plates for the table, to shared entrees, and finished with an array of desserts. The menu will rotate seasonally with a few consistent signature dishes year round.
Another fun menu feature is "Today's Animal" where each week, Tavern Road spotlights a locally-raised, whole animal. The featured animal will be served in appetizers and entrees to utilize every part they can.
Don't worry, Tavern Road has a vegetarian menu as well!
You can even get food late-night from 11:00pm - 1:00am. A special menu of bar snacks including charcuterie, oysters, panini sandwiches and the Louis burger will be available.
You know with this type of food you are going to get some amazing drinks. Beverage Director and No. 9 Park Alum Ryan McGrale is hand-crafting seasonal cocktails in small batches. Using locally-sourced spirits he is breaking the cocktail menu into 3 parts (taken straight from their fact sheet):
1. “Libations” – a gathering of classic cocktail recipes from pre and post-
prohibition era alongside house-created cocktails from the Tavern Road bar
2. “Cocktail Flights” – weekly-changing selection of three 1.5oz cocktail samples
with varying themes (martinis, daiquiris, tiki drinks, aperitifs…)
3. “Cocktails from Friends” – four times a year this section will feature cocktails
created and donated to Tavern Road's drink menu, by some of the best in the
business. Without traveling to San Fransisco or Seattle, you can have that city’s
top bartender’s creation in front of you at Tavern Road. Contributors represent
Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club NYC, Death & Co., Jasper’s and many more.
Beers are hand-picked from craft breweries and served by the bottle (there are no taps) and the wine list is spearheaded by Boston's Second Glass and with at least 50 bottles to choose from.
If you thought it couldn't get any better you are wrong. I haven't even told you about TR Street Foods yet.
TR Street Foods is just that - Chef Louis's version of street food from his travels all over the world. Fast and casual with free Wi-fi and the ability to takeout, the menu will change daily and feature salads, sandwiches, snacks, fresh juices, kebabs, calzones and more. Using locally sourced ingredients of course.
I know where I will be heading this weekend!
Tavern Road is located at 343 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 790 - 0808
Open 7 days a week:
5:00pm – 11:00pm, seven days a week
4:30pm – 2:00am, seven days a week
11:00pm – 12:00am, Sun-Wed
11:00pm – 1:00am, Thurs-Sat
Total Capacity 120
Main Dining Room 85
Bar/High Top 25
TR Street Foods 10
They take OpenTable: Boston Restaurants reservations and there is a parking lot across the street!