5279 US Highway 158, Advance, NC 27006
336.940.2010 | DavieTavern.com
Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM • Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 10 PM • Sunday 10 AM – 3 PM
My job can be so challenging at times. I am asked to go to a new restaurant, sample the menu with some of my friends, and then write about it. Yeah, it’s a rough life, but somebody’s gotta do it! Fortunately, my job often gives me the opportunity to find hidden gems in the community and rave about them to all of you! And when I say you MUST pay a visit to Davie Tavern, I’m not kidding.
For starters, let’s talk drinks. With a fully stocked bar, Davie Tavern offers a great selection of drinks, including their signature cocktail, Sunrise Over Davie – a sweet, fruity martini that pays homage to the beautiful NC sky for which it’s named. We also sampled a tangy Margarita, a spicy Bloody Mary, and a colorful splash of tropical fun called “Caribbean in Paradise.” With a fully stocked selection of wine on hand, and a great selection of craft beers, there’s no shortage of opportunities at the bar!
Davie Tavern is anything but a pub. They are a new American Cuisine, full service restaurant with a rotating, diverse menu, and daily specials. All their menu items are scratch-made from the freshest ingredients and you can taste the difference in every single bite.
The Cajun Crab Dip with Pita Points takes the traditional crab dip up a notch, with a spicy kick of Cajun spice, along with the taste of fresh crab. The soft, warm pita bread is the perfect accompaniment to this cheesy dish!
We also sampled the Tavern Nachos, which was everything a good plate of nachos is meant to be, piled high with freshly made salsa, sour cream, and accented with cilantro and jalapeno! YUM! With the option to add chicken or beef, this can be a meal in and of itself!
The Southwest Wontons are sure to be a family favorite. The chef has stuffed these beautifully fried beauties with black beans, roasted corn, tomatoes, peppers, and a mix of cheese. Dip in sour cream and you’re in appetizer-heaven!
Next, we sampled a couple of salads. The Wedge is your traditional wedge salad with bacon, onions, tomato, and blue cheese crumbles. As one who has never met a cheese she didn’t love, the Davie Tavern version of this salad used a robust blue cheese that is creamy and flavorful. But if blue cheese isn’t your thing, you can order one with ranch dressing!
The Spinach and Strawberry Fusion salad was, in a word, divine. A bed of fresh baby spinach leaves is topped with fresh strawberries, toasted pecans, and feta cheese. This salad is served with the most heavenly homemade strawberry balsamic dressing you can imagine. Seriously, this dressing is good enough to drink with a straw.
True to form, it’s about this time during the review when waistbands are feeling a little snug. However, entrees were next. First to arrive at the table was a decadent bone-in Grilled Pork Chop. As any foodie knows, cooking meat on the bone tends to add a lot of flavor, and this pork chop was no exception. Tender, moist and flavorful, this was a comfort food favorite taken to a higher level. Our pork chop was served with creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetable Medley. Both side dishes were perfectly cooked and complemented the main dish beautifully.
I love a good steak, and when owner Allan Coats assured me that Davie Tavern’s steak would rival any steakhouse, I was excited. I also wasn’t disappointed. The Dry Aged Ribeye is a steak-lover’s dream. Topped with sautéed mushrooms and fried onions, the ribeye was cooked exactly to order, and served with Steamed Broccoli and Steamed Squash, along with a generous helping of those decadent Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Allen wasn’t kidding – this was a magnificent steak! The only word of warning: brace yourself for large portions! Davie Tavern is very generous with their dishes!
We had two more entrees to go. First, the Mardi Gras Pasta. This dish came about as a special themed dinner and was so popular, it was added to the menu because, let’s face it – when seafood meets pasta, special things happen. In true New Orleans fashion, Andouille sausage meets shrimp, blue lump crab meat, and crawfish tails. Sautéed onions, peppers, corn, tomatoes, and special creole sauce make a flavor combination worthy of Bourbon Street. This dish is served over fresh linguini and comes with a crusty, buttery French bread.
I saved my favorite for last because, honestly, I haven’t stopped raving about the Bull Burger. This 13-ounce beef patty is a blend of ground chuck, short ribs, and brisket, creating a rich, flavorful hamburger patty that takes the common hamburger to new heights. Topped with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayonnaise, this is truly my new favorite burger. Bonus – if you come in and eat two, you can proudly declare that you have conquered the bull! The Bull Burger was served with Mack’s Mac and Cheese. But lest you think this is a simple mac and cheese, let me assure you… this ain’t your grandma’s mac and cheese. Creamy. Cheesy. Ooey gooey goodness that is bursting with flavor, with the brilliant addition of bacon to the mix. Oh. My.
Honestly, when they started talking dessert, I wasn’t sure I was emotionally prepared. I was moments away from a food coma, but when you’re reviewing a restaurant that offers homemade bread pudding and cheesecake on a flavor rotation, you pull a Nike and just do it.
The Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding was rich, chocolatey, and velvety, topped with a light whipped cream. Dense and delicious, this bread pudding is designed to be shared. Unless you’re just a massive chocolate lover who refuses to share, and I promise, I wouldn’t judge you. It’s really that good.
The Honey Bun Cheesecake was sweet and rich, but light. Cheesecake can be heavy, but this one was not. Another dessert easily shared, we had one guest at our table who wasn’t going to let it go to waste.
What can I say? Davie Tavern is a short, convenient drive from Winston-Salem and well-worth the 15-minute drive. You won’t be disappointed. I’m excited to go back myself and also try their brunch menu very soon! When you call to make reservations (which are recommended), make sure you tell them that Rosey sent ya!