It's hardly haute cuisine.
But I love it. My GOD but I love it. Because the food is bloody awesome.
Call me unsophisticated but I love simple food. Cheeseburgers and chips, steak and chips, fish and chips, schnitzel and chips, or chips and chips and chips, are my all time favourite dishes. I can go out to a fancypants restaurant and have a nice time, but I am at my happiest eating a giant burger somewhere with sauce dripping down my chin and cheese stuck to my nose**. Or eating a steak bernaise and using the chips as a spoon to mop up all the sauce.
I'm salivating right now.
|This is a BURGER. Even I know that.|
And the atmosphere of a restaurant is important. I have eaten at places where I am - quite literally - frightened of the food, and even more frightened of the waiters. When it takes a degree in gastronomy just to be able to understand the waiter's explanation of the dish (not to mention identify the correct utensil with which to eat it) I become intimidated. I live in fear of accidentally eating the inedible plate decoration, or drinking with a spoon when I should be sipping directly from the bowl, or ordering a dessert wine with my incomprehensible entrée.
The tavern takes me away from such concerns. I am comfortable there, getting food on my face and eating with my hands. The kids can run around in the playground, we can all share the little packets of vanilla ice cream that come after the children's meals, I can get a glass of cab sav for about a dollar, and I can sit back with the self confidence that comes from knowing that I understand every dish on the menu. Because all they offer is burgers, steak, fish and schnitzel. Oh, and chips chips chips and chips.
And really - what else could one possibly need?
*not that there's anything wrong with that.
**okay, so that's not essential to my having a good time, but it does tend to happen a lot.