The Pineville Tavern resides in a very historic building built in 1742, which was originally a feed mill, then a general store and eventually a hotel. In 1969 it was purchased and made into more of an eatery and then in 1989 was purchased by the present owners and expanded into what it is today. The Pineville Tavern was featured last year on Guy Fieri’s TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” where he visits “greasy spoon” restaurants and local hot spots. In this case, we know he considered it a local hotspot, rather than a greasy spoon. It is definitely not a greasy spoon.
The outside of The Pineville Tavern is very inviting. They have an entrance to the bar area up front, where you can get good casual food and drinks. There is a separate take out food section with its own entrance. Their take-out menu is extensive including, beer, soups and most of the menu that the Tavern serves. In the back you can enter the dining room, where we saw that they must have a great outdoor dining area during the warm weather. They also have free valet parking. If you don’t want to use the valet parking there is a huge parking lot in the back.
We decided to eat in the rear dining room today. As we passed people exiting the restaurant, we quickly took a poll and they all had enjoyed their food, so we knew we were in for a treat. When you walk in you see a small bar area to the left and then the dining room ahead of you. The dining room is quaint with some historic charm and some modern accents thrown in.
We all sat right near the fireplace, which we don’t believe that they use anymore, but it definitely is reminiscent of olden times. Our server was Chelsea. She was friendly, knowledgeable and full of friendly hospitality. She definitely helped to make my brother’s birthday lunch enjoyable and full of fun. Chelsea was really great with her suggestions and served us with a smile. We arrived at the Tavern between the lunch period and dinner but we all had huge dinner appetites, so we asked for the dinner menu. Their menu has a large range of foods from appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pizzas and burgers to dinner entrees, with a good selection of steaks. This is why we mention that the prices are from moderate to expensive, depending on what you order. Drinks will also tack on some additional expense for sure.
Chelsea advised us of the items that we would not be able to order at the time we arrived, being that dinner would not start until 5pm. There are a few items that we will definitely want to try next time, during regular dinner hours, including the Prime Rib, the Veal Chop and the “Lugar Style” steak for two, which we were dying to try. Oh well…until next time!
Well, we were all so hungry but we just couldn’t make up our minds and Chelsea was really patient. We did manage to order the famous Garlic Bread to start with which was fantastic. It was full of fresh garlic and butter with some fresh parsley sprinkled on top.
We all ordered soups as an appetizer. Ren, Ria (Mom), Alfie and Mellie ordered the Onion Soup. They all loved it and I even got to try some of Ren’s and some of Mom’s gooey cheese. Yummy! The onion soup was also not overly salty which was a definite a big plus for us. We have had many TOO salty onion soups in our lives. To be adventurous, I decided on the Snapper Soup which was featured on Guy Fieri’s TV show. It was definitely a unique experience and I am glad I can now say that I have had Snapper Soup. I might just need to develop a taste for it.
For dinner, Ria and Alfie order the Baby Back Ribs with the BBQ sauce on the side. Ria ordered them with mashed potatoes and onion rings. Alfie ordered them with the mashed potatoes and cole slaw. Mellie ordered Chicken Fingers with Cheese Fries. Ren ordered the 8 oz Filet Mignon with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. I ordered the PVT Steak and Cake, which was a 5 oz Filet Mignon with a small crab cake with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach.
Ria and Alfie really enjoyed their ribs and mashed. Ren and I both really enjoyed Mom’s onion rings. They were awesome! Ren and I actually got to taste everything. The ribs were tender and full of flavor. The filet mignons were very good, but could have been cooked more rare. We do love our meat rare for sure! The crab cake was also good, as well as the chicken fingers. One thing I must mention is that their honey mustard sauce, which came with the chicken fingers, was totally delicious! I wonder if they make a face cream made with their honey mustard sauce. LOL! We all really enjoyed the mashed potatoes which were moist and fluffy.
Chelsea and the chef also presented us with a full order of the home made Cheese Ravioli which Guy had on his show during his visit at PVT. It was really terrific and light. The sauce was really delicate. Thank you!
For dessert, Ria and Alfie ordered the famous PVT Rice Pudding. We all sang Happy Birthday to Alfie (including Chelsea and a few other patrons) when their rice pudding arrived. It was a really a festive experience for all. Ria and Alfie both really gobbled up their entire serving of Rice Pudding. We wouldn’t have turned down a little taste of it, but….LOL. I don’t think they even looked up as they were eating it. Alfie mentioned later that night that he really loved the rice pudding as well as his ribs.
We all had a really awesome time at PVT. The service by Chelsea was terrific, the food was great and the atmosphere was awesome as well. We will definitely dine at PVT at dinner time next time, so we can try the Veal Chop and Prime Rib. The “Lugar Style” Steak for Two, is number one on our list to try, as Chelsea recommended it very highly to us. I don’t know how we will finish all that food, but what the heck!
Today’s experience definitely fits our tag line…Good Food, Good People, Good Times! We look forward to dining at PVT again real soon. One last item that I MUST comment on – the rest rooms. They were immaculate! Now, that REALLY made us feel like we were right at home for sure! Great job, PVT