Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Tavern (West Des Moines)

We went to one of the three Tavern restaurants in town. I expected better things. We had some of the usual stuff. 

Fried Ravioli
A little too crunchy for me, less so for Lizzie. The flavor made me think they had been cooked in the same oil as fish. Not bad by any means, just not particularly good. The filling was bland, the theme  of the evening it seems.

I had a 1/2 sausage 1/2 pepperoni pizza, to keep the test fair. I was uncertain about the crust, it was heading towards being good but something about it made me think of easy bake oven pizza. I asked the waitress (who was very good at her job I must say) and the awful truth was verified. The Tavern does not make real pizza. The crust became chewy after awhile. The sausage was bland, but ok, just ok. The pepperoni was ... well ... I felt that that half of the pizza was just cheese. I took a piece out to taste just the pepperoni, it was almost tasteless. Easily the worst pepperoni so far. The sauce was unexceptional, almost no tang to it at all.

Lizzie had The Works (no onion). It kind of fell apart. Because of the inferior way the pizza is made, the ingredients pulled away from the crust all too easy. This was the better of the two pizzas, fresh green peppers and mushrooms and the pepperoni is fine being bland with other things to taste but still, mediocre.

The pizza wasn't bad really, it just wasn't any good. This was a waste of our time and money. I think it was Lizzie who said that it was upscale chain pizza. I wouldn't go that far.

Eric's Rating
Rightness Scale - 0
Tastiness Scale - 6

Lizzie's Rating
Rightness - 4
Tastiness - 7

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