The 1999 Tavern has sometimes suffered from an identity crisis over the years. Originally, it was decorated with several TVs, including a large flat-screen television located over its roaring fireplace, and advertised as a sports bar in radio advertisements. The problem, however, was that it didn’t have enough TVs available to truly offer the game-watching choice available at a true sports bar. The concept also clashed with the upscale dining-room atmosphere.
The actual food options available are unique and well made with a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, pastas and entrees. While the menu is creative and varied, it is obvious pesto is well liked by the chef and can be found on pizza selections, as well as the tavern’s version of grilled cheese. The appetizer section has more selections than all of the other categories on the menu with choices that include beer-battered, fried pickles; sliders; and shrimp cocktails. The sandwiches at Tavern 1999 are very-reasonably priced for lunch and the options run the gamut from Coach’s Weiner – get your mind out of the gutter, it is a bacon-wrapped sausage sandwich – to a chicken-salad wrap.
The tuna melt is served toasted on your choice of bread with a heavy layer of cheddar cheese. It is a nice-sized sandwich and a good value. All sandwiches are served with chips, but French fries are available for an additional fee.
The Tavern also has a nice dessert menu. The bread pudding is a real treat but can get stale when ordered too long after it was originally made.