Back in my day when I was a loose drinker and a light thinker, I would frequent this place quite a bit. Me and wings have been going steady for a long time. The price to taste ratio was always good and the locality was perfect. Many wings were lost in my fight for fullness, and their sauces will ever hold a spot in my congested heart. With all that being said, with new guns comes new flavors.
Plain and simple, the Arterial Tavern kicks ass! The dailies are always different and take some freedoms with flavors you wouldn’t expect. The amount of fresh produce involved is a refreshing thing that I don’t think has graced a bar in these parts in a while.
Let’s get into it!
The Arterial Kegs
They brought tater-tots to school and taught them class. These big bois are blended chivey morsels. I feel most tots are small chopped cubes glued together by starch and frying. These guys are cheesy mashed and shaped into kegs, then bathed in the magic of a fryer. The drizzle is fo shizzle on this, no bacon bit bull either, real bacon sliced and crispy confetti the drizzled lumps of gold. I got this to share and I think everyone took one and by the time they wanted another, the rest were hoovered by me.
The Mahi-Mahi Tacos
This was a great blend of flavors. With tacos, I fear the main message of meat may be lost, but not here. The fresh fish flavor base with light mango salsa and wasabi vinaigrette is quite the combo. Did I mention feta? Yeah, that’s at the party as well. I cashed these pretty quickly as well. The acid of the vinaigrette, the heat of wasabi, the savory fish showed knowledge of cooking beyond one’s expectations. I am sitting in a sports bar and I am receiving a meal worthy of royalty.
I have been watching the great things they are pumping out on Facebook and the only sadness I have is not being able to catch them all. I am confident this place will change and grow even more and I am excited to eat a part of it.
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