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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Maribelle's Tavern in the East End

So over the holidays, I had the opportunity to go with my parents to a new restaurant called Maribelle's Tavern on Eastern Avenue in the East End. It is in the old Du Drop Inn. For a new restaurant, I was impressed at how great of a job they did.

There's a very relaxed vibe inside. On the ground floor there's a bar, where you can get food. The dining room is upstairs, along with the kitchen. We were there early enough that it wasn't crowded when we walked in, but as we left the room was starting to fill up. One of the tables was filled with three generations of one family, with the youngest being 1 to 5 years old.

I wish that I had been to the Du Drop Inn. I know from driving by this spot that they did a lot of work to update it. My friends and I used to joke about the Du Drop Inn as the diviest of dive bars, but Maribelle's gives no indication of that.

(I always found this interesting. Anytime you see a bar with the name dew or du in it, it's probably referring to moonshine. And the bar probably caters to an Appalachian population. Eastern Avenue's changed a lot over the last dozen years, but there was a time when it was mostly Appalachians. Mountain Dew was one nickname for moonshine, and the soft drink was originally marketed as a hillbilly drink.)

Anyway, on to the food. I ordered a Caesar salad that was good, if unimpressive. My mom ordered a a tomato basil soup, a special on the day we were there, and it was very good. Smooth and creamy, but with a very fresh and lively taste. For my main course I had a tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwich, which was amazing. Really fresh mozzarella, crisp tomatoes, and a yummy focaccia bread. And the tavern fries are some of the best steak fries I've had in a while. Not too dry, with a delicious outer skin.

I recommend going to Maribelle's Tavern. Unfortunately, they don't have a website, or I'd link to it.

And if you've been to the old Du Drop Inn, I'd love to hear about it.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We went the other weekend with our 1 year old daughter (at 5pm) and they indicated they are not kid friendly. I was shocked. It was empty, no one without kids eats that early, they have no hi-chairs and basically said we are an "adult" hangout. Oh well, there goes my business.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i recently went to maribelles with my two children. I don't agree, they were warm and welcoming of my children. They had plenty of food choices for my young ones.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is indeed a charming little spot overlooking the river and would be a great place to drink and dine. However what looked to be an enjoyable afternoon dining outside was overshadowed by poor, unattentive service, and borderline rotten food. I was the only table outside, yet I was not asked if I needed a refill of my iced tea until after the check was dropped off. The sweet potatoes in my salad smelled and tasted rotten, completely ruining the rest of my meal. The macaroni was bland and tasteless. The chicken sandwich was nothing more than overdone, thin chicken slathered in bbq sauce. Upon telling our server that we were disappointed she made no suggestion or effort to try and remedy the situation; offering to send it back, re-make the dishes etc. Instead we were referred to as 'hon' and 'sweetie' ad nausium when we were clearly not happy. If this were a normal tavern, I would not expect so much. However their prices($30 for salad sandwich and tea) and quaint decor definatly suggest that higher quality could be expected. Very disappointed, unfortunately will not be returning or reccomending what could be a great little spot.

2:52 PM  
Blogger hogalot said...

I just had dinner at Mariebell's for the fourth time. We take friends and they always love it.
Each time the food has been excellent. The prices are reasonable. The warm fudge brownie was to die for!
The wait staff are excellent from the host to the drink and food servers. Three of the four times we had Charla as our waitress and she is the best!!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just came back from dinner at Maribelle's, a restaurant we haven't been to in a while because our prior experiences have been only so-so, but we thought we would give it another try. It wasn't worth the $75 bill. We started with the queso and chips which was good except there weren’t enough chips to finish the queso and it took 10 minutes of staring around the dining room to get someone’s attention to bring us more. By the time they showed up, the cheese was hard. It took 40 minutes to get our entrees and we had very little interaction with the staff in the meantime. When our food arrived, my pork tenderloin was raw, (not even pink), and certainly not edible (especially as I am pregnant). The parmesan asparagus was pretty good if you could find the asparagus under the parmesan. This is our third experience at Maribelle’s and we have found the service to be consistently slow and the food inconsistent. We will not be back.

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