It's so nice when some locally owned place ventures into the suburbs, not assuming that those of us who live here only want to eat at Applebee's. Even better when it turns out to be a really good place to eat.
Tavern 4 and 5, which is not a particularly inspired name (it's at the intersection of highways 4 and 5), recently opened in Eden Prairie, and I say, huzzah.
They make a more-than-decent Cuban sandwich. With yummy fries.
Or a pineapple-upside-down cake, which was a special offering one day. Tasty.
But what I really like here is breakfast.
Corned beef hash. Oh, my, as George Takei would say. This was just excellent. The brisket is roasted onsite, and it's flavorful and tender. There's a good amount of potato and onion in there too. My eggs were perfectly cooked over easy. I could eat this again, and again, and again.
But the other thing I really have appreciated in my visits there is the service. This has to be one of the friendliest staffs I've encountered anywhere recently. My first stop there, I was on my own, and braced myself for what has become an all-too-common experience. Imagine my surprise--and pleasure--when I was greeted with enthusiasm and was even offered a newspaper to entertain me while I waited for my food. In fact, I was treated as well as any other party around me, even much larger ones. That, my friends, is a wondrous thing, and a reason to return.
Well, that, and the hash.