Bangor Tavern Bar & Grill
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Friday off. My schedule is about to change so I will now be off on Friday which means J and I will actually have a date night. With her schedule, it’s hard to go out during the week unless there is a lot of advance planning and with me working weekends, that’s out of the questions.
On my first Friday off in a three months, we decided to actually go out for dinner. Sure, we’ve been going out for lunch, but it’s just not the same.
I had some work to do around the house so when J got home from work, she headed to the basement to nap. I woke her up around 4:30 and we both realized we were hungry. Like the old folks we tend to act like, we left Kalamazoo for an early dinner.
For almost two years now, I’ve been wanting to take a trip to Bangor to eat at the Bangor Tavern Bar & Grill. I first heard about the place when we lived in Lansing. A fellow Lansing blogger spent a winter vacation in the area and ate, and blogged, about the place.
The Bangor Tavern is on Monroe Street in Downtown Bangor. If you head west on Main Street from Kalamazoo, you’ll go right by it.
Since we were pretty early, we were able to find street parking along Monroe Street, but there are a couple municipal lots in the area if you chose to go to during a more traditional dinner time.
There looked to be a couple entrances to the bar. We went to the one farthest to the west which brought us in to a dining room area. There are actually two rooms which I assume used to separate the smoking and non-smoking section. The section we walked in to is more of a bar setting with pub tables and a bar that is sort of an extension of the main bar which is in another room.
A waitress saw us sit down and came over with menus. We grabbed the beer menu that was on the table and ordered a Budweiser and a Bud Light. We both initially ordered a Pabst Blue Ribbon, but they didn’t have any left on tap, so we went to our backups.
The dinner menu at the Bangor Tavern is rather interesting. It’s a little bit better than you normally expect from pub food, but they still have all the deep fried favorites and comfort foods you look for in a neighborhood pub.
J was leaning towards the deep fried route. She was really interested the Combo Platter on the appetizer menu which lets choose four items off of a list of eight. I really thought she was going to do that until she noticed a sandwich that sounded too good to pass up.
Instead of the deep fried goodness, she chose the BT Ciabatta sandwich. Actually, this sandwich sounded good to me and I was considering it as well. The BT in this case is Bacon and Turkey. The sandwich is rounded off with a special sauce and cheddar jack cheese. It’s served on our favorite kind of bread, a ciabatta roll. When the plate was set down in front of her, J knew she was going to have to take half of it home. The sandwich was much bigger than she was expecting it to be and it was delicious. The bread really took this sandwich from good to great. She didn’t really say anything about the special sauce, so no idea what it actually was.
I ordered the 1/3lb Hamburger which I added cheese and bacon to for $1.50. The burger was very good. Very juicy. Very tender. It was definitley fresh meat cooked just the way I like it. Like most days when I work around the house, I forgot to eat lunch, so by the time I got my basket, I was incredibly hungry and inhaled the burger without savoring it. That was a stupid mistake on my part, but because the burger was actually really good and just what I like in a burger.
Both sandwiches came with chips and a pickle, but we upgraded to fries and coleslaw for two extra bucks. The fries are skin on, but I found them to be a little bland. I’m not a ketchup guy, so any flavor I get from fries has to be from the potato or the seasoning. I used the salt on the table to try and jazz them up a little. They were alright, but that didn’t keep me from cleaning my plate and picking the leftovers off J’s. There was nothing actually wrong with them, but a little seasoning would have been a welcome improvement .
Our bill with two beers was a little over $22. We were tempted by the dessert menu, but decided to go find ice cream someplace else.
The Bangor Tavern was worth the road trip. We were both really happy with our meals and I love the small town, neighborhood gathering place feel you get. Most everyone who was coming in greeted the waitresses by name and vice versa. It reminds me of a place back home and places like that always do well in book.