When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Evie Carpenter The Tavern's lamb burger
Restaurant: Tarbell's The Tavern
Evie Carpenter Inside The Tavern
Location: 3213 E. Camelback Road
Open: Over two weeks
Eats: Upscale European/American
Price: $20 to $25+ per person
To call Mark Tarbell's The Tavern a wine bar is not only insufficient, it's just plain wrong.
True, the restaurant is attached to the chef's The Wine Store (formerly Sportsman's Fine Wines) and offers an extensive wine list. But it's clear as soon as you crack open the menu that The Tavern is as much a place for a casual but satisfying dinner as it is a place to sip on Chardonnay.More »