That sign on Henderson above the old Neighborhood Services Tavern space.
Just says “eat.”
Well, now we know why.
It wants you to eat.
Also, it’s the landmark for Nick Badovinus’s new restaurant/bar.
Presenting Tried and True, a rustic home for clever comfort food, neat bourbon and bar games, opening tonight.
This is the kind of place where Bruce Springsteen would’ve recorded “Glory Days.” The kind of place with worn wood furnishings, walls adorned with deer heads, a record player behind the bar and a motorcycle casually hung over a shuffleboard table. Yes, the servers wear plaid. And yes, there’s a framed Betsy Ross flag on the wall.
Okay, so you’re intrigued (or thirsty). That’s why you’ll come here and claim a bar seat on your right. Order a glass of bourbon (they’ve got tons, but the Rock Hill Farms should do) with a beer back (perhaps a nice Peticolas). Then dive into a basket of pork rinds and breathe in the pure glory of Americana. Also worth breathing in: the beer can chicken tacos and the whiskey pâté with pepper-bacon relish. Or, you know, just eat those.
And since you’re the bar-sporting type, you’ll be glad to know that between-drink pursuits here include billiards, shuffleboard and darts.
Yes, darts is a sport.