Lunch Time | Windward Tavern

I had the chance to visit Windward Tavern for the first time recently and I was so happy.  Formerly called Craigs, Windward Tavern is just down the road from Windward Beach on Princeton Avenue in Brick, New Jersey.  It is safe to say we were pleasantly surprised with everything we ordered.  The food was delicious, here's how our visit went!

I first have to start out by saying that on the menu, certain things are marked with B.A.M.  It is absolutely adorable, and was the first thing that stood out to me making this such a family, 'everyone knows one another' type of place.  As you can read on the menu, 'B.A.M.' is the initials of the children from the family and anything on the menu marked with that stamp of approval, means it's loved by the kids.  How great is that?  Kid tested, kid approved.  

Ally got a red wine and I was in the mood for champagne.  When it got to the table I was pleasantly surprised to see there was a raspberry at the bottom.  When I got to the bottom of the glass I was surprised to see it was a cherry.  Not a deal breaker, but it was weird to me.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed the champagne and we did yet another toast to wedding planning and the wedding itself.  Everything is feeling more and more real as the time goes by and it's scary but so exciting!

The tables were lined with adorable blue checked gingham printed tablecloths, but over them was this paper with custom stamps.  I just love these adorable touches.  I kind of felt like I was in the lower cabin of a ship.  That's the kind of bar/grill it was.

As you can tell, we took the time while we waited for our food to play some hangman and write other messages.  We clearly loved every second.  Can I also mention though, kids will obviously love this.

The second thing that came to the table? Bread and butter, but not just normal butter: HONEY BUTTER.  Can we get a moment of silence for how amazing it was?  The sweet and salty combined taste was so refreshing but enjoyable.  There was an assortment of breadsticks and bread in the basket that was very plain, but perfect for the pairing with that deliciously sweet butter.

Next our appetizers came to the table.  We ordered the Filet Mignon Bites with a Bleu Cheese Sauce and Fried Zucchini with a Horseradish Sauce.  Both were honestly delicious.  The Filet Mignon Bites were served on lettuce and were seasoned to perfection with just enough spice.  The Bleu Cheese dressing was good, a nice and cool contrast for dipping that I really enjoyed for both the Filet Mignon Bites and the Zucchini.  

The Fried Zucchini was good, a very simple, easy to eat appetizer.  The portion size was huge and we ended up not eating the entire thing.  The Horseradish Sauce was not as spicy as I was expecting, but still good nonetheless.  We enjoyed both appetizers.

We ended up getting salads that were pretty basic just because that's what we were in the mood for.  The one salad was an elevated spinach salad with fried goat cheese, cranberries, tomatoes, onions and spinach. The flavors mixed well and the balsamic dressing came on the side.  You can dip, or mix the dressing in.  It was a nice compliment to the dish.

I ended up having a plain Caesar Salad and it was so good.  It just felt like it hit the spot.  I know it's very basic, but this salad had the perfect cheese, to dressing, to lettuce, to crouton, to chicken ratio.  Does that make sense?  Do you know what I mean?  I hate getting a salad with way too much dressing/not enough, or weird shavings of parmesan cheese on it.  Caesar is not meant to be fancy!

Have you tried the Windward Tavern?  If you live in the area, I would DEFINITELY recommend giving it a shot!  Tweet me your menu choices.  Thanks for reading as always!

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