4 Corners Tavern - Davenport - 4.5 Stars
Blame the South, if you will, but growing up surrounded by BBQ joints that always smoked, roasted, marinated, and/or rubbed their own meats gave me a soft spot for those that still practice this gastronomical artform.
Upon hearing that 4 Corners Tavern in Champions Gate did just that, I decided to give them a go and see if the rumors were true. After drinking in the smells that assaulted my nose upon entering, I looked around and noticed I wasn't exactly in a Tavern, per se. I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "Tavern." I am thinking a long wooden bar with an etched mirror behind the mixologist, various potable glasses hanging above, tables for sitting behind the bar patrons and a barkeep with a handlebar mustache.
What I saw was more of an upscale diner than what I would define as a traditional tavern. After being seated and given a chance to read over the menu my server, Dee, approached and asked me if I was ready to order. Dee was the epitome of a professional server, a real joy to interact with and was on point the whole meal. I gave him my order of a glass of freshly brewed Iced Tea, Pork Belly Macaroni and Cheese, and a Brisket French Dip which included a side of steamed fresh broccoli along with a small bowl of homemade coleslaw. I also requested a draft beer to accompany my sandwich.
The Pork Belly Mac and Cheese was as amazing as it sounds. The macaroni was cooked to a perfect al dente, the cheese sauce was obviously made fresh and as I had heard, the chef does prepare all his own meats, however, it was just a tad on the bland side (maybe I just needed to add more salt, blame my Doctor, I do). The Coups De Grace here, if you will, was the Brisket French Dip. The meat was succulent and oh so tender while the sauce was bursting with the flavor complexity that only a homemade stock brings to a meal. It was delightful, delicious and wonderful to consume. The broccoli was fresh and steamed to the perfect tenderness, the coleslaw, however, was a tad of a letdown. I expect better than good slaw in a Southern place that prepares their own meat and I only got good slaw, again, good, but not great.
Big Boy says, "for a genuine treat of home-smoked meats and freshly brewed ice tea, you can't go wrong with a visit to Four Corners Tavern in Champions Gate."