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Evening Fare

City Tavern’s primary mission is to interpret and deliver the culinary experience

inspired by the customs and foods of 18th century Colonial America.

Should you have any culinary requests, please do not hesitate to ask any member of our staff.

 

City Tavern bakes a variety of breads and pastries daily that may include such unique offerings as Sally Lunn, Anadama loaves or sweet potato & pecan biscuits - Thomas Jefferson’s favorite! Our baked goods are available for purchase.

In order to help us maintain a historic ambience, please refrain from the use of cellular phones. No smoking please. Thank you.

 

Walter & Gloria Staib, Restaurateurs

 

First Courses

Crab Cakes “Chesapeake Style”

Herbed remoulade........................................................12.95

Mallard Duck Sausage

Broiled duck & pork sausage, sweet & sour cabbage .................................10.25

Cornmeal Fried Oysters

Herbed remoulade.........................................................10.25

Shrimp Cocktail†

Jumbo shrimp, cocktail sauce ..................................11.95

Smoked Salmon & Trout

Peppered smoked salmon, smoked Pennsylvania brook trout, capers, red onions & pumpernickel........................11.95

Basil Shrimp†

Jumbo shrimp, apple-smoked bacon, fresh basil, horseradish barbeque sauce...................12.95

Black Forest Ham & Asparagus

Imported Black Forest ham, poached asparagus, cornichons & pumpernickel ..............................13.95

Mushroom Toast

Sauteed Pennsylvania mushrooms, Sally Lunn crouton, sauce Béarnaise………..8.95

Soups

West Indies Pepperpot†

A spicy colonial classic. Beef, taro root, habanero, allspice & greens ...........................................7.95

Corn Chowder

New England style, corn, potatoes & cream......................6.95

Tavern Soup du Jour

Our Chef’s daily specialty ...........................................6.50

Salads

Country Salad†

Julienned carrots, cucumber, field greens, raspberry shrub & extra virgin olive oil vinaigrette…………………6.95

Tomato & Onion Salad†

Sliced tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil, olive oil & balsamic vinaigrette ........................................9.50

Romaine & Roquefort Salad†

Crisp romaine, Roquefort cheese, fresh bacon bits & Burgundy-Dijon mustard vinaigrette ............10.95

Artichoke & Smoked Chicken†

Fresh garden greens & Burgundy-Dijon mustard vinaigrette ........................................................17.95

Seafood Mélange†

Smoked salmon, smoked trout, jumbo shrimp & crabmeat, fresh garden greens

& herbed remoulade.................22.95

 

A Toast to History

Ales of the Revolution, made by Philadelphia based Yards Brewing Company exclusively for City Tavern is brewed with the very recipes used by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, are on tap at City Tavern, and available to take home by the six pack.

Our ten dining rooms & gardens are the perfect setting for your special event.

 


Entrees

Roasted Duckling†

Clover-honey glaze, chutney, mashed potatoes, & vegetable of the season ..........................................29.95

Veal & Herb Sausage “Münchner Style”

Hand made veal sausage, Pennsylvania Dutch style sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, Dijon mustard ......18.95

Medallions of Venison*

Leeks, rosemary-bourbon mushroom sauce, herbed barley & vegetable of the season ............................34.95

Tenderloin Tips & Mushrooms*

Marinated & sauteed beef tenderloin tips, mushrooms, sour cream-Dijon sauce,

 herbed egg noodles & vegetable of the season..............29.95

Rack of Lamb*†

Roasted with Dijon mustard & pecans, rosemary infused au jus, mashed potatoes, & vegetable of the season .............................................................33.95

Escallopes of Veal

Egg dipped, pan seared veal cutlet, mushrooms, asparagus & sauce Bearnaise, mashed potatoes, vegetable of the season ........................................29.95

Colonial Turkey Pot Pie

Tender chunks of turkey, mushrooms, early peas, red potatoes, sherry cream sauce & flaky pastry crust....................................21.95

Braised Rabbit

Marinated & braised rabbit legs, mushroom-vegetable red wine sauce & large egg noodles ................24.95

New York Strip Steak & Jumbo Shrimp*†

Herb crusted New York strip steak, jumbo garlic shrimp, mashed potatoes & vegetable of the season .....................................34.95

Pork Chop “Apple-Wood Smoked”†

In the 18th century preserving meats by curing them in salt & then smoking was necessary to survive the long winters, this dish reminiscent of ham is a classic example. Pennsylvania Dutch style sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, Dijon mustard............21.95

Chicken Breast Madeira

Marinated & sautéed chicken breast, Madeira–mushroom demi-glaze, mashed potatoes & vegetable of the season ............................................................21.95

Fried Tofu

In a 1770 letter to Philadelphia’s John Bartram, Benjamin Franklin included instructions on how to make tofu Sally Lunn breaded fried tofu, spinach, seasonal vegetables, sautéed tomatoes & herbs, linguine………………$17.95

Pan-Seared Brook Trout

Pennsylvania brook trout, brown butter, capers, lemon sauce, herbed barley, asparagus & Sauce Béarnaise ………………………................................25.95

Paillard of Salmon*

Citrus marinated, pan-seared, Sauce Béarnaise, mashed potatoes & vegetable of the season................25.95

Medallions of Beef Tenderloin*

Pan-seared beef medallions, Burgundy demi-glaze, mashed potatoes, asparagus & Sauce Béarnaise ....30.95

Tavern Lobster Pie

Lobster, shrimp, mushrooms, shallots, sherry cream sauce & flaky puff pastry baked in a pewter casserole. Vegetable of the season accompaniment ...........................................................Market Price

 

Walter Staib

Chef~Proprietor

 

Bring home a taste of Colonial America

City Tavern is a unique restaurant dedicated to bringing the 18th century alive. The very recipes you are enjoying today are available in Chef Staib’s cookbook, City Tavern: Birthplace of American Cuisine. Watch him prepare many of the dishes over an open hearth in famous historical locations, such as Mont Vernon, Monticello and Montpelier on his Emmy Award® Winning PBS show, A Taste of History, available on DVD.  The book and DVDs are filled with colorful history lessons and sumptuous cuisine.

Pennsylvania State & City sales taxes not included. Gratuity is not included. For parties of six or more, a gratuity of 18% will be added. Thank you. All china and pewterware is available for purchase.. A sharing charge will be applied when applicable. Not responsible for personal property. All prices subject to change.

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness,

especially if you have certain medical conditions

† Gluten free option; some other dishes may be adapted to gluten free.  Please ask your server. 

© Concepts By Staib, Ltd.