Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tara's Tavern Cookstown NJ

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The closed Cookstown Diner is what you see from the front door of Tara's Tavern.

It used to be Mike's, a biker bar with a juke box and pool table and motorcycles parked outside.

Now it's the new, totally renovated Tara's Tavern, with an upscale brass and glass and mohagany panelled rustic motif.

Technically it is 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, in New Hanover, and is owned by Tara D. Bruni, Tara's American Bar and Grill is located on the crossroads corner where the roads to Wrightstown (Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakeurst - JBMDL) and New Egypt and Browns Mills.

It's in the heart of the Jersey Pines, on the north side of the sprawling military base but has easy access from all three directions.

Open for lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays (11 AM - 10 PM), the menu is upscale, with heafty portions and though a bit pricy, it is really good, and they give a 15% military discount on food on Monday-Wednesday and Thursday.

Rumor on the street however, has Howard the tall, thin bartender from Clarke's in Mt. Holly (now John & Molly's), behind the bar at Tara's. A real professional bartender with interests in music and sports, Howard is very personable and definately an asset.

Samples from the menu:

Garden Fresh Salads

House Salad - $6.99
Spinach Salad - $8.99 \
Signature Waldorf Vinaigrette - $9.99
Classic Caesar - $7.99

All American Favorites

Turkey Club Sandwich with Chips - $7.99
Pork Roll with Chips - $6.99
All-American Hot Dog with Chips - $5.99
Fried Chicken Fingers with Fries - $7.99
Fried Shrip Basket with Fries - $8.99


Italian Sausage and Peppers Sandwich - $7.99
Homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich - $6.99\


1/2 Pound Fresh Grilled USDA Ground Beef - $6.99
Also available as Turkey or Veggie Burger

Mushroom Swiss Burger - $7.99
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger - $7.99
Jersey Burger - $7.99

Grilled Chicken Sandwichs $7.99
(Ranch, Buffalo, Tara's Favorite - cajun spices, BBQ, fried onions, Monterey Jack, with Fries)


Hearty Beef Stew - $13.99
Lemon Chciken $12.99
BBQ Saint Louis Ribs - $15.99
Homemade Maryland Style Crab Cakes - $18.99

16 oz New York Sirloin - $18.99
16 oz Rib Eye - $17.99
Tilapia - $15.99
Cheese Ravioli w/ vodka sauce - $10.99


8 oz Filet Mignon - $15.99
Savoy White Bolognese (Sausage) $16.99
Grilled Salmon - $16.99


Buffalo WIngs - $6.99
BB or Cajun WIngs - $6.99
Cajun Angels shrimp - $8.99
Mussels Marinara - $9.99
Chicken Fingers - $6.99
Roasted Clams - $8.99
Grilled Veggie Platter - $8.99
Nachos Supreme - $8.99
Sizzlin' Potato Skins - $6.99

Homemade Baked Maryland Crab Dip - $9.99

Clams Rockefeller - $9.99


New England Clam Chowder - $2.99 -$3.99
Crock of French Onion - $3.99
Beef Chile - $3.99

CHILDREN'S Menu - $4.99




Bill Kelly said...

I have it on good authority that the Billy Walton Band, the hottest rock & roll band on the East Coast, will be performing at Tara's Tavern just after the July 4th holiday. More to come on this.

Anonymous said...

I would never go to Tara's again!!! I placed a take out order, thinking it would be easy for them to handle, and my order took TWO HOURS to for them to prepare. Once finally received, the food was mediocre at best. Over priced, lousy service, and not even a "discount" for making me wait so long for the food. (In hindsight, I should have just walked out without taking it.) The only time I would go back there is to stand there applauding on the day they CLOSE!

roganist said...

2 hours NJK? haha. you're an idiot if you waited two hours. crack kills...

LLH said...

How's Tara's restaurant doing now that they've had a chance to "get it right?"