Best Late-Night Menu, 2014:
After a show at The Grand Opera House, we can’t resist a walk across the street to Chelsea Tavern for some Loaded Fries. There are a dozen appetizers and sandwiches, plus a few salads, available any time. Top it off with one of any number of craft brews from Chelsea’s wide selection.
Stop right there. Did you say, “Did You Say Bacon? Sundae”? Only the great minds at Chelsea Tavern would think of it. Top a homemade bacon-butterscotch blondie with bacon ice cream and a bourbon-caramel sauce. There’s always a potent creme brûlée of the day, and the chocolate chip bread pudding almost ranks with the Did You Say Bacon? Sundae. A plea: Please bring back the salt-crusted, caramel-covered shortbread cookies and homemade beignets with peanut butter dipping sauce. Did you say “to die for?”
Chelsea Tavern debuted a brilliant brunch menu in the fall, one that brims with good
frittatas, unique versions of eggs Benedict (pork belly, anyone?) waffles and good ol’
Chef Sean McNeice stretches the bounds of creativity, constantly surprising diners with delightfully twisted everyday faves, such as white buffalo chili (made of bison and white beans) and chicken pot pie with herbed dumplings, winter roots and Guinness gravy.
Chelsea’s Dirty Burger is a towering monument to meat: a crispy, deep-fried burger patty topped with fried scrapple, smoked bacon, a fried egg and American cheese on a brioche bun. It’s so good, it’s bad. Or so bad, it’s good.
One of the mottoes floating around at Chelsea Tavern is “nothing with a commercial.” That means you won’t find Bud Light or its ilk among the 21 craft brews on tap. What you will find are a couple of exclusive drafts made for Chelsea. There’s the Chelsea Lager, produced by Victory Brewing Co. of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and Chelsea Brown Ale, made by Dogfish Head. Craft breweries such as Chimay, Sierra Nevada and local faves Twin Lakes and 16 Mile get tapped, too. Stay tuned for special beer dinners from this Market Street newbie.