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Ye Olde Trail Tavern

December 19th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Our last full day in Yellow Springs, we met up with Ty and Melanie, friends of ours from Carrboro, now living in California. We last saw them at their home in California in the Spring, and would probably not have seen them again for some time, except they were visiting with Ty’s family in Sydney, Ohio for the holidays. We caught up while walking around Yellow Springs, and investigating the shops, including two artists co-operatives (Yellow Springs Pottery and The Village Artisans Gallery), where we made some purchases.

When it came time for lunch, we decided to try someplace new (for us), and decided to eat at Ye Olde Trail Tavern. Selecting the Tavern as someplace “new” proved to be ironic, since the restaurant occupies the oldest building in Yellow Springs (constructed in 1844), and is believed to be the second oldest existing tavern in Ohio.

The atmosphere is very rustic, though in this case authentic as one could expect from a 160-year-old log cabin. The menu consists of informal American staples, such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, and pizza.

I gave the day’s special a try; beef stew served over a bowl of mashed potatoes and fresh biscuits. The meal was good and hearty, though not displaying overly complex flavors.

Everyone had a good time, and I expect to visit the Tavern again when we next visit Yellow Springs, maybe for beer and burgers.

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