Tavern 101 is the latest culinary addition to Bay City’s vibrant downtown restaurant scene. The casual dining restaurant and bar is the third in the area owned by Dave Dittenber, who also owns American Kitchen and Old City Hall.
Tavern 101 features an Italian/Mediterranean menu, specializing in flatbreads and sandwiches, as well as salads, pastas, and more. The restaurant has a “free-spirited, come as you are” atmosphere and offers guests friendly service and innovative spins on some classic pub fare at reasonable prices.
“One of our top sellers is our Charcuterie Flatbread,” says manager Jessica Maida. “It’s our take on a meat lover’s pizza and is topped with marinara sauce, pepperoni, prosciutto, Italian sausage, and mozzarella cheese. It’s delicious and very unique. We also have a wonderful Caprese Salad, which is layered Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves drizzled with our vanilla-infused olive oil.”
Another twist on traditional pub fare is Tavern’s Crispy Cheese Stick: fresh mozzarella cheese and pepperoni folded into a wonton wrapper and deep fried, served with a marinara dipping sauce. Maida describes the extremely popular appetizer as “ridiculously delicious.”
Everything on Tavern 101’s menu is made fresh in-house, including the syrups and infusions for its hand-crafted cocktails. The bar menu includes a full wine list and 54 beers on tap, and be on the lookout for a specialty beer cellar in the coming months. Executive chef Dave Feinauer oversees the menus at all three restaurants and is always looking for new dishes and flavors to offer guests.
“We are currently evolving and expanding our menus,” says Maida. “We will be introducing a lot of exciting new specials, such as Tap Takeovers and Dining/Drinking for a Purpose charity events. We want to be very involved with and give back to the local community. Current specials include Sunday two-for-one flatbreads and acoustic music groups playing Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.” Check Facebook for the latest 411 on the specials and events.
Tavern 101, 101 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-778-1431, www.Tavern 101restaurant.com. Hours: Sunday (12 – 9 p.m.), Monday – Thursday
(11 a.m. – 10 p.m.), and Friday – Saturday (11 a.m. – 12 a.m.).