We have been visiting “The Tav” (Tavern on the Avenue) regularly for over 20 years. It was one of our favorite places to go in college at MSU and as a young married couple. When our daughter was born 13 years ago, our favorite server Tasha (now a Mankato Independent Originals business partner), used to carry her around for us so we could enjoy a little “alone” time as a couple. She was fantastic. :)
If I’m being truthful, I’d have to say it’s lost a little bit of its charm over the years. The days of that personalized service are gone. I miss the menu classic “Blackjack Melt” and “Blue Whale” cocktail (the souvenir whales doubled as tub toys for our kids!). I wonder if the Tav is resting on its laurels just a bit.
That said, it is still one of our favorite local spots. They still offer free popcorn and board games to keep kids busy while we wait. The menu has a little bit more diversity than the typical Mankato bar/grill, which we appreciate. Our new favorites are the Cubano, the Thai Lettuce Wraps, and the Sashimi Ahi Tuna. The wings are arguably the best in town.
A Mankato favorite, you really can’t go wrong.
Frugal Tip: Go before 6 p.m. on weeknights to hit Happy Hour. You’ll enjoy beer specials and half-price appetizers.
Tav on the Ave
1120 Madison Ave Mankato, MN 56001
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