by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
The Ivy Tavern soft opened a week ago, with the grand opening this past Saturday. Owned and operated by Lisa and Tom Georgalis, former owners of Inwood Tavern, can usually be found waling the tavern and the bodacious patio area which is decorated with a firepit, picnic tables and a variety of entertaining games such as man-sized Jingo blocks and darts. Visiting the tavern several times last week we were able to soak up what has already become an institution with what appears to be a large set of regulars.
Food service starts today, but for early arrivals to the grand opening party Saturday they were able to enjoy a foreshadowing of what you might expect. The menu was developed by Randall Warder, former Chef de Cuisine of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the recipes are actually those of the Georgalis’. Look for some kicked up bar fare including a great burger made with 50% ground brisket, homemade pimento cheese, a brisket grilled cheese sandwich, and what Lisa assures me will be a menu favorite… her very own creamed corn.
The sky-rocketing old trees out back gives the feel of actually being in your friend’s backyard, and the second bar outside assures you very little wait for your next cocktail. That might not even be necessary with the abundant staff on hand to dote over whatever you require to keep your night happy.
Consider Ivy Tavern your new home bar. It’s not too late to become one of the original regulars. We will have a complete guide to the food in an upcoming craveDFW story.