Last month, The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park added a lunch menu to their offerings, and invited us to come try it out.
The restaurant was founded by Orlando restaurateurs Jason & Sue Chin, who also own the popular Seito Sushi across the street. From its opening in March 2015, The Osprey Tavern has been a favorite among local foodies.
However, this was my first visit, so I was excited to see if the food would live up to the hype. I’m happy to say it did.
The lunch menu has a variety of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas, along with more substantial dishes like Pork Ribs, and Grilled Faroe Island Salmon.
Quite a few things sounded really good, and I ended up going with the Fried Chicken Sandwich. It was topped with sriracha aioli, tomato, choucroute, and dill pickle, along with a choice of house smoked fries, salad, or housemade pork rinds.
The chicken had a great flavor to it, and it had a good balance between crispy and juicy. The only part of the dish that didn’t work for me was the choucroute, which is a pickled cabbage similar to sauerkraut. I’m not a fan of pickled cabbage anyways, but it had an overwhelming sour taste that didn’t mesh with the rest of the sandwich. Luckily it was a small amount, easily scraped off.
I chose the fries for the side, and they came out crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. I was told after they fry the potato slices, they put them in a smoker. It adds an extra depth of flavor, but it took a bit to get used to.
My guest chose the Smoked Brisket Sandwich, and it came with big chunks of brisket topped with a cabbage slaw, house pickles, and sauce on challah bread. It was a bit messy to eat, but loaded with flavor. She also had the fries and said the smoky flavor paired well with the brisket.
Looking at the menu, I think prices are reasonable for the quality of food. Most of the offerings are in the $10 – $15 range. There are a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, as well as cocktails, served from the bar that is the centerpiece of the restaurant.
Even if you skip dessert, I recommend the cookie. It was a delicious Oatmeal Rum Raisin that wasn’t too sweet, but finished the meal nicely.
Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Free street parking is available, and there is parking behind the restaurant, too.
For more information, visit ospreytavern.com.
Disclaimer: We were hosted by the restaurant for purposes of a review. As always, my opinions are honest, and my own.
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