For comfort food from across the pond, visit Tyson's Tavern

TABLE TALK

November 23, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN | SLOANE BROWN,SUN REPORTER

What happens when the east side of the Atlantic meets the west side? Well, head on down to one of Fells Point's newest establishments and find out. Tyson's Tavern just opened on Fleet Street where Fatima's used to be.

"A British-American pub, that's the gist of it. But we're realistic that we're in Baltimore," explains Ron Barnette, who owns the place with partner Dru Tyson. For the British aesthetic, you've got the decor - greens, tans and browns, with muskets and British art mounted on the walls. American-wise, there's a sports bar undercurrent with a few televisions showing premier English soccer games, as well as good ol' American football.

Barnette says one of the more interesting parts of the decor is all Baltimore, though. Tyson's is where the original National Bohemian brewery was. And the bar there is the original from the brewery, dating to the 1800s, Barnette says.

"It's a gem, one of the most beautiful bars in Baltimore. It still has its old spittoon!" he notes.

The bar itself can seat about 15. There are four additional bar tables and a leather couch in the bar area. You'll also find live entertainment there many nights. Not heavy rock 'n' roll, says Barnett, but a range of music from jazz to pop.

Past the bar area is a small dining room with just a few tables and lots of ambience.

The menu offers a taste of both countries. There is one entree section titled "Comforts from Across the Pond." It includes items like fish and chips ($12), shepherd's pie ($11.50) and bangers and mash ($12). Another section called "Comforts from Sea to Shining Sea" offers a New York strip steak ($19), lemon and herb chicken ($13) and blackened ahi tuna ($17). There are also salads, pasta dishes, burgers and hot sandwiches, and pub appetizers like mussels steamed in Natty Boh and garlic and sprinkled with fresh thyme ($8), crab dip ($9) and buffalo wings ($6), to choose from.

Tyson's Tavern is a real family affair, too. Tyson's brother, Todd, is the chef. His dad, Ed, is the beverage manager. And Barnette's wife, Lauren, works on the day-to-day operations.

You'll find Tyson's Tavern, 410-342-2112, at 2112 Fleet St. Its hours are 11 a.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week.

Stuff yourself

A new steak and burger joint should be opening any day now in Essex. Cocos Bistro bills itself as "not your average sports bar." Co-owner Chris Luciano says Cocos has 12 TV screens around its bar and dining room. There are also pool tables.

The menu was unavailable at press time, but Luciano says one specialty will be stuffed burgers.

Cocos Bistro, 410-780-2626, is in the old Legends nightclub building at 409 Eastern Blvd. Its hours will be 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours have yet to be determined.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail sloane@sloanebrown.com or send a fax to 410-675-3451.

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