Gastropub Eats (And Nachos) Arrive at Mass Ave’s New Tavern at the Point
The Tavern at the Point, the Cunningham Restaurant Group’s successor to the nostalgic Mass Ave standby Old Point Tavern, is now open. As it name might imply, Tavern at the Point pays homage to its predecessor, but the likeness between the two similarly-named eateries is tangential, at best. Sure, there are nachos and an outdoor patio and the trademark red neon signage, but the endearing, unmanicured nostalgia of this dive bar has been largely polished away and replaced with glossy granite bar tops, seasonal cocktails, and forest-green leather chairs.
The new interior is chic and contemporary. The food (on my first visit, at least) is what can only be described as gastro pub glamour. It has all the indulgence and golden-fried goodness of a gastropub with twists of fine-dining glamour (and, often fine-dining prices). Think deep fried lobster tails and rare ahi tuna with umami-laden soba noodles.
Less pricey items, like the Pimento Mac ‘N Cheese, are equally notable. The velvety, liquid gold pimento cheese sauce, paired with the crunch of the deep fried Nashville shrimp, and the sweet jalapeño jam is a bite of pure food coma ecstasy. The variances in textures and flavors elevate this pub staple to fine-dining heights.
The beloved nachos at Old Point Tavern find new life (and a new price point) at Tavern at the Point. Drenched in beer cheese and topped with incredibly flavorful, tender bits of brisket burnt ends, the bar favorite is likely to win over Indy’s toughest nacho critics—though if I’m being picky, at $14, I did expect a little more meat.
The entire experience was pleasant, and in so many ways epitomized the predictable and consistent quality we have come to expect from the the Cunningham Restaurant Group. Service was exceptional. The food was good. The atmosphere was inviting. I was not blown away by it all, but I was pleased nonetheless. Tavern at the Point is likely to disappoint those fervent fans of its former tenant, but for others, there is a lot to enjoy at this new eatery on Mass Ave.