One of the few surviving Colonial-era taverns in the US, Hanover Tavern once hosted everyone from George Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette, was used by soldiers from both the North and South during the Civil War and was even owned by Patrick Henry's in-laws for a while. Now operated as a nonprofit historical education center with everything from a theater to museum exhibits on 19th-century pottery, it's also a great place to visit for its food alone.
Hanover Tavern makes straightforward food with modern twists. Fried oysters come with pickled green tomatoes, the Cobb salad has red potatoes in it, and in true democratic style, you can order a pulled pork sandwich with your choice of Virginia or South Carolina barbecue sauce. Want to celebrate on a budget? Hanover does a Sunday Special menu worth driving out for since you can get an appetizer, an entree, cornbread, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink for an astonishing $20. There's also a set pre-theater menu if you're visiting for a show, and it features a Southern take on cassoulet, so we'd encourage you to make a reservation approximately now.
In short, this is a fascinating historic locale, a fantastic place to take in a play, and oh, did we mention there are brownie ice cream sundaes? Yeah, Hanover Tavern is definitely worth your time. Want to learn more? Check out this video about Hanover Tavern from TD Guide.
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