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Tarrant's Cafe

One W. Broad St. (Foushee St.) Send to Phone
804-225-0035 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Homey food heralds renewal in this former drugstore-turned-restaurant.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Tarrant's Cafe Restaurant Review

: “Established 1873” states the menu. But that year refers to Tarrant’s origins as a drugstore, a role it held until 1987 when the building became vacant for nearly two decades. Owner Ted Santarella took it over, helping to pump life into a derelict downtown with this upscale charmer with one side that feels pub-like and the other romantic with gilt-framed paintings and chandeliers. He kept the name, emblazoned in stained glass over the door, claiming it was cheaper than buying a new sign. The legacy also suits Santarella’s fare, nothing new-fangled or hip; more a cross-breed of his personal favorites --- if they could be prepared in an eye-drop-size kitchen. An expansion nearly doubled Tarrant’s in size (enlarging the kitchen and giving rise to pizza and take-out) and the menu spans pastrami sandwiches to filet mignon, and everything is available at lunch and dinner. Entrées, generous with vegetables, include soup or salad, one night a grandmotherly rendition of sausage and cabbage. A sidewalk chalkboard announces specials such as monkfish Marsala, beer-braised short ribs and chicken potpie, to name just a few.

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