Same folks, different menusPublished 7:07pm Monday, March 17, 2014
Jack’s Tavern at Fiddler’s Green, a new establishment on River Road in Washington, offers a year-round, pub-like atmosphere, providing a comfortable environment — a nice place for nice people.
According to owners Cathy Bell and Laura Scoble, also the owners of Backwater Jack’s, the tavern was intended to be a place for their employees to work year-round — Backwater Jack’s operates seasonally, leaving employees without work part of the year.
“It’s totally different,” said Bell. “It’s breakfast, lunch and dinner; it’s comfort food; it’s homemade; it’s just a nice warm spot which we don’t have at the tiki bar.”
The atmosphere at Jack’s Tavern is a feature the owners are excited about.
“We just wanted to make it a neighborhood pub — a place where people on their way home from work can stop on this side of the river and get something to eat in a comfortable environment,” Bell said.
According to Bell and Scoble, the menu is different as well.
“Backwater Jack’s has burgers and fries and outdoor, summer food,” said Scoble. “Here, it’s homemade meatloaves and soups and stews and breakfast — home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Bell and Scoble give compliments to their head chef, Jessica Williams, regarding the menu at Jack’s Tavern. At Backwater Jack’s, Williams’ talent is constrained by its menu options.
“Here we make everything from scratch. … Our head cook is able to really put some heart in this because she gets to make the things she really cares about,” Scoble said.
“We have a bigger kitchen here. … She has free reign to create things,” Bell added. “This menu is pretty much hers.”
Some of the featured dishes at Jack’s Tavern include the Waffler, stuffing formed in a waffle iron, covered in sliced turkey, tater tots and homemade gravy; Scotch eggs, hard-boiled eggs enrobed in sage sausage and fried; and a pub favorite, fish ‘n’ chips, using a drill in making the homemade chips.
Jack’s Tavern, located at 712 River Road in Washington, is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. In April, however, when Backwater Jack’s reopens, Jack’s Tavern will change hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch.