I first visited Liberty Tavern about a year and a half ago for a happy hour. I was able to sample a few items from the menu and bar, all of which I thought were surprisingly tasty for the price and the location. Until recently, that area of Arlington being nothing but cheap beer and bar-food specials geared toward the just-graduated-from-college-crowd. That was great when I was 22-24 but as I edge closer to 30, it gets a bit boring. When Liberty Tavern first opened, it gave a slightly more sophisticated feel, without being too stuffy, and I liked it. Several other places that aim for a slightly older crowd have opened as well, allowing the neighborhood to develop into a pretty decent destination.
Liberty Tavern’s brunch was not quite what I expected, mostly because it was a buffet, which brings its own set of issues. The downside to a buffet is that it is hard to maintain quality when food is cooked in large portions and left out for an extended period of time. The benefit is that a large group is given a lot of food options and everyone can serve themselves at will. So, Liberty Tavern is a great place to go with a big group where you know everyone will want a good number of choices to fill their plate.
The buffet included a few variations of scrambled eggs with different ingredients mixed in, biscuits and gravy, ham, turkey, salmon (delicious), bacon (a bit over cooked), sausage, a frittata, waffles, blueberry pancakes, and a few lunch-items. None of the food was amazing, but what was as good as I could expect from a large buffet. They have an a la carte menu as well but it’s restricted to just omelets and sandwiches.
I do love the space at Liberty Tavern. The upstairs offers an open-feel with high ceilings and a lot of light. Downstairs is a bit more bar-like with a lot of wood accents and high tables, and good use of partitions to break apart various areas. And they have a good amount of outdoor tables that are great when you have good weekend weather.
My favorite part of this brunch: the candy table. As you leave the upstairs area, where the buffet is, there is a big table of sweet treats. You have your pick of M&M’s, brownies, cookies, Blow Pops, Tootsie Rolls, and even Pixy Stix (a very long time favorite of mine from my childhood).