It’s usually a terrible idea to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, but in this case I’m glad that I did. I not only bought enough groceries to feed a small army, but also stumbled upon my new favorite spot for food and drinks. Prospect Tavern is a relatively new restaurant, but it has gained a lot of popularity in Madison, NJ, among locals and college students alike. It has a classic tavern feel with a dining room complete with a stone fireplace and a full bar with a patio, but it wasn’t always a restaurant. The building originally housed a coal company in the late 1800s.
Prospect Tavern has a new menu, encompassing everything from tavern favorites like wings and burgers to gourmet dishes like brie and spinach stuffed pork chops and lobster mac & cheese. While I am usually partial to all things brie, I decided to try their lobster roll. As the daughter of a Maine native, I must admit that I am a bit of a lobster roll snob. My expectations were exceeded by far, especially because it was served in a toasted hot dog bun (the New England way). The roll was perfectly complimented by their sweet potato fries.
No visit to Prospect Tavern is complete without having a drink (or two). I am a big fan of their pumpkin pie martini, but after trying the new apple cider fizz, I might be a convert. The apple cider fizz is a seasonal twist on a mimosa in a cinnamon sugar rimmed flute. It’s served with an individual bottle of prosecco, which is not only adorable, but gives you the ability to make this sweet concoction as boozy as you want. Aside from specialty drinks, Prospect Tavern offers a variety of draft and bottled beers and wines. They also have happy hours at the bar almost every night of the week including College Night on Tuesdays, which draws in a nice bar crowd.
If you find yourself in Madison, check out Prospect Tavern for great food, drinks, and service.