Thinking Man Tavern

The other night it took a bit of discussion to whittle down our choices of where to have dinner. We each settled on two to pick from and I pushed for going somewhere new to us both. So we finally settled on Thinking Man Tavern over on North Dekalb Ave. It's a boisterous, friendly, neighborhood bar with lots of atmosphere. I was very pleased with their extensive beer list, in which American craft beers figure prominently. Several are organic. The bar obviously focuses on high-quality beers, but they also have (what appeared to be) a fairly nice list of wines.

The food menu had plenty of variety and we were both gratified to see plenty of vegetarian dishes on the menu. Not only did we have plenty to choose from, our choices turned out to be very tasty as well.  I had this excellent mango-jerk-veggie burger with corn salad (yowza!) and Kathy had the CLT (cucumber-lettuce-tomato) with chipotle mayo and potato rounds. I ate so many of Kathy's potato rounds (little fried "coins" of sliced potato), we had to order another helping.

The wait staff was prompt, friendly, and attentive. Good food, good service, good beers - all at reasonable prices. But there was a fly in the ointment (none in the food - don't worry). TMT is still using Styrofoam take-out containers and our server, as helpful as she was, couldn't think of anything they do in the name of sustainability. No recycling bins, no composting, etc.

So we like the place, really we do, but we hope to change their minds about their present practices. They seem like very nice, intelligent people. Try the place yourself and tell them you'd like to see them 86 the Styrofoam, start composting their kitchen waste, recycle their glass, etc. I'm sure they could see the benefit of doing better for the environment, if they'd just think about it.
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