The new Broad Axe Tavern is fresh off a multimillion dollar renovation. The restaurant, dormant for the last half dozen or so years, has finally reopened with a menu that tries to be fresh while keeping a nod to the Inn’s historic past.
There are no remnants of the old Broad Axe, famous for it’s bar, it’s crabcakes and it’s fall off the bone ribs.
The new broad axe menu is eclectic and quirky, focusing on fresh ingredients. My party included a child and while they had no childrens menu they offered a handful of “kid friendly” choices like ham and cheese, grilled or cold. We opted to order the bison meat sliders for the 6-year old with just cheese (sans the onions and barbeque sauce normally included). She enjoyed them and the house fries.
I had wanted to try the bleu cheese and mushroom pizza, one of four pizzas they offer, since reading a friend’s review of it a few weeks back. It was very good and I would say it was the highlight of my meal.
A sirloin burger topped with cheddar was given high marks (and cooked perfectly). I opted to try a couple of the appetizers. The buffalo chicken satay was too spicy for my tastes and I ate just one piece before packing it up for someone who likes more kick in their sauce.
I also tried the pulled pork soft tacos, another appetizer that was very tasty but I found the accompaniments a little too spicy for me and when I asked for sour cream I was stunned to be told they had none.
The soda is served in small glasses adding more trips for the wait staff then is reasonable. I think my table of three accounted for seven trips to the bar all told.
I will go back to the Broad Axe Tavern but I won’t rush back. It was good, not great. The interior is quite beautiful but the area is in need of more casual restaurants and the Broad Axe gives off a stuffier feel then it’s predecessor namesake. Not the kind of place you can pop in for dinner, even though the menu included a handful of sandwiches.
The old Broad Axe had something for everyone: full dinners, great appetizers and plenty of sandwiches and light meals. The new Broad Axe would do well to expand it’s menu to be a little friendlier to the family diner.
Broad Axe Tavern
901 West Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002