When our buddy Adam Warrock was in town for his show at SPT, we decided to take him to what we consider one of the most "Dayton-y" places of all, Tank's Bar, for lunch. Due to my allergies and fat ass, we hadn't been to Tank's in ages. Having taken the day off from work, I got up that morning and hit the gym, paying my penance in advance for the bacon cheeseburger that I planned on murdering.
I always said I'd save my running for when the cops discovered my meth lab, but perspectives change when you hit 30 and start to resemble a something from a Flemish painting more than something on the side of a WWII bomber.
Naturally, Mr. FvF and I both ordered bacon cheeseburgers, mid-well (this is one of the few areas where we agree on food). He chose the fries, while I opted to sub my chips for their cole slaw, which I'd never tried.
The burger, as always with Tanks, was stellar. A huge, nearly one inch patty that was well-seasoned and cooked perfectly. Toppings all on the side (including pickle chips *and* a spear), with plenty of melty cheese and enough bacon to cover your burger and still have a little nibble for yourself. If I'm going to have bread, it's nice to have choices - so I'm always thrilled to be able to get my burger on an onion bun (they also have white, wheat, and kaiser).
The cole slaw, though, did not wow me. See how dense and creamy it looks in the photo? that's a very accurate portrayal of how it tasted. It was very thick with mayo, almost like a cream-based potato salad. That left the veggies with little to no crunch, and there really wasn't a hint of sweetness to any of it. Next time I'll just stick with the chips and pawn them off on my husband. Our guest got the super-stuffed ham & cheese on rye with chips and was very happy with it.
One thing I wished I would have noticed before we ordered, is that Tank's now serves breakfast all day, every day. Even when I lived across the street, I never managed to make it there for breakfast, so I sort of blew my first opportunity without even knowing it. But, apparently they've been doing this for ages, so it's no fault of the server for not mentioning it. Speaking of which, our server was quick, friendly, and kept our drinks full - even bringing Mr. Warrock an entire carafe of coffee when he ordered a cup. Some diners might see that as lazy service, but I think it's just working smarter, not harder.
A pleasant experience at one of Dayton's finest institutions for lunch. Only a scant half point off for that funky slaw.
4.5 out of 5 sporks!