Eat Here Now: Red Dove Tavern
By Christopher Bates
When I’m out and about in the Finger Lakes, I love the Red Dove Tavern. A tiny little bar and eatery in downtown Geneva whose simple décor might cause you to not think twice…till you see the menu.Simple, casual and well priced, the menu features both standbys and seasonal dishes that you could consider upscale tavern food. Why go for a place with popcorn to snack on with your beer when at Red Dove you could get a bowl of spicy, crispy chickpeas, which are delightfully crunchy, bright and fresh, but substantial enough to hold you over as a midday snack (not that you would ever have a midday beer, right?). And while I do try to be careful with my food choices, as an American, I occasionally have to indulge in Chicken Wings, and the Red Doves version makes it almost a must: Duck Wings!
On a recent stop, highlights included crispy smelt (a local fish that runs up the rivers for spawning, and is a bit of a cult affair) with pepperoncini aioli, Chicken Liver Mousse on toast (there was a Foie Gras option as well), and a sausage plate featuring locally raised meats from Bostrom Farm. And it’s not just about the food. A well selected draft list that constantly rotates (including a sour at all times!) will keep the beer geeks happy, while a well selected wine list (think Keller Grauburgunder by the glass), keeps everyone happy. All in all, The Red Dove Tavern is one of my favorite places to grab a bite and a beer. I’m pretty sure you will love it too.