On 1/13/04 myself and two friends met for dinner
at the newly renovated Tatnuck Bookseller
Restaurant. Though it didn't seem radically
different on the surface (an unused coffee bar
area sat dormant abutting the dining room), the
menu had definitely undergone a change. A large
and varied wine list was happily appended to the
menu, though it wasn't a wine drinking evening for
For those who have never been, the restaurant sits
squarely within the Tatnuck Bookseller bookstore.
Patrons can easily grab a bestseller off of a shelf
at their dinner table, or, if the restaurant is busy,
put in their name with the maitre'd and browse for
books while a table is prepared.
As always, there were an abundance of vegetarian
choices. It did however seem that the menu
choices didn't really cover a very wide spectrum
overall... I decided on the marinated tofu dinner
special, which came with a choice of soup or salad.
As I'd previous tried and greatly enjoyed the African
peanut spicy soup, I ordered the sweet potato and
spinach soup with dinner.
Our server was brisk, friendly, and efficient, and
brought out our hummus appetizer with amazing
speed prior to taking our dinner order.
Portions ran a little on the light side (no
leftovers), but the meal was totally satisfying.
The tofu was marinated with rosemary and lime, and
came with fresh steamed broccoli and aromatic
basmati rice. Our appetizer of hummus and
tabouleh was very flavorful and accompanied by
warm pita slices and fresh crunchy veggies. My
only disappointment was with the sweet potato and
spinach soup - it lacked distinct flavor,
accentuating neither the sweet potato or the
spinach ingredients. It definitely could have used a
little spicing up!
The restaurant is definitely a great spot for a
quick and tasty meal, a good lunch, or even a