Last Sunday, I met up for lunch with my longtime, childhood friend and her fiance. She lives down south now and was up in the northeast for a wedding so we met at Paragon Tap & Table. When looking for a place to meet for lunch, I scoured Yelp looking for a place with a good rating that was in the area we were looking to meet up. I came across Paragon Tap & Table which had a 4 star rating and coincidentally a friend of mine also suggested the restaurant. After a super easy table booking using Open Table, my lunch was set.
The restaurant is described as a gastropub that offers a wide variety of menu items and a selection of twenty artisan craft beers.
The restaurant is very inviting and the staff is incredibly friendly. When I arrived last Sunday afternoon, I informed the hostess that my friends were running late. I was fully expecting and prepared to just wait until they arrived before I was seated, which I had absolutely no problem with. But, the hostess said it was not a problem and seated me anyway. My server was so friendly and nice and didn’t make me feel weird as I waited for my friends!
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, since I was there on a Sunday afternoon it was Sunday Brunch at the restaurant. I wasn’t able to check out the normal menu fare, which I had been looking forward to, but on the upside I got to sample a variety of foods and I love brunch buffets so I was still happy. The restaurant has a few different stations from carving stations to standard breakfast items. For the most part I steered away from the breakfast items because I wanted a more lunch oriented plate.
I loaded up my plate with 1 breakfast item (smoked salmon on a bagel with cream cheese), shrimp cocktail, mushroom ravioli, strawberry salad, pasta salad, and artichokes. Everything was delicious and I got second helpings of the pasta salad and shrimp. The mushroom raviolis were so good and savory but not too rich. Definitely not too heavy, and the only reason I didn’t get a second helping of those was because I’ve been trying to be more mindful of the amount of carbs and starches I’ve been eating!
Brunch ends at 3pm and since we were having so much fun chatting and eating, we almost missed our chance to grab some dessert sweets, but our very kind server came to tell us they were doing last call on the buffet items so we went right over. The little dessert station is filled with all different pastries, cakes and puddings. I got mini eclairs, a cannoli, and a mini mousse type cupcake.
Suffice it to say, after all this good food I was stuffed. I stuck with water as my beverage of choice, but they also offer endless mimosa’s for an additional charge and for a little more there’s also endless bloody mary’s. We all agreed the food was great and the service was excellent. The chef even came around to say hi and ask everyone how they were enjoying the food. I love when restaurants give that personable touch. It makes the whole experience so much warmer and inviting. I’d love to one day go back and try out the regular menu!