Though it feels like it’s been around for decades, celebrity chef Tyler Florence’s FiDi favorite is actually a toddler—at least in tavern years. In fact, it’s become a standby for business types doing deals or enjoying post-work cocktails. Complete with dark wood and leather furnishings, a private billiards room and bustling bar, Wayfare Tavern has the air of a gastropub-turned-private club.
Hearty Americana with seasonal accents defines the menu. Meals here usually begin with piping-hot popovers, and then proceed to buttermilk-brined fried chicken—both of which are the chef’s signature dishes. Even fish specials, like pan-roasted salmon with wilted leeks, are pure comfort, as is the strawberry cheesecake finished with a graham cracker tuile.