An ever-evolving menu keeps people coming back to The Tasty.By Maria Allen | Photography by Jack Foley
True to its name, The Tasty is a new Plymouth restaurant dedicated to serving delicious food that is exciting but not pretentious. Owners Mike and Nina Peters opened the restaurant in July of 2016. Their goal was to create a neighborhood eatery where the chefs working in their collaborative kitchen (yes, there are more than one) would be able to design an evolving menu of creative comfort foods. In fact, the menu at The Tasty changes so frequently that there is no need for a specials board.
The food at The Tasty is prepared using seasonal produce sourced from South Shore purveyors whenever possible. When we arrived for brunch a few weeks ago, a delivery truck from Kingston’s Greenway Farm was parked outside and people were unloading boxes of microgreens.
With just 40 seats, the restaurant has a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. There’s a stone fireplace and a distant view of Plymouth Harbor. My friend and I snagged bar seats by the front windows and ordered a selection of items off a recently released brunch menu. We decided to start out with something we had never heard of before and ordered a dish called salmon bacon (pictured at top). When the dish arrived, it was a beauty to behold. Several slices of house-cured, hot-smoked salmon belly came served atop a crispy potato with avocado crema and mesclun greens. Each bite contained a magnificent mixture of textures and flavors. A beet salad arrived next, made with red and yellow beets from the local farm Plato’s Harvest combined with beet syrup, arugula, spiced pecans, goat cheese and a winter citrus vinaigrette. The sweet, earthy flavor of the fresh beets paired perfectly with the slight bite of the arugula and cheese.
Since it was brunch, and we were craving something sweet, we decided to sample the Baked French next. Thick slices of French bread arrived warm and glistening with a light streusel coating. The French toast dish was topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted almonds and berries. I was pleased to discover that the flavor was sweet, but not at all overpowering.
There are only a few items on the menu that the owners have been unable to take off due to their popularity. The duck fat potatoes are one such dish. Often ordered as a side dish but capable of holding its own, this dish blew us away. The potatoes were perfectly crisp and infused with richness from the duck fat, making it hard to stop snacking on them. It’s totally worth forgetting about your diet for one day.
The Tasty offers an extensive craft beer and cocktail menu and brunch cocktails have become a popular item. We decided to sample a pretty drink called Mrs. Robinson, which contained Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka, cucumber, lime, Aperol and rose liqueur. The taste was smooth and delicious and it put the final touch on our already impressive brunch experience. Even before the meal was over we started planning a return visit to The Tasty to test out more exciting creations. If this newbie eatery can keep pace with the demand from South Shore foodies, they’re sure to have staying power.
42 Court St.