521 E. Church St.
New Harmony Indiana 47631United States
Despite its welcoming exterior, the Yellow Tavern is first and foremost a bar, with uninspired food and a cash-only policy.
Tiny New Harmony has few eateries, so the Yellow Tavern doesn't have much competition -- and it shows. It's a bar for adults 21 and older, but it sells only bottled beer, with nothing on tap. It accepts only cash but has a high-fee ATM on-site. The interior is oppressively dark, and the servers are brusque. The appetizer menu is limited to three salads, an assortment of deep-fried vegetables and a few miscellaneous items. On our most recent visit, we tried the vegetable combo platter ($8.95), consisting of onion rings and breaded zucchini, mushrooms and cauliflower. The items were oily and lacked seasoning, and the portion was small given the price. The entree menu consists of a few large items, such as pork chops and T-bone steaks, as well as pizza and sandwiches. We tried a Rueben sandwich, which had a tasty balance of corned beef and sauerkraut ($6.95). The hamburger, on the other hand, was disappointing ($4). The patty seemed to be straight from the freezer, the bun was edging toward stale, and the toppings were left in an unappetizing pile on the side of the plate. Both sandwiches were served with standard potato chips, which were clearly not made in-house. In a town with such limited dining options, Yellow Tavern no doubt does a brisk business with locals. Visitors, however, will likely be happier dining elsewhere.