Blogger reviews new menu at Plainville coffee shop & restaurant

PLAINVILLE — Visitors to a combined coffee-shop-restaurant in town can enjoy a new menu now focused on brunch and lunch items.

Rebel Dog Coffee, 393 Farmington Ave., first opened its doors in February 2017. Featuring coffees, teas, and locally-made kombucha alongside a takeout menu of breakfast sandwiches, the shop quickly gained popularity.

In January 2020, Rebel Dog partnered with neighboring restaurant, JD’s Tavern, to become one brand.

Now called “The Tavern,” the restaurant has once again evolved, focusing specifically on brunch and lunch items.

“We’ve decided to focus on our strengths,” said owner and operator Harrison Poltorak.

Daytime business, especially on weekends, tends to be strongest for the shop. While the restaurant still features many favorites, like wood-fired pizza and a variety of sandwiches, the new menu includes, a birria breakfast burrito and maple, coffee-rub tater tots.

Foodies can also enjoy trendy items like avocado toast piled high, or branch out to ricotta toast and Mediterranean toast options.

The Tavern also features classic and trendy drinks, similar to the menu available in the coffee shop. Seasonal flavors are also available, with unique flavors alternating throughout the year. 

Most of the new items, Poltorak says, are Tavern exclusive, designed specifically to be enjoyed in the restaurant.

In the coffee shop, the take-out menu remains untouched. 

For those with allergies or dietary restrictions, the Tavern includes a unique make-your-own breakfast sandwich option — think falafel and refried beans instead of meat and eggs. Vegan baked goods are also available, as well as gluten-free. 

The restaurant also features a heated-patio, even in the coldest days of winter, offering a COVID-safe option for dining out. Seating options include tables, small couches and a bar. In warmer months, a scattering of tables and chairs are on a shady patio outside the shop.

Sammi Bray of Southington is a first year student at Trinity College in Hartford. She is studying public policy and law, with a minor in rhetoric, writing and media studies. She has been freelancing for the Record-Journal since June. You can contact her at



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