Five Horses Tavern is known for their great selection of beers, offering 36 rotating drafts and 80 bottles. The tavern replaced Sagra Ristorante and was a new addition to Davis in 2011. The beer tap lighting sculpture at the entrance is super cool.
The dining area was buzzing, with every seat in the house filled. The dark wood, fireplace and chandeliers made the bar exceptionally warm and casual.
Three of us ordered the Fried Chicken Sammy for $11. The Kentucky Fried country style chicken breast, Kirk Webster’s raw Vermont honey, lettuce sounded too good to not order. The brioche was a bit too much bread, but was well toasted. The chicken itself was ok, the coating did not have much flavor, although the chicken inside was juicy. I think what made the chicken sandwich better with the honey and lettuce slaw.
All sandwiches come with choice of side including tater tots, cheddar jalapeno mashed potatoes, mesclun greens, fruit salad and we all went for crunchy and tender tater tots.
My vegetarian friend had the veggie burger, which she said was similar to a boca burger, nothing to sing praises about.
My friend’s apple crisp for $6 was such a disappointment and and tasted as depressing as it looked in its bowl. Although the vanilla ice cream was good, the crisp was cold, as if it was scooped from the fridge and not heated fully. Unfortunately, our waiter suggested too late to get the creme brulee. Next time.
Whenever I am in the Davis next, I’ll try the kentucky fried cornish game hen (k.f.c.g.h.) with jalapeno cheddar mashed potatoes, pork belly spiked mac and cheese ($16), the pork belly taco, crisped confit pork belly, pickled red onions, dragon lady sauce, ($5) and brussels sprouts with pork belly, pickled apples, fish sauce vinaigrette, shitake and wood ear mushrooms ($5). I heard these three items are unbelievable and the sprouts even made a friend who hates brussel sprouts a convert.