In a world of upscale bars and gastropubs, it's difficult for a restaurant under the moniker of “tavern” to distinguish itself, but Andrew and Shanda Arthurs' Soulshine Tavern & Kitchen has done just that. Borrowing its name from the easygoing 1994 Allman Brothers song, Soulshine hits all the right notes to appeal to the widest possible crowd. A collection of roughly a dozen televisions, for instance, appeals to the sports crowd. The dark wood, leather seats, cocktails and varied beer selection attract pub-goers who want a comfortable place to hole up with a drink. Thoughtful offerings for kids draw in families. And the well-crafted menu satisfies serious foodies and casual diners alike. The New Albany tavern focuses on lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, emphasizing creative treatments of traditional comfort foods. Brunch, for instance, revolves around breakfast burgers, short rib hash and Dutch baby pancakes. Bar snacks are revamped with such offerings as Reuben Scotch eggs and cheddar cornbread, while chicken and waffles and an Andouille sausage mac 'n' cheese headline the dinner menu.
Order Up: Wasabi-crusted tuna
This tuna dish is both creative and comfortable, mixing soba noodles and stir-fried veggies with a zesty orange ginger vinaigrette.