Patriot's Tavern

Suburban Stillwater’s Liberty Village looks as staged as a movie set: the hyper-groomed slice of early Americana consists of a faux-historic downtown and a few blocks of quaint housing stock. Its anchor restaurant, Patriot’s Tavern, offers a satisfying take on East Coast colonial fare and the beer’s poured into generous mugs. Favorites include the New England clam chowder and lobster rolls along with Boston’s famous baked beans and cream pie. The ale potted beef sandwich is especially spectacular: the beer lends a pleasant bitterness to the tender roast, whose juices and gravy soak into a spongy ciabatta loaf, and the melted cheddar and thin fried onion rings turn the whole thing into a giant umami bomb.