Morgan's Tavern and Grill, 235 Craven Street, New Bern, probably has the most appealing ambiance of any New Bern restaurant. Located in a beautifully renovated building, Morgan's attracts and keeps diners as much for its atmosphere as for its food. High ceilings, exposed beams, charming small dining rooms and an exceptionally nice bar are some of the features that diners appreciate. Morgan's is not the first to inhabit this space, but they are the most successful. We've been there multiple times, and from the looks of their always-crowded dining rooms, they don't seem to be aware of any recession.
Casual dining and traditional, not trendy, foods are Morgan's claim to fame. Their prices are very reasonable, and the food is above average. Service is friendly and quick, and the acoustics are good because dining areas are sectioned off. Best yet, because Morgan's has a steady clientele, you can expect to be served a fresh salad, not one that's been sitting in the fridge for a day or two.
Hubby and I have been to Morgan's several times, and have enjoyed our dinner each time. Our most recent dinner was on a night when we were both tired, not terribly hungry, and not in the mood for anything big. Hubby ordered a Coor's Lite ($2.50), a cup of French onion soup ($3.99) and an appetizer portion of Drunken Mussels ($7.99). I ordered the Applewood bacon cheeseburger and chose the garden salad for my side, all for $6.99. Total bill came to $23.13 plus tip.
Here is an example of the quaint dining rooms:
You'll be served complimentary honey-kissed warm croissants with your soup or salad, or while you are waiting for your meal.
Guy loved his French onion soup.
I very much enjoyed my fresh salad. Salad dressing of your choice is served on the side so you can use as much or little as you want.
Guy said his mussels were perfect.
My cheeseburger was done exactly the way I wanted and was delicious. The roll was fresh, warm, a little crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside.
I was surprised that they would cook it medium rare, but they did.
We didn't have room for dessert, but they sure look good.
On our prior visit, Guy ordered a steak, and I ordered the Hawaiian BBQ chicken. Both were delicious, and the bill for two complete dinners, with one Coor's Lite, came to $34.46 plus tip.
Morgan's is one of the best deals in New Bern. Good food, good prices, great atmosphere. I think they'll be here a long time. If we're lucky that is.