Story Tavern boosts Burbank and beer in equal measure. It's like walking into a history lesson where there's artisanal beer on tap. You're sipping your cider with Dr. David Burbank looking over your shoulder. The portrait of the eccentrically bearded dentist who in 1886 sold the land that would soon bear his name hangs at the head of the room just to the left of the stone fireplace. Black and white photos of Burbank in earlier decades cover the wall, including Story Hardware, where Burbank's first mayor sold hammers and nails — at the same address where Story Tavern now sells bangers and mash.
But you didn't come just for the history lecture, did you? You came to sit in a gorgeous, oaky dining room at a long, mission-style wood table on a chair that would fit in an Arts and Crafts bungalow. You came to watch the guy at the next table create a quick but detailed drawing by maneuvering a pen in both right and left hands while the black and white film "Pork Chop Hill" plays silently on the wall beside him. (Perhaps the ambidextrous artist's drawing will hang with the many others over a booth near the entry.) You came for the European-influenced menu that's still whimsical enough to use tater tots as an ingredient.