This week’s review is for John Devereux’s Tavern, 37 Devereux St., Utica. Reporter Samantha Madison and Photo Editor Sarah Condon ate there recently and had this to say:

This week’s review is for John Devereux’s Tavern, 37 Devereux St., Utica. Reporter Samantha Madison and Photo Editor Sarah Condon ate there recently and had this to say:

About the restaurant: Before it closed, The Dev had become known for the original bands it booked, cheap drinks, a dark dance floor and funky bathroom murals. After it closed at the end of 2016, Utica mourned its favorite hipster spot for about 11 months. Cue the Celtic Harp’s Tom Powers and Tim Starsiak, who teamed up to completely redo the bar and re-opened the doors Nov. 11.

The renewed look includes fresh decor, rehabbed wood floors, a cleaned-up entrance, some new seating, an extended bar and brighter lighting that makes the place more welcoming and open. And yes, the bathroom walls have been freshly painted.

You seat yourself when you walk in, and the staff is quick to make sure you have menus, get whatever drink you want and have all your questions answered.

Our server was just the right mix of polite and sarcastic; he cracked jokes, checked on us frequently — but not too frequently — and was willing to deal with the nightmare that was us deciding how to split our check when it was time to leave.

What we ordered: Strawberry lime infused waters, $1.50 each; French dip with German potato salad, $9; chicken cutlet sandwich with German potato salad, $9.

Samantha’s review: I was planning on getting regular water, until the server offered up strawberry lime infused water. It had a great flavor and was a refreshing change to your average water. I ordered the chicken cutlet sandwich, which came on Utica Bread, with a side of German potato salad. The sandwich was topped with Swiss, bacon and mayo, which was simple but delicious. The chicken was juicy, the bacon just crispy enough and the flavors complemented each other well. I could eat that sandwich once a week, at least. I wish the Observer-Dispatch was closer so we could qualify for free delivery — which they have for the state and county office buildings, the courthouse and Adirondack Bank.

Sarah's review: I ordered the strawberry lime infused water. It was a nice alternative to plain water as I don't drink soda, and it was very refreshing. I ordered the French dip with a side of German potato salad. The sandwich came on a huge piece of Utica Bread baguette. The beef was thinly sliced, and you could tell it was freshly made in-house. There was some mayonnaise spread on the top bun, and a cup of warm “au jus” served on the side to dip the sandwich in. The sandwich was so big I couldn't finish it. The German potato salad was a nice change from the usual side choices. It was made in house, seasoned well and the best part is there was bacon in it. A pickle came on the side as well. The atmosphere was great, a casual dining room with natural light. The service was excellent and our server was very friendly, helpful and informative. I would go back again if I had time for a sit-down lunch.

What we liked best: We were torn between our favorite part being the server — who was a lot of fun and really made the experience that much better — and the fact that there was bacon in the potato salad. Who doesn’t like surprise bacon in their potato salad?

What could be improved: The menu has only a handful of items, so if someone is picky or has allergies, it may be more challenging to find something to eat.