"You are a stranger here but once", says the menu at The Friendly Tavern, and it _is_ a friendly place. The waitstaff scrambled about eagerly to arrange tables so we could sit together, and were very polite and friendly in general. It's a pleasant place, reminiscent of a British pub, but with better lighting and a higher ceiling. The walls are attractively covered in wooden wainscotting and dark green paisley wallpaper. I didn't detect a hint of smoke in the non-smoking area. My only complaint about the environment is that it's a bit loud. This always seems to be a hazard in places that have more elderly patrons, as this place does. There aren't any soft surfaces to muffle the noise either, but I suppose that would interfere with the ambience: it just wouldn't be the same here with a drop ceiling of acoustic tile. Oh, and the place started becoming warm as it filled up with patrons (mostly men: I think we found where the husbands go when their wives meet at Brix), but not too uncomfortably so. The beverages are Pepsi products, so I just had water to drink. Lemon was provided without my needing to ask. (Chris ordered lemonade, and it was pink: I just don't understand pink lemonade. It's like _advertising_ that no real fruit were harmed in the making of the beverage.) A turkey reuben was available (and Aimee's looked quite good), but I stuck with good old corned beef. The sandwich came out with dressing on the side (always a nice touch) and a helping of slightly stale ripple chips. The bread was a nice marbled rye. It was served cheese-side up, so I quickly flipped it before the bread could get soggy. It's probably a good thing I did: the sandwich was nice and juicy, and I probably could have used a second napkin. The sandwich was a decent size, but I would have preferred something a bit larger for the price I paid, or perhaps fries or onion rings (mmmm) instead of chips. Tastewise, it was excellent, with the flavors blending nicely. We also noticed that several other patrons had ordered Reubens, which is quite unusual, and I take that as a good sign that the quality of our sandwich and service that day was not a fluke. If you want a Zionsville Reuben (beef or turkey), I can certainly recommend the Friendly Tavern.