Restaurant review: Grovewood Tavern

A few weeks back, we had a chance to visit Grovewood Tavern for a night out on the town. Which, at this point, means we eat an early dinner and are home by 8.

Grovewood is truly a neighborhood gem, as it’s literally located in the middle of a neighborhood in Euclid. No shopping strip or plazas, just houses. It’s a bit eclectic, but has the “feel” of a tavern, whatever that is. The menu is quite wide-ranging, not like your stereotypical pub food.

Ah yes, the food, the only real reason I write these up. For a starter, we tried the forest mushroom pate, a blend of mushroom, walnuts, and red onions. Served with bite-sized crostini, this was a nice way to begin the meal. It was light, but had a nice earthy flavor.

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S, as she often does, tried the blackened diver scallops. The scallops were poached in an ancho honey cream, with chorizo, cheddar, and scallion whipped potatoes. These were excellent, with a hint of heat in the cream sauce, but nothing overbearing. And the potatoes, well, what do you think happens when you add sausage and cheese to mashed potatoes? Near-divinity.

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I partook in a tender bison pot roast. Slow-braised, and served over fresh gnocchi and root vegetables. Fell apart with merely a glance.

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Dessert, as it somehow seems to end up being quite a bit, was a moist, flavorful caramel bread pudding.

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The verdict: Grovewood Tavern gets 5 1/2 stars out of seven. The food was great, service was great (probably the quickest entree delivery we’ve ever had), and prices were, for the most part, perfectly reasonable, with a few ranging toward the high side (entrees run from $17 to $29), . Very nice experience.

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