Restaurants in Avon Lake Ohio
Among the entrees on Parker's menu is a large bone-in pork chop marinaded in coffee and molasses.jpg
Plump and juicy and grilled to a turn, the 16-ounce molasses-and-coffee-glazed pork chop with a drift of satisfying smashed potatoes is one of the hearty entrees at Parker's Grille & Tavern in Avon Lake. (Courtesy, Parker's Grille)
AVON LAKE, Ohio - Sometime during my first visit to Parker's Grille & Tavern I thought to myself, "I really like this place."
Which gave me pause, particularly when it came time to declare my ardor publicly. After all, there are plenty of casual neighborhood spots cut from similar cloth, most of them dime-a-dozen operations whose chief distinction is a kind of homogenized "comfy-ness" that droops in the harsh light of scrutiny.
Parker's, on the other hand, holds up. I'd lay credit to the restaurant's vitality in the hands of co-proprietors James Mowbray and Paul Kalberer, who's also executive chef. The duo tempered their talents in one of the industry's hottest crucibles, Morton's of Chicago: over the past decade they led the front- and back-house operations at the chain's Tower City location in Cleveland.
Though Parker's is no Morton's - neither in tone, focus, or deep-pocket allure - the partners and the team they've amassed maintain similar standards. Greeters and servers are professional yet cordial, in a genuinely glad-you've-stopped-by sort of way. In an early interview Mowbray was clear that he and Kalberer intended a casual, affordable place, not a "destination."
The menu they feature has a cover-all-bases kind of appeal, hitting all the common notes while employing just enough panache to keep things interesting. So do many chains, at least in theory. The chief difference is that under Kalberer's generally watchful eye, most everything I sampled was executed with precision. That's rarely the case in chainland, where the results sink into flaccid mediocrity.
Often they're little touches, like the fresh-tasting blue cheese and Thousand Island dressings offered with the House Wedge Salad ($5, or $4 when ordered with any dinner entree) and the crunchy chunks of thick bacon chips scattered among the accompanying diced tomato and frizzled onion crisps. (Parker's Grilled Caesar, also $5, is quite good, though not edged with quite the smokey char I'd anticipated.)
The kitchen's attention is magnified when it comes to quality ingredients, like the seven snapping-crisp shrimp that arrived - otherwise unadorned, apart from an adequate plank of garlic bread - in a pool of buttery buffalo-style sauce under the label "Hot & Spicy Shrimp" ($10). Kalberer's crabcakes ($11 for a pair of moderately-sized cakes) are plump and zesty without overwhelming the plump chunks of sweet crab meat. Better than Morton's, I daresay.
Parker's Norm Burger is a massive gobstopper with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink array of toppings, on a good bakery bun. It's definitely big enough to share.Courtesy, Parker's Grille
Because this is not a steakhouse per se, Parker's leans heavily on casual offerings. Burgers, along with a selection of sandwiches (including a very good crab cake sandwich, $13) play a prominent role on the menu.How to make ice cream without ice cream maker? What does mind mean? How to be a detective? What does god say about me? How to extract pages from pdf? What are picatinny rails? How to take care of lavender plant? What is the meaning of nincompoop? How to make widgets on iphone? How to calculate grades? How to create a shared calendar in outlook? How chris angel does his tricks? What does the name landon mean? What is the meaning of wrd? How to treat ant bites? How many exemptions on taxes tips secrets? music teachers helper how to forward domain Teach me how to dougie? What does ipo mean in stocks? How to describe yourself? What is the meaning of fourth of july? What are eggs benedict? What is the meaning of the buddha? How to do tricks on bike in destiny? What does the blue stripe on the american flag mean? How do you spell me joke meaning? How to get stronger? How do i turn off the tips days gone game? what is the verb in the lord is my helper what is sync helper Linus tech tips how to build a desktop? What does doxxing mean? What does it mean if your nose itches? How to frost cupcakes with tips? Lord i've seen what you've done for others meaning? How to make hair fluffy? how to use git credential helper What does totes mean? what does helper mean on craigslist Where can i buy russian piping tips in cleveland? How to tell if a wound is healing or infected? How to fight manhwa? What is the meaning of dda? How to ride a bike? what is that little hollogram helper thing on websites What does dms mean? What are the three main components of connective tissue? how to install helper springs on nissan frontier What does hb mean? how do i get from 2340 w. 2500 n. helper ut to carbon county event center in price, ut How to measure waist? what is the main target of hiv in the body? helper t cells What time does dying light 2 come out on xbox? What does the number 12 mean in the bible? Where do i buy a hoola hoop for tricks? How to make hamburgers? What tricks do women use to keep their lips in a pleasant appearance on tv or in pageants? How much do you bench meaning? How to clear my cache? How to check what graphics card you have? what is password helper What is the meaning of semiconservative replication? Youtube how to always out pvp people in hypixel skywars 2018 tips and tricks? How many pounds of sirloin steak tips per person? What is the meaning of ngo? How to relieve back pain fast? What is the meaning of high hematocrit? How to lose 50 pounds in 3 months? What meaning does the use of personification convey brainly? What does being septic mean? How to avoid yeast infections? What does ast mean in a blood test? What does it mean when your legs feel heavy? How to make gravy for beef tips? What does a charge off mean on your credit report? What is a gi? How to clean breville espresso machine? How to train your dragon movie? What are whole numbers? How long to leave bleach in hair? What does pushing p'' mean tiktok? What is the meaning of who is candice? When you're born into a burning house meaning? How to do tricks with a magic yoyo? I know what i bring to the table quotes meaning? How to lose water weight fast? What does it mean when your finger tips go numb? What is the meaning of amendment 6? What currency does mexico use? What does boho mean? At what age can you teach a puppy tricks? What is mcm mean? How to change email on facebook? What the meaning of pushing p? Zodiac signs and what they mean? How to set up alexa dot? How to do cool tricks on a trampoline? How to cook chicken tenderloins? What is glaucoma? What tips to use for royal icing? What does simplify mean in math? How to get tips as a waiter?