Hope you had a fabulous weekend, CLE! I’m foregoing my usual Why? Weekends! post. For an update on this past weekend, simply see this post from Saturday. And thanks for all the congrats and warm wishes…CLE-ers are the best!
On Thursday night, CLEguy and I took his dad (CLEfuture-father-in-law) out to dinner at one of our favorite spots: Grovewood Tavern. Grovewood Tavern is located in the Collinwood neighborhood of CLE, not far from the Beachland Ballroom. One of the things I love the most about Grovewood is the small, intimate dining room lit with white twinkly lights.
Our server, James, was fantastic and we got to chatting , since I heard Grovewood Tavern had recently switched chefs and I wanted more details. James told us that since Grovewood Tavern is not a chef-run restaurant, chefs come and go a lot – spending some time in the tiny kitchen making culinary magic (and an impact on the menu) before moving on. That’s another great aspect to Grovewood Tavern – while you’ll see new items and specials, the menu anchors remain the same.
Grovewood Tavern has a fun and inventive cocktail menu, but we stuck to wine, selecting a bottle of Norman Vineyards The Monster, which is one of my go-to wine choices. After some delicious bread with olive oil, balsamic, and garlic dipping sauce, we dove into our entrees. CLEguy selected my absolute favorite Grovewood Tavern dish: the seared tuna loin.
There is so much going on with this dish, but all of it works together perfectly. Seared rare tuna coated with sesame seeds, wasabi, pickled ginger, soy sauce, seaweed salad, and shrimp chips. And then the noodles…spicy sesame Asian noodles that are simply amazing! This is a must-try dish!
I chose the pasta special: linguine with a garlic cream sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and duck. This once again proves I will order anything with duck. The pasta was perfectly cooked. Grovewood Tavern gets all its pastas from Ohio City Pasta, so big ups for buying local! The cream sauce was delicious – it stuck to the pasta without being too heavy and the flavors of the duck, mushrooms, and spinach really came through.
CLEguy’s dad chose the chicken marsala: the classic dish with exotic mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and fresh zucchini. He raved about this dish!
We of course had to save room for dessert!
CLEguy and I split (yup, we were so full I SPLIT a dessert) the caramel pecan cake. The fluffy cake was loaded with sweet pecans and topped with ice cream. Over all that was a fleur de sel caramel sauce. For dessert, there is not much I love more than the combination of caramel and sea salt. This dessert was a win all around.
CLEguy’s dad chose the classic creme brulee. The traditional vanilla bean custard was perfectly executed: light and creamy, with a crispy sugar topping and fresh berries.
Grovewood Tavern consistently delivers delicious food, outstanding service, and a cozy atmosphere. Definitely check it out the next time you’re looking for a great CLE dining experience!