Why? Deagan’s Kitchen!

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I tend to go in spurts with restaurants. I’ll end up somewhere three times in a month, then not end up back there for a long time. So it was with Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar, one of my favorite Lakewood spots. I hadn’t been in ages and then, in the span of a month, ended up there for lunch and dinner.

Deagan’s recently changed chefs to Chef Tim Bando and I was excited to check out the revamped menu. There is an expanded selection of small plates, as well as new large plate offerings. When I was there for lunch with Mom, we chose a variety of small plates.

We started with the baked goat cheese with spicy tomato sauce, basil, and crostini.

The goat cheese was mild and tasty, but there was too much sauce and not enough crostini. Portioned correctly, this would be a great dish.

Mom and I then shared the mac ‘n cheese, seared scallops, and a side of the Brussels sprouts.

The scallops were perfectly cooked and the pomegranate and grapefruit added a nice fresh tang to the dish. The shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon would make anyone willingly eat their veggies.

The mac ‘n cheese was creamy, hearty, and perfect for a cold day! We paired our lunch with a couple of Deagan’s many craft beers on tap. The Anderson Valley Winter Solstice and the Gouden Carolus Noel are two of my seasonal favorites there.

Never ones to pass up dessert, Mom chose the creme brulee and I had the white cake plum cobbler.

Deagan’s desserts are huge, so splitting is probably a good idea. I loved the plum cobbler, which was more cake than cobbler, but not too sweet and very moist.

A couple weeks later, I found myself back at Deagan’s for a long overdue dinner with Julie and Alicia.

This time the good Polish girl in my couldn’t pass up the housemade pierogies, which change daily. That night, the pierogies were Reuben-style, with corned beef, Thousand Island, and sauerkraut.

The pierogies were nicely browned and slightly crisp on the outside and stuffed with delicious filling. You get 2 on the small plate, which is plenty, especially when you pair it with a side of the house fries.

Topped with Romano and truffle oil, these are some seriously tasty taters. We happened to be there on a Monday night, which means half-priced bottles of wine. A bottle of wine for $11? Yes please, times two.

All in all, Deagan’s has changed some items on their menu but they are still serving up really tasty gastropub fare in a relaxed environment with some of the nicest servers you’ll ever want to meet.

And if you really want to take advantage of Deagan’s awesome holiday beer selection, then check out their Christmas Beer Dinner on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm, featuring Bell’s Winter White Ale, Fat Heads’ Holly Jolly, 3 Floyds’ Alpha Klaus, and more. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.

5 Responses

  1. What is the sauce on the pierogi? Aioli? Looks so good. I haven’t been there in maybe 3 months and already it seems like ages. It’s great when everything on the menu at a restaurant appeals to you!

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