Local Tavern

August 11, 2021 at 12:28 PM 1 comment

Our first trip to Local Tavern was a week or two before the whole world shut down for COVID. This was an interesting find. We had no idea what we wanted and neither of us had a taste for anything in particular. We sat in the theater parking lot considering a number of dining options. We almost half-heartedly agreed on a place when we decided to see what was “nearby” on Yelp. Searching based on distance provides a result filled with every fast-food joint in the area, but if you can overlook these, it can be helpful. We came upon Local Tavern. It triggered some recollections and we decided the search was over. We were going to try Local Tavern. Now that we are “getting back to normal” we again started to think about the great first meal we had there. A second visit was in order.

We’ve probably driven down this portion of Chardon Road a dozen times in recent memory, but never noticed the place. It looks like a typical neighborhood bar. Without paying attention, you might expect them to serve an adequate burger and a cold beer. What we got was much more.

Expecting a much different answer, Michele asked our server if the fish was fresh. She was told that, “we bread the fillets in-house, every day.” What arrived at the table was a half-dozen smaller perch fillets with nary a drop of residual cooking oil or grease that were soft and flaky inside and crunchy outside. Michele felt they were perfect. Jeff ordered the Shephard’s Pie and was equally surprised by a version made with shredded beef, not the obligatory ground meat. A balsamic drizzle added a nice tang to a dish that can sometimes be boring. When we asked about dessert, we were again told that everything is made in-house. There was no conversation, a wonderful Banana Crème Pie appeared and then disappeared.

Local Tavern – Perch Sandwich and Fries

On our second visit, Michele tried the Perch Sandwich and was again very pleased with the quality of the fish and fries. This time, Jeff tried the Shrimp and Grits. Like the Shepard’s Pie before, the name was a yeoman descriptor for a dish far more exciting than you might expect. The grits were fried into a block with the grilled shrimp placed on top covered by the delightful Cajun sauce. A spunky slaw with Chinese noodles sat on top. It was crazy-good.

Local Tavern – Shrimp and Grits

Looks can be deceiving. When we entered Local Tavern the first time, a bunch of folks were at the bar watching the football playoff games. In the dining area, we saw some young couples on a date and a table full of older people enjoying a congenial get-together. On our post-COVID visit, most of the people were “out-back” on the patio, the dining room taken over by a big family reunion. Each of these groups was getting something different from the place and this hard-working spot delivered on all accounts. That is really a remarkable achievement and one we will be happy to celebrate with additional visits.

http://www.golocaltavern.com/ 29007 Chardon Road Willoughby Hills, OH 44092 440-943-5926

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. judith hiinski  |  August 11, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Looks like you found another good spot to dine!


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