Lakewood's Best Kept Secret...
One of Lakewood’s Best Kept Secrets…
Everyone knows that Pier W is a destination for that special occasion. And should know that Sunday brunch can only be equaled on a cruise ship for variety. It's the most romantic place to dine, according to Cleveland Magazine and others.The happy hour is exceptional, but few people think about it as a great place for lunch.
Lunch at Pier W brings you the same great views, service and exceptional food, at a much smaller price. This makes it a great place to stop by, relax, entertain clients and friends while having a very special time for all.
For this lunch we arrived around 1pm, hoping to avoid any rush and getting a window seat. But there were enough people left from the early seating relaxing and enjoying a cocktail or dessert filling the lower deck. The hostess reminded us that “it is best to make a reservation for a window seat” and that we were welcome to wait in the bar, and one should open shortly. As this meal was more about lunch, and talking with friends than the view, we said any seat would do. She still found us a nice seat in the upper section with a spectacular view of the lake, and away from the crowd so we could talk.
The meal started off with Pier W’s Lobster Bisque, which is one of the best variations on that classic in the area. It was followed by an entree special of Cod over linguine with a garlic, basil, and roasted tomato cream sauce. It was a huge portion for lunch, beautifully plated. Braised Angus Beef Pierogis with Caramelized Cippolini Jus were succulent and bursting with flavor. And my favorite Lake Erie Walleye and Vegetables, in a light tempura batter, with Fresh Ginger Ailoi, and Panzu. The bisque is amazing, perfect texture with tender lobster bits, one friend spoke about how the best Lobster Bisque she ever had was… that conversation soon ended as she took sip after sip of Pier W’s version.
All of the items were fabulous, and lived up to the view and the amazing service, which saw our server attentive, but never bothersome. She stood back and let the conversation flow, and stepped in as soon as it looked like she was needed. This is the sign of a pro, and everyone at Pier W are pros, and deserving of the praise. Even the manager would come by smiling, asking how everything was, and remembering the last time we had been there and asking how we were. The bill for this fabulous lunch came to $64.00 which to put in perspective compares to two Corned Beef sandwiches with fries we had at Slyman’s last week for $52.00! Which underlines that great food, atmosphere and service does not have to cost an arm and a leg.
The only thing that could make this lunch better is if the Lakewood Observer uses it in their Foodwood section and pays for the lunch!
Publisher, Lakewood Observer, Inc.