Lakewood Has It All, From The Eastside Of Town, To The West End Tavern
About thirty years ago, when I was in my prime, I used to hang out at the taverns in Lakewood, didn’t everybody? Then life happened, I went through a divorce, moved to Avon Lake, then San Diego. Fast forward, life happened again, my mom passed and now I’m not only back in Ohio, but back in Lakewood.
I couldn’t be happier with the improvements I’ve seen in Lakewood since I’ve been back in town. One being some of my old haunts are still the same, but new and improved. The West End Tavern was a place to go back in the day for weekend Brunch, Bloody Mary Bar and Sunday’s Mega Mimosa’s.
Let’s not forget lunch folks, I walked into the West End the other day for lunch, after almost thirty years, and I still felt I was home. Parnell, the owner, recognized me after all this time, how is that possible? OK, let’s chit chat after I get some food in me. The specials were listed outside, on a sandwich board. A plethora of choices, but I had a hankering for fish! No problem, I was told.
I ordered Walleye, with asparagus, and some of their famous Grandma’s coleslaw, (not sure whose Grandma). Alrighty now, we can commence with the small talk. The energy in the place felt good, the chi must be flowing in the right direction today. The lighting was just right, the array of pictures around the tavern gave you a comfortable nostalgic feeling, bringing back memories from days gone by. The picture that stood out was a framed photo of John Lennon, it’s nice to know he’s not forgotten.
Food’s here, now’s the test, us former Chefs are the most critical. The presentation of the Walleye looked inviting, especially with enough lemon, (I’m a lemon freak). Why is it, when you go to a nice restaurant and order fresh fish, you get one piece of lemon? I always end up asking the server for more, but NOT here. So far, so good. Yum, the Walleye, which I asked for blackened, melted in my mouth like butter, served with a side of their Tequila Lime Aioli. The asparagus was crisp, I absolutely loved the aioli, and I was too full for the coleslaw, but tasted it, a little on the sweet side, which I like.
What impressed me most, is the feeling of being welcomed, not rushed, or ignored and treated like a guest in your home. I’m a happy camper, and definitely will be back to try the weekend brunch specials and the Mimosas.
Bloody Mary Bar/Sat-11am Sunday Brunch/Mega Mimosas-10am, Mon-Fri/11:30am-2:30am 18514 Detroit Ave. 216-521-7684
Eva Starr recently moved back to her heartland state of Ohio, after the transition of her mother. Starr spent the last ten years in San Diego digesting the alluring buffet of wisdom the West Coast had to offer. While there she attended the San Diego Culinary Institute, and worked as a chef in San Diego.
Starr also published her book Quit ‘Should-ing’ on Yourself, while in San Diego featured at the 2016 LA Times Book Festival, and Oprah Winfrey’s Reading Room.
She continues to follow her metaphysical path, teaching Astrology, hosting her television show Reach for the Moon, and exploring the diversified culinary delights Lakewood has to offer.