Beer Engine Hosts Second Eaters Of Lakewood Event

For their second monthly meeting, The Eaters of Lakewood sank their teeth into Lakewood’s Buckeye Beer Engine, a locally owned restaurant and bar known for their gourmet burgers which perfectly compliment a wide selection of over a hundred different beers (some of which brewed right in their own basement). The Beer Engine prides themselves on their unique and ever-changing draft list, which creates a new dining experience for their patrons on a nightly basis. They are constantly putting new beers on tap, holding special events, beer dinners and glass promotions.

On Saturday, February 27th EOL set up shop in a similar fashion as was the case at last month’s eatery, 56 West. Members positioned their booth in clear view of the entrance so anyone could walk up and learn what they were all about. EOL is always more than happy to share their philosophy of enjoying good food while helping promote local business.

The booth included a modest sign advertising the group, a stack of observation cards, raffle tickets and a deposit box. Once again anyone could enter their names for a $25 gift card (tickets sold for 25 cents each or five for a dollar). This months lucky winner, Cheryl Bindel, was named on the EOL Facebook site the following Tuesday.

Participants rated their dining experience on a scale of 1 to 5. Aspects included atmosphere, cleanliness, staff performance and food. On this particular evening the atmosphere held an average score of 4.1 while the friendliness of staff took the lead score of 4.7 out of 5 (food came in second with a 4.6 and overall cleanliness received a 4.4). After rating their experience the back of each card could be used as space for comments and further observations. One contributor stated, “Very loud on a Saturday night but great experience over all. Burger was cooked perfectly.” Others commented on the tasty food and friendly staff. Many also mentioned that the place could be, “Very loud, but fun,” as well as a bit crowded. This may not be your first choice for a quiet family dinner, but you can’t expect anything less from a popular Lakewood night spot.

And so, another EOL event comes to a close with its members walking away stuffed and happy courtesy of the Beer Engine’s diverse menu selection. Among the items consumed there was everything from pulled pork and Portobello sandwiches to Tuscan burgers, fried pickles, wings and even adobo beef egg rolls.

Next month EOL will be hitting up Sullivan’s Irish Pub on March 27th continuing their quest for finding all the best eateries in Lakewood. Anyone can walk in from 6-10pm and participate in the event and enter another raffle. So far, participation and ticket sales have been on a steady rise. For those wishing to win one of EOL's future raffles, President Christopher Bindel has this helpful piece of advice: “Stop by an EOL event, support the local restaurant, join in the fun, and, or course, don't forget to buy raffle tickets!”

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 8:26 AM, 03.10.2010