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Eating Out with Family 
Apr. 17, 2010 5:05 am 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2010 3:10 am
Does your family have a favorite restaurant - you know, the one that's always picked for those special occasions?  We found ours about 6 or 7 years ago.  It's about 55 minutes from home - which some people might think is way too far to drive - but we live in the country - all restaurants (except fast food and our favorite Mexican place) are at least 1/2 hour away.

Ours is called The Spread Eagle Tavern -it's located in Hanoverton, Ohio and it is very historical.  The town of Hanover was once a bustling "metropolis" with over 3,500 residents - more people than the city of Cleveland, Ohio at the time!  The canal ran thru Hanover, the reason for all the people.  Spread Eagle was an Inn built in 1837.  President Lincoln once stopped there and gave a speech on his way to Illinois.  After the railroad came thru and the canal shut down, Hanover became a sleepy little rural town.  I don't think there are 3,500 residents there now.  But, Spread Eagle is still an Inn, located on a historic street - looking much like it always did.  There are 2 large main dining rooms that are very rustic and have huge wood-burning fireplaces in them.  Then there are many smaller dining rooms and almost all have fireplaces in them as well.  There are also 5 rooms you can stay overnight in.  One is purported to be haunted.  We stayed there on our anniversary a couple years ago.  I wanted to see the ghost so bad, or at least hear her.  No luck.  We will go back again. In the morning they serve you a delicious homestyle country breakfast. 

We've celebrated anniversaries, our daughter's college graduation, niece's high school graduation, and many other occasions there with both family and friends.  So, the reason for this blog.

My son (my Baby!!) turned 21 on April 15th.  When he was home for Spring Break we took him to the Spread Eagle and he told our favorite server that he was coming back on his 21st to share a drink with her.  She said that she would do that.  So, last night we hauled the family on down to celebrate the special Birthday.  There were 8 of us that could make it; me, my husband, daughter and son-in-law, my parents, my brother, and of course the Birthday Boy.  They put us back in a nice, intimate dining room that really was just a large dining room like in a house - with just one table in it.  It overlooked the Taft Courtyard which is very pretty when it is lit up.  Did I mention this restaurant has very "political roots"?  The owner is a staunch Republican and many politicians, ambassadors, important people come there to eat.  There are many pictures on the walls and each chair has a brass plate with someone famous' name on it. 

Anyways - we had our favorite server.  She handed the Birthday Boy the wine menu and told him to choose whatever he wanted.  Oh boy!  I was worried, let me tell you.  Anyone who knows Steve knows he likes the "cadillac" version of everything - from baseball gloves to shotguns!  They have bottles of wine on that list that cost over $150.  He was careful, maybe he's grown up a little and understands how hard we work for our money??!!  He chose a nice bottle of Merlot and a bottle of Chardonnay - both around $30 each.  They both were very tasty, as well.  My son has now informed us - he likes wine.  He likes Jack Daniels Single Barrel.  He likes Patron Tequila.  He loves guiness beer.  And, when he first got home last evening - he and dad enjoyed a snifter of Balvenie Scotch.  He thinks that's his favorite!  What have I raised??!!  :-D 

In addition to good drink and good company - there was plenty of Great food!  My brother ordered duck schnitzel that looked fabulous.  Steve had osso buco that he loved.  A few orders of prime rib and steak.  I had chicken portabello and it was very good.   Desserts also were fantastic.  Most of us had cheesecake and it put me over the top.  I'm not sure I'll be eating much today!!

When the meal was over and the bill delivered, the server came in with 2 glasses of red wine.  She didn't forget her promise.  She handed one to Steve and she kept one and toasted the Birthday Boy.  A perfect ending to a perfect evening!
Apr. 17, 2010 5:41 am
Nice tale. We have one too, a Chinese retaurant I recommended in one of our blogs...nmo it was in a Top * section once. Glad you enjoyed it, and congrats to B'day boy.
Apr. 17, 2010 5:41 am
Top 3, I meant...sorry
Apr. 17, 2010 5:45 am
Thanks, Phil. I love Chinese. The best I ever had was in a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
Apr. 17, 2010 5:54 am
Aren't these times shared with family just the BEST of life? Such a nice story Mother Ann... :)
Apr. 17, 2010 6:19 am
My "baby" turning 21 was harder on me than me looking at 50! Glad you had such a memorable time. Hope you have many more at the favorite spot.
Apr. 17, 2010 8:19 am
Great story Mother Ann, it's nice you have a goto place to eat and make family memories. We have recently moved to Lancaster,Pa and haven't found our local goto place yet. There is a similar Inn near us called The Revere Tavern with a historical back ground. We have yet to go due to a 11 mo., 2Yr. and 11 Yr. old!! I'm glad you all got together to celebrate! Happy Belated Bday to your son!
Apr. 17, 2010 8:21 am
You know, I think him turning 21 was hard on me. It's tough to no longer have my "baby". :-) Though I'm sure he'll still be calling when he needs some $$, he is still a poor college kid!
Apr. 17, 2010 9:13 am
Ahh such a lovely story to share.
Apr. 17, 2010 4:03 pm
All of our favorite restaurants are gone. The memories of times inside them are still with us, though.
Apr. 17, 2010 4:07 pm
Perhaps you will discover, Mother Ann, that your baby will remain your baby as my wife did. He's nearly 40 now, and fully enjoys the "take home stuff" Chocolate chip cookies, home made bread etc. And he's the oldest baby!
Apr. 17, 2010 4:58 pm
I told him last night when he left to go back to school that he may think he's all grown up now and a man, but in my eyes he'll always be my "precious baby sweetheart" as I've fondly called him most of his life. :-)
Apr. 17, 2010 8:19 pm
Hey Mother Ann, I'd love to try that place out sometime, sounds great! My 21st b-day is August 5th. *wink wink* :P haha
Apr. 18, 2010 4:59 am
Crystal - my daughter (Kristal) will be 25 on Aug. 19th!
Apr. 18, 2010 10:21 am
Our family favorite might be the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. We have celebrated many family anniversaries there. The building is historic, the surrondings are beautiful. It is on the old Boston Post Road, and was a tavern way back when Longfellow wrote about it. There is a grist mill and a pretty white spired church within walking distance, and most importantly, the food is fantastic! The very best 10 star roast pork I've ever had. I wanted to pick my plate up and lick it, but there were too many cameras around. We used to enjoy the Toll House in Whitman, Ma, (the one where the chocolate chip toll house cookies were invented). But an arsonist burnt it down. There is something about historic buildings that seems to validify family milestones. It really helps if the food is good too.
Apr. 19, 2010 3:10 am
I love historic places and the Wayside Inn sounds really neat. And, yes - if the food is good it is even better!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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