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!