While I getting ready for a fabulous vacation, my friend and amazing blogger Amanda from Clue into Cleveland is helping me out and giving you a taste of Lorain county that will make you want to jump in your car and take a drive. Her blog is full of fun things to do around town - make sure you check it out.
Thanks Amanda for a drool worthy post!
Although I live out in Avon Lake, Scott and I tend to grab our post-work bites-to-eat downtown or on the near-east and westsides. What can I say? There are so many great options from E4th to Shaker to Tremont and Ohio City, it's hard to find time to explore outside.
However, after reading @MoninaW's review about Strip Steakhouse in Olde Avon Village, Scott and I knew we'd have to make time to try it out. Strip Steakhouse opened a few years ago under the helm of local chef, entrepreneur, and historian Ron Larson. With a passion for both creating and preserving, Larson has helped build the Olde Avon Village over the last 15 years -- relocating and restoring local historical structures and bringing in boutique shops.
Prior to Strip, Larson opened the Tree House Gallery and Tea Room in the century old Alten Home, which offers a lunch menu known for its lobster bisque, along with a collection of antiques, gift items, folk art, and wines for sale.
|Patio Fountain overlooking Olde Avon Village|
Scott and I have headed to Strip a few times since reading Monina's review. We've taken both sets of meat-loving parents during their recent visits and have also grabbed a quick dinner and drink in their bar on occasion.
The barn's oversized doors are the first thing that impress as you park and walk up to the restaurant. After the doors close behind you, you're wrapped within the dark warmth of Strip's interior.
|Strip interior bar|
However, this is Eat*Drink*Cleveland so let's talk about the menu!
As a steakhouse, Strip is heaven for quality beef lovers. There are 6 regularly featured steaks on their menu - ranging in size from the 10 oz. Jake's Steak sirloin to the 24 oz. Big Daddy porterhouse rubbed in sea salt, fresh garlic, and lemon.
My personal favorite is the 12 oz. butcher-trimmed strip steak, topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms, while Scott prefers the 22 oz. bone-in ribeye (honestly, he really wants their 32 oz. bone-in but is reserving that challenge for his 30th birthday).
(dishes don’t come with sides, though you can purchase one like this which is a serving for 2)
Specifically, each steak comes with a choice of one sauce or one compound butter. The Apple Honey Bacon has been an ideal complement for all of the steaks we've ordered; though the Blueberry Taragon Brandy sauce has been calling my name for our next outing.
While it's their specialty, there are many other options beyond the steak. After Scott's mother enjoyed Le Snoot, a 16 oz. citrus spice grilled pork porterhouse, I'm thinking I may have to branch out a bit.
The times we've gone to Strip for just a small meal, Scott and I tend to stick to their salads and starters menus, which offer a variety of excellent small plates.
To drink, Strip offers an ample selection of wine, along with playful cocktails like the delicious Black Jack featuring black raspberry, ginger ale, soda and Jack.
I enjoy this because it doesn't feel like they're trying to rush you out for the next group, even on an evening when they're packed with reservations. However, if you're looking for a more casual dining experience, the bar and downstairs seating offers a quick alternative.
However, it's an experience more than worth the price that Scott and I will be saving as a go-to for special occasions. Moreso, Strip has been an excellent lesson in the hidden and unexpected treasures awaiting us throughout Northeast Ohio's suburbs.
Strip is located at 36840 Detroit Rd. in Avon, OH and is open Tuesday through Sunday. The bar opens at 3pm, while dinner is served starting at 4pm. Follow them on Twitter @StripSteakHouse.
Up next, another spot in Lorain county will be featured when Adventures of a Trapped 300 Pound Man shows off Oberlin. Stay tuned!