Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Great Food - Great Beer - Great Times

Kettle Chips Supreme
I’d like to begin this review with a summation of my dining experience at the Brew Garden… out of this world!  I just didn’t expect walking into this hip and modern eatery that the food an the brew would set them so far apart from their competition.  Head Chef Ryan Bennett puts forth a menu designed to impress, and impress it does.  It is certainly one of the most unique menus I’ve encountered with choices to please all who dine here.  And if you happen to be a fan of uniquely crafted beers like I am, bar manager Sue Deck has put together over 30 craft beers to refresh and invigorate.

Craft Beer Sampler
Starting off this incredible dining experience, we were served Kettle Chips Supreme.  I’ve had homemade potato chips in other establishments, but never with perfectly cooked smoked bacon, creamy blue cheese and scallions!  They were like eating loaded potato skins with real crunch.  In order to get the full effect, they were accompanied by a tasting of a few samples of crafted brews.

Strawberry Field
I have to admit I like salads, especially salads as refreshing and satisfying as their seasonal Strawberry Field.  The strawberries were fresh and sweet, the feta cheese was creamy, the red onion and candied nuts had a wonderful sweetness, and the dried cherries added a wonderful chewy texture.  You can add chicken to make this a meal you’ll want to come back for.  Other salads include the Apple Orchard made with Granny Smith, dried cherries, goat cheese, candied nuts and red onions with balsamic vinaigrette.  If that doesn’t convince you to try a salad, they offer a Balsamic Glazed Salmon with roasted tomatoes, feta cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette, Yum.  Our salad was accompanied with beer designed for the female market by Goose Island.  Sophie and Matilda are two beers with very unique flavor profiles, giving the taster a spiciness of white pepper and citrus that even the boys will enjoy, I did.
Fire In The Hole

For the sake of full disclosure I can tell you I'm a burger snob. I judge restaurants based on their ability to deliver a good burger, and my reasoning is that if the kitchen can deliver a good burger then it stands to reason the rest of the menu will be enjoyable.  The Fire In The Hole burger proved my point; it's exactly how a burger should taste.  The taste of the beef was center stage, while the Jalapeno and Sriracha Aioli added just the right amount of spiciness.  This burger is a 10, but if spicy is not your thing consider their Aloha Burger topped with Hawaiian BBQ sauce, grilled pineapple and provolone, or the Porky Pig topped with BBQ pork, cheddar cheese and onion straws.  You won't be disappointed with any burger you get from the Brew Garden.
Cleveland Press & Home Fries

Allow me to introduce you to the Brew Garden’s top selling sandwich, the Cleveland Press.  This slow roasted prime rib is topped with white cheddar and horseradish aioli.  It’s nicely toasted and melt-in-your mouth tender, truly smooth on your palate.  To make this sandwich even more over the top, it comes with a side dish deserving its own marquee, Brew Garden Home Fries.  I grew up loving my Grandma Rose’s German potato salad and I will say I've never found German potato salad this good, forgive me Grandma Rose.  This simply elegant side dish further demonstrates their commitment to quality and taste.  I only wish I asked for some to take home, instead it’s just another reason to go back.  The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale was the perfect choice to accompany the heartiness of the potato salad and prime rib.  It's no wonder why this dish is so popular, you're going to have to come and experience it yourself.

Luau Pork

The Brew Garden has a large selection of sandwiches including our next indulgence of slow roasted pork, Hawaiian BBQ and pineapple on a coconut pineapple roll… the Luau Pork.  The sweet potato fries were perfectly matched as a side to compliment the sweetness of the pineapple and pork.  The sandwich board offers a large assortment assuring you'll find something to dig into.  Chicken, fish, pork, prime rib, pastrami and sausage are all represented in some very tasty and unique plates, far too many for me to list here.  Download your own menu here and see for yourself why the Brew Garden deserves to be recognized as an outstanding choice to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Greek Pizza
The Brew Garden is the kind of place you want to come with friends and hang out and socialize.  Both locations, Parma and Middleburg Heights, offer huge outdoor patios, a fireplace room and private bar room for any occasion on your agenda.  Their food menu is as diverse and unique as their beer menu, and what goes better with beer than pizza!  I was not prepared to experience pizza this good and I can see why it's the staff favorite.  The Greek pizza is a white sauce with grilled chicken, onion, roasted tomato, creamy feta cheese topped with greens tossed in Mediterranean vinaigrette.  This is not your average pizza and I want more of this light and refreshing pie.  The crust alone is worth the price of admittance on this pizza journey, and the toppings bring it to a whole new level.
Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel

What else can possibly surprise me at this point?  Well, let me tell you about my new favorite dessert, the Sweet Cream Cheese Filled Pretzel.  Take a light fluffy pretzel and toss it in cinnamon and sugar, serve with ice cream and chocolate stout sauce and you get a salty sweet treat that beckons the question - Where have you been all my life?  And who would've thought the perfect way to enjoy this phenomenal dessert was to pair it with a rare release of Dogfish Head Burton Baton oak aged Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale).  You don't have to take my word for it, visit the Brew Garden and taste for yourself. Enjoy live entertainment on the weekends, or a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.  I encourage you to bring a few friends, you won't be disappointed.

Brew Garden
18590 Bagley Road
Middleburgh Hts, OH 44130
440. 234.1001

5513 Pearl Road
Parma, OH  44129