Happy Valentine's Day, readers! I think this is a day to just appreciate anyone, and anything, in your life that you love. Of course, I enjoy "celebrating" the day with "R" now, but when I was single, my girlfriends and I chose to honor the day by naming it "Black-out Valentine's Day" and hitting the bar scene around our college campus. I think it's a day to remind us to take a few minutes to tell the people that matter to us that we love them.
So, in honor of this day...I'm sharing something with you that I "love" right now. I love that the newly opened The Oak Barrel restaurant in Valley View has some of my favorite dishes from the classic Deagan's menu on it. Chef Demetrios parted ways with Deagan's several months back, and he has now opened a new place that feels comfortable and familiar, featuring his style of food and many of the favorite dishes that you can't find on Deagan's menu since the chef change.
Originally, it was the reappearance of the Ahi Tuna Taco on The Oak Barrel's Taco Tuesday menu that drew me in.
"R" and I also started the meal with an order of the Crisp Calamari with wasabi honey and sweet chile ($10).
The restaurant resides in the old Hoggy's space, near the movie theatre, and easily accessible from the road with plenty of parking. It's just a few minutes from Independence, so it's convenient to get to from the highway, and relatively close to home for us. I like the interior changes that they made, and the drink menu is just as lengthy and full of great options like the food menu. Many great craft beers to choose from!
The wings were fine, maybe a little too saucy, but I did like the flatbread a lot. It was thin and crispy, and I'd like to try some of the others. The pork belly pieces were a tad too think-cut for me. It made them a little chewy, which I didn't care for. But the overall flavors were great.
So, I am a little bit "in love" with this place, and thrilled that it finally opened. Deagan's continues to do well, and The Oak Barrel has been very busy both times that we've been in. This is one happy foodie.
Have you been yet? What did you think? Also, don't miss their Crabby Mondays or Wine Wednesdays! Check out the website for more information on these specials.
Enjoy your Valentine's Day, however you celebrate. Me? I'll be enjoying a meal at Flour tonight with "R" and cuddling my dog a little extra today.
The Oak Barrel
5975 Canal Road
Valley View, OH 44125