Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tinkers Creek Tavern

Mr. H and I got to cross a restaurant off of my 2017 To Dine Challenge list...Tinkers Creek Tavern in Walton Hills. That leaves just three more to get to before December ends!
A friend had told me to wait until summer to visit this one, because you really want to take advantage of the views and patio seating. I can see why, when this is the view directly next to your table.
We did not have a reservation, but on a busy Thursday night the wait was minimal, and they had some outdoor lounge seating available while you waited. We grabbed a drink at the bar and headed out. Once we were seated at our table, we wanted to start with the Sicilian Calamari (noted as one of their signature dishes), but they were out of it. The regular calamari was still being offered, but it wasn't nearly as interesting, so we switched gears. We decided to start with the Spinach Artichoke Dip ($8.95) with toasted pita.
Not quite as thick and creamy as I would prefer, but it was indulgent and tasty, so no real complaints here.

Mr. H ordered the B.B.Q. Salmon Salad ($11.95), and it was a really pretty bowl of food. Simple, and satisfied his craving for something light.
I ordered the Mahi-Mahi Sandwich ($10.95) served on a soft bun with lettuce, tomato, and mango habanero aioli with a side of fries.
The fish was cooked just fine, and the vegetable toppings were standard, but I did wish that the aioli was bolder in flavor. There was a sweetness to it if you ate it alone, but both the sweet of the mango and the spice of the habanero were lost once it was on the sandwich. I did ask for a side of it and added more, but that did very little to boost the flavor. It was a fine sandwich, just not as noteworthy as the description made it sound like it would be.

All in all, the food was classic American and perfectly acceptable, but you're really going there for the setting and views.

Tinkers Creek Tavern
14000 Tinkers Creek Road
Walton Hills, Ohio 44146