Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Symon Says

So we've all heard of Cleveland's very own Iron Chef and his fabulous restaurants that are popping up all over our area. I've had the pleasure of dining at Michael Symon's flagship restaurant, Lola, but experienced Bar Symon for the first time the other night.

The restaurant's atmosphere has a great casual vibe, with just a hint that you're in for something special. The waitstaff all run around in logo T-shirts, and that combined with the extensive bar on one side of the dining area helps make guests feel comfortable and casual. I loved the drop-down tin ceiling panels. The details in the decor were well thought out. There was a nice mix of people- a variety of ages, couples vs. singles, and even a family or two- there when we dined on Saturday evening.

We started with Symon's famous House Chips- three cheese fondue and chives ($6). The chips were nicely done, but I did wish that the cheese fondue had a little more flavor. It was relatively bland, and the dish wasn't a great start to our meal as first-time diners. I ordered the Duck Paprikash- duck confit, dumplings, turnips and paprika ($16). The steaming plate arrived with a bed of dumplings and rich sauce, with two duck thighs perched on top. The skin was perfectly crisp, and the rich meat was so tender that it fell right off the bone. I enjoyed my dish quite a bit. "R's" love for gyros led him to order the Zorba- lamb sausage, tzatziki, pickled onions, grilled romaine and pita ($10). The tzatziki sauce was bursting with flavor and one of the best we've had in Cleveland. Fergie's bar in Parma still holds the title. The only issue with the dish is that it is a little awkward to eat. The overflowing contents don't allow you to pick up the sandwich, but eating the dish with a fork just didn't feel like you were doing it justice. Don't get me wrong- we happily ate away, but it did take a second to figure out how to attack it. We ended the meal with the Turtle Sundae. The vanilla bean ice cream, topped with caramel and chocolate sauces, was a refreshing way to cleanse the palate and finish our dinner.

While Avon Lake isn't an area that we frequent, I think we'll keep Bar Symon in mind when we're in the area. It is worth the trek to try it at least once. Now on to B-Spot!

Bar Symon
32858 Walker Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
(440) 933-5652

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Unknown said...

Say more about Fergie's. Is any of the other food worth eating?

Bite Buff said...

Fergie's- 5587 Ridge Road in Parma- is a complete hole-in-the-wall dive bar that serves the best gyro in town. It is piled high with meat just sliced off in front of you, tomatoes, fresh onions, and their famous sauce. They will sell in bulk- we've bought everything for tailgating before. I know they used to have a few other menu items available, but I'm not sure that's still true.

Anonymous said...

I'll back you up on Fergie's. You would never guess it driving past the place, but there's nothing better than one of those gyros at 1AM!!!

Bite Buff said...

Just a note--- Bar Symon is now closed.

Valerie A. Heck Esmont said...

I really enjoyed Bar Symon the few times we went!