Wanting to “get out of the house,” my parents drove from
to Powell to visit Sunday afternoon,
ostensibly to discuss the cruise that my sister and I are taking them on next
summer – for a late 80th birthday present for Dad and an early 80th
for Mom. Tiffin
After discussing the cruise that we had selected and watching the Browns dispatch the Chargers, it was time for dinner. We opted for a nearby neighborhood option, Liberty Tavern, at the crossroads of downtown Powell. I’ve been there a number of times and wrote an earlier review (December 2010). The food is always good, the staff is pleasant, and the mood is welcoming.
It was kind of a lazy Sunday evening with diners and bar mavens watching football on the several screens located throughout the space. Whereas you could clearly hear the announcers of one of the games, it was not at all distracting or annoying. The staff, too, was laid back as they served their patrons.
Although I was tempted by the Cajun Mac and Cheese (Cajun spiced rock shrimp and bay scallops with tomatoes and scallions in parmesan cream tossed with pasta shells), I settled upon the Stuffed Black and Bleu Burger ($11.00).
The nice sized burger was, in fact, stuffed with bacon, caramelized onion, and bleu cheese, then blackened and served on a brioche bun with
aioli. Rather than the normal
accompaniment of fries, I chose to pay $2.00 more for the onion rings. There were about six or seven of the
deep-fried beauties, so it was worth the couple bucks more. Tabasco
Served with lettuce and tomatoes, the sandwich was definitely a big bite…and a bit messy with cheese and onions oozing out from the middle of the burger. My only disappointment with the sandwich was the rather large chunks of onion that had been stuffed into the hamburger. It was, however, prepared to my specifications and blackened very nicely. The
aioli was understated, frankly to the point that I wouldn’t know it was there
if I hadn’t read it on the menu. Taking
up a notch would have added even more character to the burger. Tabasco
One other non-dining criticism was being seated in front of the front door when other tables were available. As patrons entered or exited the building, they let in the cold, moist air. We could have moved, but chose to stay there…so we don’t have much room to complain, right?
Michelle was our server and she kept our drinks full and quickly resolved the issue of my mother not receiving the sweet potato fries she had ordered.
Powell has a number of casual dining options and Liberty Tavern has never disappointed. If you’re up in my neck of the woods, I recommend you stop by and give it a try!