About "Eat My Words"

About this blog

"Eat My Words" is a long time in the making. There is no question that my favorite activity is eating, but beyond that obvious fact, I especially like visiting new restaurants and trying new foods.

That's where the "Adventures in Dining" comes in. I won't be reviewing chain restaurants. The food may be fine, but there is no adventure to a Bob Evans, Applebee's, or Olive Garden! The only time I may blog about one of these establishments might be to comment on something unusual - whether it be good or bad - that may have occurred during my visit. Otherwise, I will be focusing on small, local restaurants that feature unique menu items.

I am not a food snob. I do not have any culinary training. I like what I like and will share my thoughts regarding my meal, a restaurant's ambiance, the attentiveness of the staff, and any other thoughts that may come to mind. Hopefully, readers will enjoy my reviews and try these restaurants for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share your own feedback!

Gary Dougherty
November 24, 2010

UPDATE (October 13, 2012): I'm back!! For a variety of reasons (none of them good), I have not posted any reviews for about 18 months. Rest assured, I have continued to eat...just not write! I hope you enjoy my culinary adventures and I welcome any recommendations you might have for me. Bon appetit!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Liberty Tavern (October 28, 2012)

Liberty Tavern
50 S. Liberty Street
Powell, OH 43065
(614) 825-0500

Wanting to “get out of the house,” my parents drove from Tiffin 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.

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 Tabasco 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.

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 Tabasco 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 the Tabasco up a notch would have added even more character to the burger.

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!

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