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Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday fish and dinner deals

That's Gavi chef Mike Valentino with a luncheon Friday fish fry. It's breaded tilapia with homemade cole slaw and two hand-made pierogies, priced st $7.95 for lunch with a larger portion served with three pierogies, priced at $14.95, for dinner. The pierogies come from St. Andrews Church in Parma, according to proprieter Dave Gromelski, who tells us they won Cleveland's Magazine's "Best Of" award.
The same meals are also served at Sara's Place, the sister restaurant in Gates Mills.
I learned about the Friday Lenten fish fry last night when I joined a friend for happy hour there. We spent $17 total for dinner and a beer each. Gavi's is considered a high-end establishment so the prices were really unexpected. The 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour deals run Tuesday through Friday. The choices are billed as appetizers but we found the servings to be plenty for dinner. We each had Italian sausage sauteed with sweet peppers, onions and marinara served in puff pastry shells. Other choices for $5 include sliders of the day, spinach artichoke dip, fish taco, an all beef hotdog baked in pastry. For $6.50 , there's a choice between a dozen mussels or an 8-slice pizza. We saw several groups of friends ordering a couple of items and sharing themed
The Lake County Bar Crawl, featured in a recent News-Herald Food section, proved beyond a doubt that people are hungry for a $20-per-couple meal with a beer. Three of the four places featured in the Crawl broke their all-time one-day records during the promotion and got many new customers. The fourth restaurant — the Wright Place in Willoughby Hills — has its designated day this Sunday, so we'll see how that goes.
Patrons who go to all four bars on their designated days each get a $25 gift certificate. It's a win-win scenario for everyone especially the patrons who get out and about in a season when cabin fever makes us all a little crazy.
Let me hear about the deals you've found and where you've found them. We're all in this together after all.


Blogger Skunky said...

We typically save Gavi's for special occasions - we were delighted to read about Gavi's happy hour in your blog. We couldn't wait to give them a try. We loved the sausage and peppers you mentioned, as well as a pizza. Wow! My husband and I are all about local "Happy Hours"...they give us a chance to get out and enjoy some good food and beverages at a reasonable price. We will definitely add Gavi's to our happy hour list. I hope your readers continue offering ideas.
When we read your Pub Crawl article in the paper awhile back, I clipped it out and we planned our Sunday afternoons around this "adventure". We were already aware of the Kirtland Tavern, thanks to your Best Burger contest last year, but we hadn't been to The Wright Place in ages (to be honest, the smokers turned us off). We're so glad we gave them another try (now that they are smoke free and recently remodeled, the place has atmosphere and good food). We've always enjoyed Rueben's at Micks and we were happy they were on the crawl. Although the service at Chesters was slow, our meals were good. We'll be sure to visit all of these restuarants again. The $25 gift certificates were icing on the cake. Can't wait until next year's crawl. Great bargins, great food, great fun...what a great idea!!!

March 18, 2009 at 8:37 PM 
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