Burntwood Tavern: Warm Up at Chagrin’s Newest Hot Spot

by Renee on November 20, 2010

This weekend is off to a great start, as we enjoyed a night out in my little town of Chagrin Falls with some good friends. Paul’s buddy Joe grew up with him in Erie, PA, and Joe brought his girlfriend Debbie to meet up with us at  The Burntwood Tavern (504 E. Washington Street). Paul and I had dinner there with some other friends from out of town earlier in the week, and both nights the atmosphere at the beautiful wood-beamed restaurant was pleasantly busy. The bar was hopping, and the cozy leather couches around the big stone fireplace were occupied. The service is extremely friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. And the best part? General Manager Ian has a great selection of beers on tap.

This week the beers included Stone’s smoked porter, Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre, Bell’s Two-Hearted IPA, Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, and of course Great Lake’s Christmas Ale. There’s a nice selection of bottles, too. I went with the Bell’s the first night, and the Dogfish Head last night. They offer a good wine list as well.

We had stopped in a few times previously for a drink and appetizers (I recommend the cheese stuffed sliders), and I’ve yet to see the place when the parking lot wasn’t full! I’ll leave the review of the food to The Journeyman Cook, but if you want to eat dinner there, reservations are highly recommended.

I hope this new hot spot continues to do a great business, and doesn’t fade away like the previous restaurants that were established at that address. But I really think it’s just the kind of place that will thrive in our town–somewhere you run into familiar faces, but attracting new folks to the area at the same time.

And now that Chagrin Falls is all dressed up for the holidays, the Burntwood Tavern is a perfect stop after a day of shopping in the town’s unique boutiques and a carriage ride around the Triangle. Let me know if you’re coming–I’ll meet you at the fireplace for a beer!

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