If there is one thing that Willoughby has become known for it is the food. Downtown Willoughby has a variety of restaurants that cannot be beat. From burgers to Italian and everything in between, there is something for everyone. Each month we will suggest a new progressive dinner idea. Each progressive dinner features a different location for appetizers, dinner, desserts and just for fun, after dinner drinks. All locations are within walking distance of each other. So, park the car and have fun.
If you have an event coming up and are looking for a suggestion, email Willoughby Today at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come up with a dinner for you.
This month, we are focusing on the out-of-town guests. With Easter and wedding season approaching quickly, everyone will have guests in town. Here are two different ideas for showing off some of Willoughby’s lesser-known (and well-known) treats.
Out-of-Town Dinner Guests
Appetizers – Willoughby Brewing Company
If the weather is nice, try out the new patio. As for appetizer suggestions – sample the Bavarian Pretzels or Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls.
Dinner – Olivor Twist
This restaurant also has a nice patio, but if the weather isn’t so hot, have a seat near the window to watch the world pass you by on Erie Street. For dinner, try the Cajun Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin or the Cracker Crusted Pan Seared Scallops.
Dessert – Baby Cakes Specialty Cupcakes
Timing is everything for this one. Be sure to stop by before you get appetizers. Baby Cakes is open until 5 or sold out. Each day brings a new rotation of flavors such as Cinnamon French Toast, Rocky Road, Strawberry Cheesecake, Carrot Cake and Maple Bacon.
Drinks – Nickleby’s Roundbar and Kitchen
If you just haven’t had enough for one night, stop in to see the gang at Nickleby’s. The service is always excellent and the drinks are great.
The Willoughby Sampler
Appetizers – Nickleby’s Roundbar and Kitchen
Start with something that you can share such as the Homemade Potato Chips or Mussels.
Dinner –The Lure Bistro
For something a little different, try the Crab Crusted Grouper or the 5-Hour Braised Short Ribs.
Dessert – Corks Wine Bar
One wouldn’t think that a wine bar would have incredible desserts. You would be wrong. Corks has excellent desserts including the Fresh Berry Charlotte. Since the wine list changes seasonally, you might want to ask for a recommendation or two.
Drinks – Willoughby Brewing Company
A stop to Willoughby is not complete without sampling at the Willoughby Brewing Company. Ask for the beer sampler to see what the brewmaster has created.
For more information
Willoughby Brewing Company: 440-975-0202 www.willoughbybrewing.com
Olivor Twist: 440-946-0900 www.olivor-twist.com
Baby Cakes Specialty Cupcakes: 440-527-8609 www.babycakeswilloughby.vpweb.com
Nickleby’s Roundbar and Kitchen: 440-946-2300 www.nicklebysroundbar.com
The Lure Bistro:440-951-8862 www.thelurebistro.com
Corks Wine Bar: 440-918-9463 www.corkswinebar.com
Kathi Cannon is a Willoughby resident. Each month, she will suggest a new progressive dinner idea. A person enjoying a progressive dinner would continue or “progress” to a new location for each course. Each progressive dinner features a different location for appetizers, dinner, desserts and just for fun, after dinner drinks. All locations are within walking distance of each other. Email her at email@example.com.