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Melt Bar and Grilled (and the Akron Marathon!)


This past Saturday I ran the Akron Marathon relay with my co-workers.  The only other “race” I have ever done is the Color Run.  A marathon as big as Akron’s was very new to me!  I am currently training for my first half marathon- which is next weekend!  The Akron Marathon was a great warm-up to what’s to come this Sunday!

The Marathon was so much fun!  I must say that my co-workers are AWESOME!  I don’t know what I would do without them 🙂

Here are a few pictures!

Stephanie, Angela, and I before the race!

Angela approaching the finish line!

4/5 of our awesome relay!

The Results!


After the relay we headed over the Melt Bar and Grilled for a well deserved lunch.  One of my interview questions for where I work now was “Do you like Melt?”  I was also asked if I like to run because it was already decided that they were participating in the Akron Marathon Relay far before I started working.  My answer was “yes!” to both questions of course!

I have eaten at the restaurant multiple times and just have never remembered to take a photo for my blog!

This time I ordered the “Parma, Italy Melt”- crispy breaded chicken breast, sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted garlic, provolone.  It was delicious!

Parma, Italy Melt

I have yet to be disappointed in any of the sandwiches I have tried!  This might actually be my favorite sandwich on the regular menu.  My favorite Melt sandwich over all was this past July’s Melt of the Month- “Fire Cracker Chicken Melt”- blackened chicken breast, grilled pineapple, avocado slice, pepper jack cheese.

Make sure you arrive hungry!! I always go home with the other half of the sandwich.  If you end up taking it home make sure you heat it up in the oven- NOT the microwave.  Or you can always share a sandwich with someone!  The sandwiches also come with plenty of fries and coleslaw!

There are three locations in the Cleveland area: Lakewood, Cleveland Heights, Independence.  There is a 4th location that will be opening up in Mentor by the end of the month!  Be prepared for a wait at all locations– It is definitely worth the wait!

Molly Jean




BRGR 9 (pronounced “Burger 9”) is located in the Warehouse District of downtown Cleveland on West 9th street.  BRGR 9 is locally owned and has created a new image for burger’s, taking them to the next level!  Burger toppings include short rib, porkbelly, fried chicken finger, jalapeno jelly, bratwurst and lobster, just to name a few!

I was very overwhelmed by how many different types of burgers there were, so I asked the bartender what her favorite was and she insisted that I get the Turkey Time!

“Turkey Time” Burger

I was very pleased with my decision!  The Turkey Time is a fresh house-made grilled turkey burger topped with baby arugula, tomato, feta, cucumber aioli, on a wheat brioche bun.  The burger was perfect, not too heavy at all.  The burgers to not come with fries but you can order a side of fries to share!  Jordan and I decided to order the sweet potato tater tots instead of the fries.  I am not a big tater tots fan, but there were AMAZING!!! I love sweet potato fries, and this just took sweet potatoes to the next level.  The tater tots are dusted lightly with cinnamon and served with a side of cajon mayo and roasted orange mayo!

Check out the rest of the menu HERE!

Molly Jean

Burntwood Tavern


There are three locations for Burntwood Tavern– Chagrin Falls, Rocky River, and now Solon!  The first time I tried Burntwood Tavern was at the Chagrin Falls location.  My parent’s took the family when the restaurant first opened on a Friday night.  The placed was packed!! The wait was about 2 hours, but luckily we were able to sit in the front/bar area on some couches in front of the fire place, which was perfect for the snowy and cold winter night.  There was a coffee table, so the manager allowed us to stay put and order our entrees.

My first opinion of the restaurant was that it was just OK.  I was not impressed with the food and I felt as if the menu did not have many choices-  I had ordered the Salmon Spinach fettucini and it was very bland.  The salmon was poached and did not have any seasoning.  The tomato garlic cream sauce was also tasteless.  However, I was very impressed with the decor and the atmosphere.  It was definitely the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night!


This past winter the Rocky River location opened.  I met my friend Kara there.  This location was also just as packed as the Chagrin Falls location, but it is a bigger space!  I noticed that the menu had changed, and there were many more options to choose from.  Kara and I decided to split a few appetizers over some Great Lakes Christmas Ale!  I loved all that we tried- The Hummus Plate, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and the Artichoke Fondue.

A few weeks later my friend Erin had her Bridal Shower at the Rocky River location.  There is a room that you are able to reserve that can seat a large crowd of people!  It is secluded, away from the dining area.  I was very impressed with the menu.  There were three courses- We were able to choose from 2 different side salads, 3 different sandwiches w/ a side of fries, and dessert.  The shower was beautiful and the food was great!! If any of you in Cleveland are planning a wedding shower or any other private party, Burntwood Tavern is definitely something to consider! (I also noticed the Solon location has a room, too!)


Finally a Solon location opened up about a month ago!  At first I questioned why the restaurant would put a location so close to another (Chagrin Falls), but after going, I love that it is so close!  I went with my parent’s a week ago.  Despite how crowded it was, we were able to grab three seats at the bar immediately.  The bar wraps around to the outside patio.  We were sitting inside, but it felt as if we were outside with no wall in front of us!  The patio is covered and therefore you are still able to be seated outside when it is raining.  Below is the view to the patio from my seat (with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!).  There was also a live band playing out on the patio.

Burntwood Tavern- Bar/Patio

For dinner I ordered the house salad and the Margarita Flat Bread.  The Flat bread had a light and airy crust.  There was no sauce, the the tomatoes and basil provided enough flavor.  The pizza was not heavy at all.  I could have eaten the entire pizza, but I wanted to save room for dessert!

Margarita Flat Bread

Burntwood Tavern’s dessert menu consists of what they call “After Dinner Delights.”  These are small sample sizes, similar to the dessert “shooters” you would find at P.F. Changs or Applebees. I ordered the the Apple Crostada with Salted Caramel Ice Cream- YUM!!

“After Dinner Delight”- Apple Crostada w/ Salted Caramel Ice Cream

My opinion of the restaurant has definitely changed since the first time I went!  This is definitely a place to check out if you haven’t already!

CLICK HERE to view the menu!  Another favorite of mine is the Grilled Tavern Steak Salad.

Molly Jean

Don’s Pomeroy House


This past Friday I had the day off from work and had scheduled a lunch date with my Grandpa!  We spoke Thursday night and I was absolutely thrilled when he told me he wanted to take me to Don’s Pomeroy House!!

My Grandpa and I have been talking about going there over the past year.  He has been many times, but I have not.  The original house still stands where the fine dining room is located.  There is also a newer dining room added on as well as a pub in the basement, and an elegant patio.  Many believe there restaurant is still haunted, and there have been ghost citing within the past couple of years!  Click HERE to read more about the history

Grandpa and I ate in the Pub located on the basement level.  The lighting is very dim and is a much more casual dining area of the restaurant where you are able to feel comfortable in a nice pair of jeans.  You are able to order off both The Pub menu and the dining menu.


My Grandpa insisted that I order a cup of Don’s Seafood Chowder.  It is a tomato based broth, unlike the traditional creamy white based clam chowder!  The soup was hearty and delicious, even perfect to eat on a hot summer day.

For my entrée I ordered the salmon salad special-  Grilled salmon on top of mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, almonds, onion, and goat cheese in a strawberry balsamic dressing.  The salad was very seasonable and refreshing.  The salmon was perfectly cooked to medium and the dressing was light, adding a touch of sweetness to the salad.

After we finished our meal my Grandpa took me on a tour of the restaurant.  The restaurant is beautiful and has such character.  We walked around on them main level where the dining room and fine dining area are located.  On the top level there are 2 rooms for private parties.  One room seats about 20 people and the other seats 2-6 people.  Outside in the back of the restaurant is where the secluded patio is, hidden by trees that provide much shade so that you don’t have to worry about the sun while enjoying a fabulous meal.


I am so happy to have finally shared my first dining experience at Don’s Pomeroy House with my Grandpa!

Me and Grandpa

Molly Jean

Rosewood Grill


Saturday Jordan and I headed over to Hudson to Rosewood Grill.   We had noted on their website that the restaurant does not take reservations, so we weren’t quite sure how long of a wait there would be.

When we walked in, the hostess had asked if we had called for a reservation… so Jordan and I were somewhat confused by this.  We arrived around 7:00 and the hostess had told us we would not be seated until 8:15!   The hostess mentioned that the bar area is first come first serve seating if we wanted to eat in there.  Luckily there were 2 open seats at the bar!

There are some places where I would prefer to eat in the dining room area and others at the bar.  Rosewood Grill has a spectacular bar, so I was very content with where we were seated for dinner.  My favorite part of the bar is that it had a large opening where you are able to see into the kitchen.  You can’t really see an prep work done by the cooks, but you are able to see the workers moving around as well as the stone oven where the flat breads are made!


We each had a salad to start.  I had the Rosewood salad (mixed greens with a white balsamic vinaigrette) and Jordan had a Caesar salad.  The salads were an additional $4 cost with the order of an entrée, which is $2 cheaper if you were to order a salad alone.

For dinner I had the Idaho Brook Trout , pan seared, julienne vegetable Saute, in a Chardonnay butter sauce.


Jordan had the Rosewood sirloin strip, with grilled asparagus, aged cheddar mashers, cabernet reduction.


I really liked my dish.  The trout was HUGE! – But I somehow managed to finish it!  The flavor was light and subtle.  The only downside was that it came with no starch— The size of the trout made up for that, I guess, but I still stole a couple bites of Jordan’s mashed potatoes!

Jordan didn’t really like the steak too much.  He said all he felt like he could taste was the grill and not the steak itself.  But looking at the ingredients on the menu, it also looked like there was also no cabernet reduction sauce like the description says.

I definitely like the atmosphere of the restaurant.  There is a nice patio that was crowded, despite the fact that it looked like it was going to down pour!   My favorite part was the set up of the bar.  I also saw my cousin Katie!

So if your in the Hudson area you should definitely stop by Rosewood Grill!  It is only a few blocks from Hudson’s First and Main, off of Rt 303!

Molly Jean

Mad Jack’s Grill and Pub


On Saturday my friend Emily and I went to the Aurora Farm Outlets to see if there were any good memorial day sales happening!  We decided to go when the stores first opened and then go to lunch after we completed our shopping.  I noticed a new restaurant in passing, the past few times I have gone out to the outlets.  I always would forget the name until one day I wrote it down as soon as I found a parking spot so that I would be able to look it up at home!

Mad Jack’s Grill and Pub is the name of the place and it is located on S Chillicothe Road, right around the corner from the outlets, and next to Chet Edwards, a home furnishing store filled with gorgeous and elegant home decor.

It was a gorgeous day, so we decided to grab a seat on the patio!  We started with warmed brie, with a cranberry and apricot chutney.

For my entree I ordered the Harvest Salad- mixed greens, sesame crusted almonds, dried apricots, apples, pineapple, dried cranberries, tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette.

The brie was wonderful, still warm and melty with the sweet chutney offsetting the pungent cheese flavor.  The salad was very refreshing while sitting out in warm weather. The dressing was perfect, not heavy at all.

This place is a true gem.  There are not many restaurants near Aurora Farms Outlets, and I’m not sure how many know of this place, but I do know that I am going back! I especially want to try the crab tater tots!  The dinner menu looks fabulous as well!  Click HERE to view the menu.

Molly Jean

Chinato & Mom’s Graduation


Friday night my mom walked at her graduation ceremony for her MBA that she finished up in December at Ursuline College! So proud of her! I could not imagine working a 60 hour week, on top of going to class and completing assignments, while worrying about a son that is thousands of miles away.  She is super mom!

Mom walking across the stage!

Dad, Mom, & Me

After dinner we drove into downtown to meet Jordan for dinner at Chinato, located on East 4th, my favorite street downtown!  It is filled with many fabulous restaurants, lights hanging, and packed with people on the weekends.  I have been to Chinato once before for Jordan’s birthday back in November.

Chinato is a Zack Bruell restaurant.  Maybe this doesn’t mean anything to you, but Zack Bruell has a few other restaurants in Cleveland as well as  the only 5-star restaurant- Table 45, located in the Intercontinental Hotel, which is connected to the Cleveland Clinic.

Chinato is an Italian restaurant decorated with a wall mural of Florence where you are able to point out the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

The first time I dined there I ordered a house salad special and the small plate of the gnocchi with tomato basil, toasted garlic, butter, and parmesan.  It was absolutely delicious.  The gnocchi melted in my mouth.  The small plate was perfect size for me!

I ordered a small plate of pasta again, this time.  Friday I ordered the Ravioli with pork, veal, zucchini and shitake mushrooms, with melted butter and parmesan.  Another delicious menu item!

My dad said that my pasta looked like enough to feed a mouse, but I was content.  Mom and I had split a salad prior to our entrees as well- AND I wanted to save room for dessert.

For dessert, the 4 of us shared the Tiramisu and Chocolate Hazelnut Mouse cake.

The desserts were good, especially the Chocolate cake, but the Tiramisu was a bit of a disappointment.  There was a flavor to it, almost like allspice and pecans, that threw me off.  I love the espresso taste of typical Tiramisu, and this one did not taste like it at all.

Once again, Chinato has proven it is a wonderful place to dine and celebrate at!  Check out the rest of the menu HERE.


The rest of the weekend consisted of a Tribe game win and Jordan cooking for me!

Jordan cooked me dinner 🙂

Molly Jean