Our dinner began with the simple starter of Austin Powder chips and French onion dip sprinkled with scallions ($7). A staple for regulars, the homemade seasoned potato chips make you feel as though you should be home watching the game — but then again, no party has chips and dip this good.
Entrées are served with your choice of side dish, such as custard potatoes or saffron rice, and a salad, which are worth mentioning. The homemade dressing on the Caesarette is a delightful spin on a usual suspect. Rather than a thick, creamy dressing, the Grille’s Caesar is light, closer to a house Italian. Or try the almond vinaigrette slaw. No ordinary slaw, this sophisticated take is drizzled with a tangy balsamic-flavored dressing and mixed with toasted almonds.
For dinner, I had the restaurant’s award-winning Asiago chicken ($16) — a title earned at the Taste of Solon. The chicken is served over a garnish of garlic spinach and topped with a delicious, mild Asiago cream sauce that didn’t overpower the rest of the dish, making it a winner in my book. My friend went with grilled salmon with a side of sour cream and onion mashed potatoes ($16). The cucumber dill sauce covering the perfectly pink fish has just the right zing to set it lengths ahead of any other salmon I’ve tasted.
After a pleasurable dinner at our umbrella-covered table on a patio resembling a European piazza, we couldn’t pass up a piece of Bailey’s cheesecake ($6) to go. The trip south of Solon is worth it, and not only for the chips and dip.
Glenwillow Grille and Austin Powder Tavern, 29765 Pettibone Road, Glenwillow, (440) 786-0100. Hours: Lunch 11 a.m. -
3 p.m. Mon-Sat; Dinner 3 - 9 p.m. Mon-Thu & 3 - 11 p.m. Fri and Sat