Palate Pleaser // A wall mural at Red Lantern Kitchen & Bar depicts the architecture and landmarks of the Kamm's Corners neighborhood - such as the clock on the Key Bank Building and St. Patrick-West Park Catholic Church. The gastropub, by the folks who brought us affordable bar food chain Two Bucks, offers a collage of staples with high-end ideals, such as pork belly or crawfish flatbreads and spinach and artichoke dip made with goat cheese. Try the red bliss potato and Wisconsin cheddar Ohio City Pasta pierogies ($9). Three pillowy pockets are baked to a golden brown and served with pickled red onions and a tangy chive creme. Red Lantern's jumbo chicken wings ($9) aren't just a marketing ploy. These are off-the-bird full-on wings served on a bed of cucumber and celery salad. Six house-made sauce options include Sriracha buffalo or spicy Cajun, but we went with the black garlic honey mustard, a sticky, sweet, tangy combination so good we didn't even bother dipping into the peppercorn ranch dressing. The porky Smokey Jameson Ribs ($15) covered in house-made Jameson Irish Whiskey barbecue sauce shined while served atop garlic mashed potatoes and a side of fresh slaw. Paired with Red Lantern's peach Old Fashioned ($9) made with Jameson, aged sweet vermouth and peach bitters, the ribs completed the Red Lantern's portrait of pub classics, technique and tastiness.
12:00 AM EST
June 23, 2014