The Taste Food Tour :: Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar Apr09

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The Taste Food Tour :: Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar

It’s hard to believe one of our family’s Lakewood dining staples, Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar, has been feeding us for nearly seven years. I remember walking past the vacant space it now occupies during the 2010 Lakewood Arts Festival and seeing a notice posted on the windows that a new restaurant was coming. It included a sample menu.

We got excited. A gastropub in crazy-quick walking distance from Chez Suttell? Sign us up. Since then, Deagan’s often is the place where we decide to stroll to for a spontaneous Friday night out. We have gone to Taco Tuesday and Thursday Burger and a Beer for $10 nights. We stop in for an early dinner after a Saturday matinee at Playhouse Square or Sunday brunch after services at Lakewood Congregational Church. It’s become a main go-to for the Suttells.

And it’s more often than not, a place where I wind up meeting girlfriends for dinner or happy hour (try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Skins – spicy and savory and quite unexpectedly delicious. I know, I know; I was skeptical at first, too.)

My fellow Lakewoodite, constant partner in crime and fellow Hudson High School ’87 classmate, Laura Croniger, and I love to drop in there for a drink and nosh after yoga at Pink Lotus or one of our shopping or thrifting adventures. And, my LCC ladies and I have gathered around a big table there for dinner. Side note: Deagan’s mixes up among the best Manhattans and also Old Fashioneds I ever have sipped.  They also offer up other creative seasonal cocktails and have a great beer and wine list.

Deagan’s menu takes care of everyone; vegans, vegetarians, meat-a-tarians (one of Evan’s favorite phrases) and omnivores won’t go hungry. While its menu is not the largest in town, it succinctly covers all the bases. Bar snacks; generous small plates; creative salads; big-plate entrees like Pork Porterhouse or a perfectly cooked Flat Iron Steak; and amazing desserts – for which I always forget to save room.

Even my somewhat picky, tiny mom loves Deagan’s. She often requests to go there for lunch or dinner when she crosses the county line from Avon. The signature small plates, especially the mac and cheese (her favorite), are the perfect size for her dainty appetite. But, if she wants a heartier portion, she also happily will dive into a DKB burger and fries.

Mom and I often debate the fries. She goes for them deliciously plain. I like to upgrade to the delectable House Fries, topped with freshly grated parmesan, drizzled with truffle oil and served with a spicy aioli on the side. I sometimes fantasize about these fries when I’m getting hangry. Regardless of your tastes, Deagan’s satisfies.

In GOOD FOOD and community,

Robin