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Revolver Restaurant - Findlay, OH

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Diane in Bexley Aug 6, 2007 11:22 AM

The August 2007 edition of Bon Appetit featured restaurant recipes from across the country. The only restaurant listed in the entire state of Ohio is this new place in Findlay. While it's an hour drive from where we live, we might go if the recs are really outstanding. Anyone been? Any comments? Worth the drive, money? Thanks!

  1. nsxtasy Oct 31, 2007 11:56 AM

    I ate at Revolver earlier this month when I was traveling through Findlay. I thought it was quite good, but not great. What's the difference? All the dishes made me say "oh, that tastes good" but none made me say "WOW, that's DELICIOUS!". (Restaurants in northern Ohio that make me say *that* include Lula in Cleveland and Chez Francois in Vermilion.)

    I should also mention that this was on a Tuesday evening, and the tables were all booked. I ate at the bar, which was fine - but if you're planning on going, be sure to make a reservation in advance.

    I think it's great that Revolver is open, as it's a level of casual fine dining that Findlay can be proud of. I would certainly go back any time I'm in Findlay.

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      nsxtasy Apr 4, 2010 09:42 PM

      I went back to Revolver last week, and I was more impressed than during my first visit. Several of the dishes "wowed" me. :)

      My meal started with an amuse bouche, and this was one of the "wow" dishes. It was popcorn soup, a creamy version that tasted just like popcorn, and it was sublime.

      I had an appetizer of tempura Lake Erie perch, and it was very very good, served over caramelized onions with a dipping sauce. I then had a salad of mixed greens with pear and Maytag bleu cheese, which was just excellent. I know, salad is salad, right? Not exactly. Too many restaurants use underripe pears so that they can be thinly sliced, and they are typically not very strong in flavor. Revolver used ripe and flavorful pears. And they managed to thinly slice the Maytag bleu and use it as a bed for the salad, which was very nice; I like to use Maytag bleu and I have no idea how they could slice it thinly. Anyway, it was excellent.

      For my main, I had seared sea scallops with roasted cauliflower, which was very good, but the side dish I ordered was another star of the meal. It was polenta - but a very rich and unusually creamy version (not at all grainy like most places), the best polenta I've ever had. Wow!

      Dessert was a sticky bread pudding with stout ice cream (yes, it tasted like beer) and a lemon tuile. Very good.

      This was a wonderful dinner!

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        heidikay Apr 5, 2010 10:00 AM

        Thanks for the review. Makes me want to try this place, I love polenta. My dad doesn't live that far from there so hopefully I'll get a chance to try it.

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      Pizzahound Oct 28, 2007 08:46 PM

      Japan West is a staple for my family, and very kid friendly... at least for my 4 year old who charms the manager and sushi chef every time we go (we sit in the sushi room becasue she is afraid of the fire.) Revolver is great. I have been there 3 times, though the first was a little dissapointing. We ordered a smoked potato side, and the smoke on the dish overpowered everything else we at during and after that course. We have stayed away from that dish since, and have enjoyed everything else.

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        Marusky Aug 27, 2007 01:45 PM

        No disrepect to Japan West, a perfectly fine local restaurant, but Revolver is in a place far beyond that. It's homey and welcoming, but its menu is something more like Chicago or NYC.
        I love this restaurant. It's worth more than an hour's drive for me. I'd give you a menu overview, but part of their concept is that the menu changes with the season and what ingredients are best in season. Michael does an *amazing job* with just about everything. Even the amouche bouche is divine. I've never eaten anything I haven't liked there -- and I'm pretty picky.

        I wrote a full review for the local paper earlier this year http://www.reviewtimes.com/Opinion/co...

        Seriously, try this place out. There is no place like it in Ohio and your mouth will thank you.

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          Phaedrus Aug 27, 2007 03:03 PM

          Hey, what did the flood do to these restaurants? It looked like Main Street was devastated. Japan West must have gotten destroyed, along with all the restauirants on Main street.

          Just how bad was it? My parents lived behind the Meijers on Tiffin Avenues and my dad worked in the Headquarters building on Main and Main Cross, did those places get flooded?

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            Pizzahound Oct 28, 2007 08:42 PM

            Revolver had some water but was up and running quickly after the flood water receeded. Japan West had only a foot of water (horizontally) come past their outer doors. No water entered the establishment, so they were only closed for the time that people could not get to them. The Gathering on E. Main Cross is still closed the last I drove by. I have heard conflicting reports on whether they will ever open again... and yes, HQ got nailed.

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              Pizzahound Dec 4, 2007 07:42 PM

              I was in Findlay on Dec 1 for another lovely dinner at Revolver. Each time seems to be better than the last. I drove by the Gathering and am happy to report that it has reopened. They will serve my next meal in Findlay.

        2. Phaedrus Aug 6, 2007 02:15 PM

          Wow, Findlay has changed since I lived there. It was a huge deal when the Lebanese gyro place opened up in the 1990's. I think the local paper made a hige deal about how Findlay has become an international city.

          1. nsxtasy Aug 6, 2007 12:30 PM

            You may be interested in reading about how the proprietor came to open the restaurant, at http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=87696

            There, you'll also find a link to reviews of Revolver by a blogger named Josh Woodward, at www.joshwoodward.com/mod/recs/viewite...

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              mrnyc Aug 6, 2007 02:09 PM

              great links -- thanks!

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              mrnyc Aug 6, 2007 12:17 PM

              eons ago now i had a year-long internship in findlay via bgsu -- i've heard about this place and am kicking myself for driving right by on my recent trip home to ohio. i'd imagine it gets it's biz from bgsu/findlay college, maytag, cooper tires and marathon oil execs. looks sharp too:

              [img]http://www.revolverrestaurant.net/ind...

              i like the look of that menu, looks worth the detour as they say in the michelin guides --

              maybe pick something to do in nw ohio (ie., toledo museum/zoo) and if you dont mind driving a bit you could combine a quick lunch at KEWPEE DINER in lima w/ a dinner at REVOLVER for sure. stay over close by in findlay or at the hampton inn in bg....or after dinner drive up to port clinton and stay there by lake erie.

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                johnbycz Aug 6, 2007 11:59 AM

                Here's their web site:

                http://www.revolverrestaurant.net/ind...

                It has a link to a review in the Wall Street Journal. I also hear of a very good Japanese restaurant in Findlay, but I don't know the name.

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                  msy Aug 21, 2007 02:58 PM

                  I believe you may be referring to Japan West, and it is very good.

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