Ode to Green House Tavern in Downtown CLE
I just wanted to write a post to rave about my dinner at Green House Tavern the other night. My boyfriend and I went not really knowing what to expect, but having heard all kinds of good things about Chef Sawyer.
First of all, the service and ambiance was excellent. We were seated upstairs overlooking the rest of the restaurant and the street. It's a gorgeous and gigantic space, but the balcony area made it feel very cozy. Our server, Don, was awesome. He was the perfect mix of friendliness and professionalism. He made us feel taken care of without being stiff. Another nice thing was that the other waiters would check in on us as well. It felt like everyone was working together to give us a great experience.
The food was MIND BLOWING. We both got the 4 course tasting menu (where you pay 44 dollars and get pick one of each course). I'm not sure I would do this again, because it ended up being too much food, but it was really nice for a first experience because it made us feel like we could get whatever we wanted.
I got the foie gras clams, the fifth quarter special which was pigs tongue arancini, the poutine ("gravy fries") and the bbq roasted pigs head. Everything was wonderful. The foie gras clams were very rich, and I was glad that it was such a small portion because I'm not sure I could have eaten more. It was nearly too salty, but not quite. Don brought us extra bread to sop up the broth, which was very considerate. The fifth quarter is a changing selection of organs meat dishes. That night is was pig's tongue arancini which was awesome. It was crispy and gooey and meaty and wonderful. The poutine was great, but mine was too salty. The pig's head was an experience. The bbq sauce was awesome, the presentation was great (a half of a head on a silver patter surrounded but buns, and lettuce to eat it in). The dish reminded me of David Chang's bossam, in that there was a giant piece of meat with lots of options for getting it to your mouth. I mostly used the lettuce wraps, because i was pretty full.
My boyfriend got the devil's on horseback (awesome), the chestnut gnocchi, the animal fries (poutine +mustard, bacon and 2 fried eggs), which were my boyfriend's favorite, and the pork chop saltimbocca. All were wonderful.
As mentioned, it was more food that we could eat, and I wouldn't do the tasting menu again, but it was great for a first experience and they were happy to pack things up for us.
I would recommend this for basically any occasion. I'd love to pop in and have a beer and some animal fries or a couple of the 1sts, or go back for another feast like this one.