West End Legend Turns Twenty

Lakewood is a city full of wonderful taverns, bars, and restaurants. The array of food types affords you opportunity to sample cuisine from many parts of the globe and diversified cultures. One of the more popular and steadfast establishments is The West End Tavern. For nearly 20 years the West End has honed its food and spirits offerings keenly to provide something for everyone and performs this feat stylishly.

The décor is cozy and warm with tin ceilings, storefront windows, wooden booths, soft intimate lighting and of course a comfortable bar where a cast of regular characters reside each day of the week. The West End will appeal to the younger crowd for casual drinks and meeting people. More mature neighborhood folks meet there to see each other and visit with local politicians and business people.

The West End serves great tavern food throughout the day beginning with lunch and continuing through the dinner hours. The lunch menu is built around an excellent selection of sandwiches, (their burgers have been voted best in town in many reviews over the years) and entrées that will satisfy everyone's appetite.

There are creative appetizers and salad selections and the soups are excellent. The Black Bean Chili is one favorite, prepared like no other, and we recommend you get it with the sour cream and green onions; it is to die for.

Dinner offerings include hand-trimmed steaks as well as seafood selections. Please be sure to check out the daily specials; they offer a fresh change from the daily fare. Our favorite entrée - believe it or not - is the homemade meatloaf. Yes, meatloaf. The West End puts a mean twist on this American classic; it is served stacked with a generous slice of homemade mashed potatoes, topped with brown gravy and finished with a huge crispy fried onion ring. It is surrounded by a side of fresh steamed broccoli. This dish will satisfy the biggest appetites.

If this isn't enough to pique your interest, check out Sunday Brunch. The Brunch menu selections include some original and pleasing ways to slide into your Sunday morning. Try their Eggs Benedict Royale; a standard gourmet favorite except the Canadian bacon has been replaced by a savory sirloin steak. A vast selection of Omelets, stuffed French Toast with luscious cream cheese, and a host of other breakfast selections that will leave you satisfied enough to go home and take a nice Sunday nap. As an added adult treat, The West End offers one of the only Bloody Mary Bars in the area. You can make your Sunday eye opener to your personal taste. The Bloody Mary Bar begins with Zing Zang, a gourmet Bloody Mary mix. Then you add all the ingredients to make your Bloody Mary one that you will enjoy - all accoutrements are available.

In addition to a complete selection of all the premium high proof usual suspects, the West End offers an ample wine list. This includes a selection of half bottle choices and they pour those juicy McManis Vineyards Cabernet & Merlot by the glass. Beer selections are impressive and abundant. Bass Ale on draft is one of the popular choices.

The prices are fair, the staff is friendly and skilled; and the West End delivers. Highly Recommended for lunch, casual dinner, drinks, and good times.

Food served Monday through Friday 11:30 till 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 till 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 till 10:00 p.m.
The bar is open until 2:30 a.m.
The West End Tavern is located at 18514 Detroit Avenue. (216) 521-7684
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