I've lived in Cleveland for my entire life and I've only recently started to explore Shaker Heights. Growing up in the wild, wild east (hello, un-awesome Lake County), Shaker Heights was a place I don't even think I'd heard of. So even though I live relatively close to Shaker, I just never think to go there. Until recently. I've been hitting up the market on Saturdays for all sorts of fresh veggies (at least until my Fresh Fork Market CSA subscription starts) and have started to notice that there are a bunch of places I need to try out.
My boyfriend was a little hesitant to go to with me to Grotto this past weekend. Until I explained that this wine bar/restaurant is owned by the same people who own the uber friendly Lago in Tremont. We both love Lago (and are VERY interested to see what happens when they move to the Flats) so I figured we'd probably like Grotto, too. And I think we actually both remarked that we might even like Grotto better after the meal we had there.
Despite being a wine bar, Grotto has a pretty limited wine menu. Interesting, but I'm no wine snob. I had a couple $8 glasses of an unremarkable Riesling, but I was happy. My boyfriend attempted to order a Moscow mule but their full bar didn't have ginger beer. Oh well. He had beer instead.
We were brought some fresh bread to nosh on while we waited to order. Our poor server seemed a bit overwhelmed. We stopped in on a Friday night, and the place seemed to be hopping with people. Servers? Not so much. I ordered a salad to start and my boyfriend ordered an order of pommes frites. Our waiter scored immediate points with me by being able to tell me that the fries were fried in canola oil and not something like duck fat without even having to ask. I ordered the vegetarian lasagna as my entree and my boyfriend ordered lobster gnocchi because the lobster gnocchi at Lago is one of his favorite things ever.
|The vegetarian lasagna is better than my picture taking abilities.|
Sorry Lago, but I think you've just lost two super fans. I think we'll be hitting up Grotto much more often.