It was a Sunday night, and I was in Ohio with my family. We decided to try a relatively new spot around the corner from my parents’ house – Frank and Pauly’s. The restaurant had opened in the old Sawyer House building – a building with tons of charm, and an eternally cool atmosphere. My words simply won’t do it justice. Just know this…The Sawyer House is on the National Register of Historic places as one of the only Stone Homes in Lake County. There are more pictures on their Facebook page.
The restaurant had only been open for a couple of months when we went there. It had a decent crowd – some larger tables eating family-style meals. Don’t think the hostess went unnoticed either. She was a beautiful girl, dressed fashionably, and with a bubbly personality – guys, trust me, you missed her personality, but she was quite welcoming. 😉
Because this was such a new place, I knew that I’d have trouble deciding what to order. I did decide that I couldn’t pass up a cup of the delicious Sawyer House Mushroom Bisque (a house favorite made with real cream, Kill buck Valley Wild mushrooms, Shallots and sherry, topped with brie cheese). I love that Frank and Pauly’s kept the Sawyer House name as a tribute too.
And, I have to give a huge “thank you” to Damion for sending me pictures of the food I experienced at Frank and Pauly’s – well after the fact. He was gracious enough to email me photos for this blog post. A true indication of the type of people we encountered at Frank and Pauly’s. Kind, generous, and accommodating!
Speaking of great people, our server, Jason, was very engaging and happy to walk us through the menu a bit. He got quite nervous when I asked him to simply choose a dish for me, and to surprise me. Seeing the fear in his face, my mom started trying to guide him (nothing too large, something kind of light, etc), and I had to interrupt her and impress upon him that the choice was 100% his.
Jason chose the Chicken Parmesan dinner for me. It was a huge dish – breaded center cut chicken breast, lightly fried topped with whole milk mozzarella and imported parmesan baked and served with our marinara sauce.
It was cooked beautifully, had wonderful flavor, and filled me up about 1/3 of the way through the dish! Several times, Jason came back to see if I enjoyed his recommendation – and I really did. He also told me that had this been a Saturday night and he had encountered a customer like me, he would have had a full-on panic attack! He really felt the pressure to deliver. And, he did, for both dinner and lunch the next day!
My family tried a variety of other salads and dishes, all very pleased with our meals, and with the service. We had a truly wonderful experience at Frank and Pauly’s. I’m looking forward to going back to try something else on the menu!
If you’re in Lake County, I suggest trying Frank and Pauly’s sometime. Delish!