Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 21, 2015
The Crest Gastropub just opened a second restaurant on Parsons Avenue near Children’s Hospital.
The Crest is part of A & R Creative Group, which owns another Crest Gastropub in Clintonville, The Market Italian Village, Ethyl & Tank, Fourth Street Bar & Grille, Cafe del Mundo, and Alchemy Juice Bar, next door to the new Crest.
The Crest Gastropub is located in a new space on Parsons Avenue, just south of Livingston Avenue. The 4,400 square foot space is ultra modern with high open ceilings and trendy decor with wood tables, bentwood cafe chairs, and spaces that permit conversation. There is ample parking.
We visited for lunch in the first week. I enjoyed a Gosling’s ginger beer, chilled and spicy. We shared the shankleesh (Lebanese spread) with feta and tomato on crostini.
I loved the taco trio: Ohio Proud braised pork belly, roasted corn, and chimichurri sauce; sauteed Lake Erie walleye with cilantro cream; and Ohio Proud marinated beef tips with Ancho chile salsa ($12).
I also enjoyed the interesting Lake Erie walleye croquettes with spicy sauce, a large portion to share ($10).
The Crest side salad was fresh and tasty ($6). Next visit, I want to try the bahn mi pork sliders ($12), mac & cheese ($7), and one of the six burgers: lamb, bison, salmon, falafel, Americana, and house. Service was very attentive.
The menu includes five snacks ($4 – $6), 10 small plates ($7 – $18); five salads ($12 – $14); seven sandwiches ($12 – $16); five entrees at dinner (lamb, trout, game hen, flank steak, and asparagus, $15 – 20); and three desserts (eclairs, mille feuille, cheesecake ($7 – 8).
The bar includes 15 local draft beers, 25 draft beers in all, cocktails, and a small wine list.
Chef Julian Menaged was the opening Chef at The Market Italian Village, and before that worked at the Refectory.
The Crest Gastropub is off to a strong start with very good food in an attractive setting.
The Crest Gastropub
621 Parsons Ave, 43201
Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 11am – 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am – 12am