Tommy's Restaurant
 Cleveland, Ohio     Date of Visit  03/20/11     
 http://www.tommyscoventry.com/

I am continuously stunned by the number options we have to satisfy our appetites and souls. We try to get out to new places on a regular basis and our friends have often taken on the task of finding us new experiences. Thatís the soul satisfying part; when you get to break new bread with fun folks and catch up. I had never heard of Tommyís but looked it up before we met for lunch and found some interesting things about the place. Itís been around in Coventry since 1972 and was once acclaimed by having the best milkshake this side of the Mississippi by Rolling Stone Magazine. They state they have done everything possible to avoid change. Fitting for Coventry.
 



 


 
 


Clean and Warming Broth and Tons of Veggies
 

If you have never been in Coventry imagine a Cleveland version of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco or South Street in Philadelphia. It is less Bohemian than the last time I was there with corporate forces making in-roads but the overall impression remains. Service seems scattered with a handful of folks rushing to take care of everything with little organization but it all worked out.

When I read about little change I expected the place to be a dive. Itís not. Open, bright and clean itís really nice inside. And itís packed. Always a great sign. We spent a while in the twisted toy shop next door and a few more minutes waiting for a table and here we go. The menu is focused on meeting the widely varied needs of modern diets. There are not many places where you can have a table including an omnivore, a vegetarian, a vegan and someone on a microbiotic diet and each will have plenty of choices. So. Is any of it any good?
 

 
 
I'm Pretty Sure This is The Dave...
 

And the Susie...Don't They Look Great?
 
 

I started with a bowl of the soup du which was a chipotle corn. They donít use a lot of salt (the fries come unadorned) but the soup had a nice bite of pepper with loads of vegetables and there are shakers on the table. They arenít annoying about it. I got a taste of a coffee milkshake and they are good here, nice balance of the bitter bean against good ice cream. Around the table we had a couple of salads, a cheeseburger and two meat pies. Oh, and loads of fries. The salads (Iím convinced were the Dave and the Susie) looked spectacular and the dressings are all homemade. The Susie comes with ham and cheese while the Dave includes baba, pickles, egg, olives and cheese. I think the olives in the picture might be special order. The fries are delicious (with a shake of salt) cut thick and fried dark. The burger was fine, nothing to write home aboutÖbut the meat pie, oh the meat pie!
 


Yawn, but Okay.
 

Blow Your Diet Off for The Fries
 

Pocket of Remarkable
 

The Crunch and Flavor of The Falafel Was Stupendous
 
 

A couple of us ordered the P.R. I suppose they didnít want their whole name on the menu. This is a lamb and beef patty wrapped in dough and served with falafel, veggies, sesame sauce and cheese. The bread is crisp and the patty has a nice hint of gaminess which is ameliorated by the beef. The cheese is weird but in a good way. The falafel is special. The fried bean cake has a crisp crust and a great flavor that really set the whole combo off. Add the sesame sauce and you have a delicious combination. There are a lot of different combinations at Tommyís and we will certainly be investigating more. A nice surprise was the delivery of the mint chocolate chip milkshake to go. I noticed a lot of folks walking out of Tommyís with shakes but didnít notice the added touch til we had one sitting on the table. They heat seal the top of the cup so your frosty to go treat stays intactÖand off of your seats. Tommyís turns out to be a tasty and fun experience, definitely worth a try, or several.


Once Known for Their Shakes, Which Are Good

 
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