Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar combines friendly
atmosphere with quality pub fare in Berea Ohio
Phillips, Sun News
Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 4:14 PM
There has been all sorts of rumors regarding the Eastland Inn’s
early years. According to one of those rumors, the inn got its start
as a speakeasy, before moving to its present location after
Whatever its past, it’s likely that the inn served as a
well-liked community gathering space, if its present casual
cheeriness is any indication. Maybe it’s because the inn is located
in a college town (Berea is home to Baldwin-Wallace College), but it
seems to attract a nicely mixed clientele that makes it welcoming to
all. Everyone from professors and BW college students, to retirees, to
families with small children, to high school kids seems to enjoy the
Tuesday burger special (buy one, get one for $1.50).
The owners actively nurture this variety of customers,
making the cozy inn feel more like a family-friendly, old-style
British pub or European cafe', rather than a mere watering hole. Of
his variety of customers, “They all seem to mesh really
In addition to its friendly service, The Eastland Inn Restaurant
and Bar appeals to
customers with its budget-friendly daily specials.
On a recent Wednesday night visit, featured specials included
crab legs ($14.95) and tender strip steak ($8.95). The generous
portion of perfectly steamed Alaskan king crab legs arrived cleverly
presented in a metal bucket, with a special tool for making short
work of the shells. Skin-on French fries sprinkled with malt vinegar
made a delicious accompaniment, as did some of Dave’s thick and
creamy beer-cheese soup (although a tad salty). Washed down with a
smooth Rolling Rock beer, it made for a most pleasant, all-American
The inns’ excellent fish fries ($12.95), made with fresh Lake
Erie perch, are another customer favorite. They want everyone to
know that they’re available every day for lunch or dinner, not just
on Fridays or during Lent. Seafood lovers can also look forward to a
month-long lobster event beginning in mid-June.
In addition to super specials, The Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar offers a great
variety of chicken, veal, and pasta dishes, such as a sweet
Cincinnati chili ($8.95), as well as salads, sandwiches and lighter
fare, such as its New Orleans-inspired muffaletta on focaccia
Looking for just a bite to go with a drink? Try Dave’s “Dirty
Nachos” ($6.95), featuring a tasty combination of artichokes,
spinach, melted cheeses, tomato, scallions, and black olives topping
a mound of crunchy pita chips.
The Eastland Inn Restaurant & Bar is at 33 Eastland Road in Berea. The inn is open
from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. daily. Call
Phillips is a freelance food writer in Avon Lake.
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