Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sweet Granville

Victoria's Parlour
134 Broadway E
Granville, Ohio 43023
June 12, 2010
2ish pm

On a fresh and warm Saturday in June we decided to go for a drive and explore a little outside our familiar city.  I had read an article not too long ago in Ohio Magazine about Granville and we decided to check it out.  As we drove through town we were struck by the quaintness of the houses in the village and the great shops and restaurants along the main street.  We went a little farther and loved the rolling green hills and beauty of Denison's campus.  It was the picture of a great small American town. 

We spent a bit meandering down and around East Broadway enjoying the shops, admiring the houses, and trying to decide where we wanted to stop for a bite to eat.  There were many great choices, but finally we picked a cute old-fashioned ice cream parlor.  When you walk in you feel like you're walking back in time, complete with servers dressed in Victorian era garb!  We loved the classic black and white checkered floor and heart shaped, white iron soda fountain chairs.  We could just imagine a high school couple from long ago sitting, talking, and sharing a Coke with 2 straws!  There could not be a better picture of Americana. 

As we looked over the menu we saw classic soda fountain drinks with the flavor added in store.  I decided I had to try a blackberry Coke.  Alas, it was a bit too sweet for my preference; but Erik's cherry Coke was great! 

For lunch Erik went with a grilled cheese with roasted red pepper.  The bread was nicely grilled and had a great butter flavor.  The cheese and red pepper were a great combination!  This was a great sandwich. 

I went with a classic Caesar chicken salad.  It was exactly what you would expect with  expertly grilled chicken, fresh romaine, a sprinkling of cheese, and a good flavored Caesar dressing. 

After lunch we were stuffed, but figured we couldn't leave without actually trying the ice cream.  We decided to share a pistachio gelato and walk a little more around Granville (in a vain attempt to walk off some of those extra calories)!  The ice cream had a great flavor with nice chunks of pistachio in it, but it definitely had the texture of an ice cream rather than a gelato.  However, we're not complaining. 

What a sweet ending to a quaint village stroll and a sweet time!

Bill total:  2 flavored Cokes, a grilled cheese, a chicken Caesar salad, gelato, and a tip = $21

Overall Rating:  3 1/2 buckeyes

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