According to recent rumors, there's a new hot spot in Jefferson County. The word on the street is that the Gaslite Restaurant is under new ownership and is thriving in Wintersville.
Naturally, the Buds - whose ears are finely tuned to pick up on any news swirling about in foodie circles - picked up on the pings and hence wasted no time in investigating the recently acquired intel.
The Gaslite Restaurant, located at 820 Canton Rd., has been in business for many decades and was recently acquired by the Petrella brothers. The new owners have revamped the menu adding several new appetizers and sandwiches as well as new wines and an expanded cocktail menu. They also added a daily $5 lunch special and nightly dinner specials. Ummumm...the Buds couldn't wait to dig in!
Grilled Chicken Salad
One thing the Buds know is that there is sure to be something for everyone at the eatery. The menu boasts steaks (for which they are gaining a lot of recognition), pork chops, ribs, barbecue ham, chicken, seafood, homemade gnocchi and cheese ravioli (YUM!!), sandwiches of all sorts, huge salads and more. Phew! Settling on one thing was no easy task. Thankfully, the very friendly server allowed us to take plenty of time in deciding.
Bud Em - who would like to apologize in advance for failing to be more adventurous on said lunch outing - ordered ... SURPRISE - a grilled chicken salad!! She tacked on a small order of cheesy garlic bread to make it just a little more interesting. Bud Em ordered the large size salad which rang in at $10.50 as opposed to the small size which is 6 bucks. The quarter loaf of garlic bread was served with marinara and rang in at just $2.
The salad was huge! So big in fact that half was immediately boxed and set aside. The salad was comprised of fresh romaine lettuce, shredded mozzarella and American cheeses, tomato wedges, onion rings, strips of grilled chicken and plenty of crispy fries. The salad also comes with egg, which Bud Em chose not to have. Served with their tasty Italian dressing, the salad made a delicious and filling lunch AND dinner. All of the veggies were fresh and crisp and the chicken was tender and lean. Buds are suckers for a good grilled chicken salad! The cheesy garlic bread was the also excellent, especially the homemade marinara sauce for dipping, which was chunky and perfectly seasoned. We'd guess that the sauce makes their pastas quite popular.
Bud Shaunna, on the other hand, DID feel more adventurous than usual and ordered a 6-inch Pittsburgh Style Sandwich for $6.50 (if you call that adventurous). A whole loaf is also available for 15 bucks, but that's a whole lotta bread for someone not usually a bread eater. Chunks of steak were topped with cheese, fries and cole slaw and then sandwiched between two toasted slices of thick bread. Time for regret would come later, so Bud S just dug in and chose to enjoy the moment.
Of course when presented with any overstuffed sandwich, the components tend to flop out at some point, meaning Bud S took the opportunity to sample the individual items. The steak tasted pretty good, although Bud S would have preferred it not to be so well done. The fries and slaw were both homemade, and the slaw was more vinegary than it was sweet. By itself, Bud S didn't much care for the cole slaw, but together with the rest of the flavors on the sandwich, it worked. Probably one of the tastiest parts of the sandwich was the toasty bread itself, which may or may not have sported a hint of garlic.
The friendly waiter tried his darndest to sell the Buds on dessert, even bringing out a tempting dish to wave under our noses, but it was only by a miracle that the Buds resisted. Wow! That was difficult!! Even if we wanted dessert, we just didn't have any room left for it.
Overall, the Buds enjoyed their visit to the Gaslite Restaurant. The menu is large, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is comfortable and casual. It's a great place to check out for lunch or dinner. The Buds suggest you stop by and see what's new!
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com