After our lengthy day of shopping – we hiked it from the hotel to JAFB – the brewery in Wooster. This place was HOPPING! There was a polka band on tap – and mind you this was a Wednesday night…
The girls and I tried the Wayne County Cream Ale and it was tasty! They had no ciders on tap – so I had to go for the lightest beer – which was fine. It tasted good and made my sore tootsies feel a little better.
And then – just like Buddy the Elf – I yelled SANTA’S HERE!!!!!! Polka Santa was coming by to say hello and I had to get a pic with the bearded one.
The thing to note is the super eclectic crowd. This is a microbrewery near a college in a small farming town on a Wednesday night with a polka band – and IT WAS PACKED. I mean PACKED! There were college kids, farming guys, old people, young people and even Judge Smails and Napoleon Dynamite. (Oh how I wish I’d been able to sneak photos – but trust me – it was them.)
We had a great time – you can bring your own food because they don’t serve any – and the crowd was super friendly. I highly recommend it if you’re nearby. If you’re from there – I’m sure you already know how great it is!
After a beer – we headed back to the other end of downtown (a brisk ten minute walk) to dine at The City Square where giant hunks of cow awaited us.
Oh Certified Angus Beef – how I love you. Let me just get on my soap box here for un momento. Are you a Kroger shopper? Have you never experienced the wonderment of Certified Angus Beef? Well – do me this one favor. Buy all your other
overpriced groceries at Kroger…but then stop by Meijer and get a CAB Ribeye. Meijer carries a great selection of CAB and I buy nothing else. After you cook that ribeye up (here’s how you pan-sear to a perfect med rare) – come back and let me know how truly amazing it was and how thankful you are that you FINALLY took my advice. 🙂
We started off with fresh baked bread – super warm and served with soft butter. Very tasty – we all scarfed this one down.
For an appetizer – there was a lot to choose from: brisket, cheese fries, crab cakes and more – but we landed on the Chef’s Cheese Board ($12). With a selection of Sheep’s Milk Cheese, Gouda, Goat Cheese, Honey, Dates, Pecans and Crackers – it was tasty! I loved the goat cheese drizzled in honey but it was all very tasty. I would have liked if the pecans had a little sweetness to them.
Then – the ribeye. Ohio-sourced, Certified Angus, center cut Ribeye ($33.95). There was a side of mashed potatoes but I was getting full – so I barely touched them. They were fine – seemed cheesy but I don’t think they were. Not the best I’ve had – a little too gloppy. But again – I barely touched them. There was a beautiful hunk of cow that needed to be devoured.
Oh my – just look at that beautiful hunk of cow. Crispy salty sear on the outside – perfect mid-rare on the inside. I savored every bite. This is a good steak.
I’m not sure how it happened – but I seemed to channel my friend Danielle and locate a dessert pocket somewhere in my belly. The server said Creme Brulee and I said yes before even thinking. Other people were drinking coffee or booze…I was completely satisfied with my creamy goodness.
Why Should You Go? If you want delicious steak – it’s the place to go. 🙂