I hope all my fellow foodies got the chance to get out and head up to Nemacolin Woodlands 3rd Annual Mountain Madness Chili Cook-off. They had a great crowd that were trying many different activities other than tasting chili, such as; rock climbing, zip line, ride the ski lift, ride the Rubicon Jeep Trail. Throughout the lot of 45 award-winning chefs were vendors selling everything from jewelry to T-shirts. Micro-breweries had booths set up to sample their latest brew. While the smell of chili filled the air, bands such as Girlz in Black Hats and the Delanies filled our ears with all their hits. Radio stations 102.5 WDVE and 105.9 The X were well represented announcing the different events along with celebrity appearances from Brett Keisel, Cameron Hayward, Phil Bourque and Arron Asham. It was a great time for all and hope to see you there next year.
Onto my restaurant review, a couple of friends of mine were in town last week from out of state and asked me to go to lunch. They wanted to go somewhere unique to the area, and I chose to meet them at the Titlow Tavern and Grill. I’ve always enjoyed my visits at the Titlow Tavern with the feel of an old town tavern. The entire bar, bar stools, tables, booths and floors are all hard wood. We entered the restaurant and seated ourselves where we met up with our waiter. With Titlow having Coca-Cola products, our waiter took our drink order leaving us to our menus.
Our waiter came back but we were not ready for him. I did want to get in an appetizer, so I quickly ordered the Fries Diablo keeping in mind I only get an hour for lunch. A couple minutes later he came back and we all ordered. I went with an Italian sub.
Only minutes later, the Fries Diablo arrived with a side of salsa and sour cream. They were loaded up with cheese and had a real Cajun flavor. Because of the large quantity and the great taste my friend, made the comment,
“If we come back here again, I’m just going to order this!”
Right before our sandwiches and burger came out, our waiter asked my friend if he could have back the salsa that came with our Fries Diablo, because my friend’s burger comes with salsa on it and that was the last serving of salsa they had. We were all a little stunned that he would come out and ask us that, but my friend wanted the salsa on the side anyway. Both my friend and his fiance do not like tomatoes and specifically asked not to have tomatoes on their sandwiches. My friend’s fiance had tomatoes on her sandwich. She was fine with her sandwich once she picked the tomatoes off, but believed she shouldn’t have had to in the first place. My toasted Italian sub was fresh and tasted great. It was a bit on the small side but it was just enough for lunch. The home made chips on the side had good flavor and crunch.
For lunch at the Titlow Tavern and Grill, prices were decent for a downtown restaurant. I spent just over $16.00 for Fries Diablo and an Italian sub with a drink. I would recommend the Titlow Tavern & Grill, but if you have a special request, make sure your request is well known.
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