Yesterday, I went to dinner with The Boyfriend and his father. The Boyfriend found a great place I'd not heard of called The Crest. I am in love! The Crest is a fun little gastropub with a delicious menu and a commitment to eating locally and sustainably. The Crest has a vegetable and herb garden on the roof, cisterns to gather excess rainwater, 10% off if you ride your bike to the restaurant, and a menu chock full of local meats, dairy, and produce. They even have kombucha on tap, if you're not into their wide selection of beers.
I had a ginger beer, as I wasn't feeling like alcohol. Frankly, I was overwhelmed by the menu (and a little full from lunch), so I ended up getting the grilled cheese and fries. They were delicious, don't get me wrong, but today I'm wishing I'd tried the kale and quinoa salad, the truffle mac and cheese, or the melon gazpacho. The grilled cheese was cheddar and gruyere with a tomato sauce and allegedly carmelized onions (mine ended up being raw). You could add bacon or a few other meat options to it, but I went for pure cheese. They weren't stingy with it either! It's up there with a Bodega grilled cheese.
The Boyfriend got the Crest Burger, which was Ohio grassfed beef, harvati, mushrooms, and carmelized onions. There was some sauce as well, I think, but The Boyfriend prefers to drown his burgers in ketchup, so who knows what type of sauce it was! He tried the roasted vegetable side, rather than fries, and I admit, the roasted squash looked amazing. He also tried some sort of Ohio beer - Bodhi something or other - and said it was pretty good. The nice thing about The Crest is that they offer samples of the beer if you're not sure what to try.
The Boyfriend's dad ended up with a portobello mushroom and roasted vegetable sandwich on foccacia with a side salad. He raved about both and they did look pretty good. He didn't like his beer as much, but I think he randomly picked one from the menu without any idea what he was getting. At least it was drinkable. Some times I've done that, and the results have been tragic.
Since it was his birthday, we ended up with a slice of chocolate cake that was the best chocolate cake I've ever had. Moist, dense, and with some sort of ganache filling between the layers, the three of us couldn't even finish it. The slice was huge! It was also topped with some berries, which I liked, although The Boyfriend made his usual complaints about pairing chocolate and fruit. Who doesn't like chocolate and fruit together?
I saw that The Crest has live music a few times a week and a sign about brunch, so I know we'll be back. It was a great experience, and the food more than makes up for the loud atmosphere. There's a large patio, too, so outside is always an option (although maybe you'll have to put up with people smoking ganja on the patio like they were last night). A+ experience; would eat again.