Wednesday, May 8, 2013

cleveland-heath - edwardsville, il
106 north main street
edwardsville, il 62025

about the restaurant:
- located in downtown edwardville, illinois
- run by a pair of culinary institute of america (napa valley) graduates, one of which spent significant time under chef thomas keller at both ad hoc and the french laundry
- "gourmet comfort" is how the restaurant describes its cooking
- open continuously from lunch through reservations
details of our visit:
arrived around 1:30pm on a wednesday to find the restaurant about half full.
sazerac - rye, absinthe, simple syrup, lemon twist
aviation - creme de violette, hendricks gin, luxardo maraschino, lemon
creole shrimp 'n' cornbread - rock shrimp, griddled trinity cornbread
pork belly - pineapple, lime, vanilla, avocado, jalapeno 
pork porterhouse - rensing's porterhouse porkchop, cheddar jalapeno bread pudding, green beans, sunny side up egg
street tacos - rock shrimp, red and green cabbage, spicy aioli, flour tortilla, kale side salad
cheddar drop biscuit with cherry jam and honey butter
brussels sprouts - lemon, parmesan, vinaigrette, capers, shallots 
beignets - brioche, salted caramel chantilly cream
turtle bread pudding - dark chocolate, candied pecans, vanilla ice cream

i knew we were in good hands when the hostess saw us approaching and swung the front door open with a warm hello and welcomed us into the restaurant. things were just as good at the table, with our server being friendly, helpful, and genuinely interested in hearing our thoughts on the food.

i had heard good things, but was honestly still shocked at how good everything was. between the two of us, we tried eight different items, and i am serious when i say that each and every bite i had at cleveland-heath was delicious. portions are beyond generous without sacrificing quality and the pricing is extremely reasonable. we stuffed ourselves silly at the table for less than $100 (before tip), and still had leftovers. 

overall thoughts:
i have been raving over this meal for the last few weeks now, even telling people who i don't normally talk about food with how great everything was. what is so awesome about cleveland-heath is that it is truly a restaurant for everyone. casual diners and gourmands will both do very well here. i am going to end this now before my gushing becomes at cleveland-heath!

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