Lorie’s Wildridge Restaurant

By | February 6, 2013 10:07 am | 1 Comment

 

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This week was forced to take a slight turn. After receiving over 100 votes this week, L’Olivo came in at the top of my poll. I found out, however, that they serve a smaller bar menu during the week and only have the full dinner menu available Friday and Saturday night. I’m trying to make it work for another week, but this week, I visited Lorie’s Wildridge Restaurant. My coworker Steve Puskar had never been to Lorie’s before so we drove out to 5455 West Ridge Road on Tuesday for lunch. The restaurant had a large lunch crowd, but there wasn’t a wait for a table. Our server, Robin, told us about the specials, made a few helpful suggestions and left us to our menus. After some back and forth deliberations, Steve and I finally decided on lunch.

lories-wildridge_pot-roastSteve ordered the tender pot roast with a side of mashed red skin potatoes with gravy and mac and cheese. A huge plate filled with a 1/2 pound of oven roasted pot roast and vegetables arrived at the table with a mound of mashed potatoes and a small crock of mac and cheese. The pot roast was incredibly moist and fell apart in your mouth. The veggies from the roasting pan were full of flavor and mixed perfectly with the roast. I know I’ve said it before, but I typically do not like gravy. The gravy on the meat and potatoes was rich without being overwhelming and was delicious. The homemade mashed potatoes had beautiful texture and were the obvious choice as a perfect side to go with this plate of food. The pasta in the mac and cheese was perfectly al dente and was coated in a creamy, melty cheese mixture. The cheese pulled just a bit with each forkful. The rich flavor and stick-to-your-ribs quality really made it true comfort food.

lories-wildridge_country-steakI went with the country fried steak with a baked sweet potato and mac and cheese. The thin, but large, chopped steak was very lightly coated in a delicious seasoned breading and fried to a golden brown. The steak was topped with a simple country-style gravy. The gravy was creamy and had a velvety, unctuous mouth feel. The saltiness of the steak paired with the gravy was heavenly. Steve cleared his plate quickly, but I really savored every bite of this steak. The sweet potato was cooked perfectly and, when topped with cinnamon butter, was a fantastic accompaniment to my lunch. The mac and cheese was the same as Steve’s and was every bit as delicious.

We were convinced by Robin to order some of their incredible homemade desserts to end our already filling meal. After we finished with our lunch, I got a chance to talk with Lorie herself about the restaurant and her food. Thank you to both Robin and Lorie for the wonderful hospitality, service, and food. I know that I will be back and I am sure that Steve will be too.

The phone number for Lorie’s is 814-838-3402. However, they do not take reservations so there may be a wait (I assure you, it’s worth it). They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Keep sending me your recommendations for local favorite comfort foods to akochirka@goerie.com or to the Beard Vs. Food Facebook.  Remember to come back and vote as well.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

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One Response to “Lorie’s Wildridge Restaurant”

  1. Mr. Watts says:

    Where is the new poll that hopefully has Waterford Hotel as a choice?

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