Johnny B’s

   February 19, 2013 11:44 am    0

 

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After a back-and-forth voting battle, Johnny B’s came out on top. Amanda and I were joined last night for dinner by friends Joel Brennan and Brittany Bilski at 37 Vine St in North East. This neighborhood hangout is inviting to just about anyone, offering a good-sized dining room as well as a large bar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served Monday through Saturday and their menu is diverse for all three meals. Amanda and I got there first, so we figured out what we wanted rather quickly. Once Joel and Brittany arrived, we placed our orders and waited for our food.

Our meal started with salad and bread. A salad of mixed greens, carrots, and tomatoes was topped with garlic croutons and dressing of choice. A basket of fresh bread and butter was served alongside it. Both items were simple and standard, but were good nonetheless.

johhny-bs_spaghettiOur dinners were served shortly after we finished our salads. Amanda and Brittany both ordered pasta dishes. Amanda chose the basic spaghetti. served with a choice of meatballs, sausage, or one of each in their house red sauce. The noodles were thinner than most spaghetti noodles, closer to a capellini. The sauce was also on the thin side. but very flavorful. The meatball and sausage were both cooked perfectly and were well seasoned, making for a good plate of pasta.

johhny-bs_seafood-alfredoBrittany went with the seafood alfredo which was wonderful. A plate of linguine was tossed with a creamy sauce and chunks of crab and shrimp. The sauce was velvety, rich, and cheesy, everything you would want from an alfredo pasta dish. The pasta was cooked well and the seafood added a delicious layer of flavor and texture. This was my favorite dish at the table and truly fit the definition of comfort food.

johhny-bs_prime-ribJoel and I actually ordered the same thing. As a special, they were serving a 10 – 12 oz. prime rib. We were slightly worried how the meat would be since it was coming close to closing time, but we were not disappointed. Our slices of meat were Angus Reserve and cooked to a perfect medium rare. They were served with a side of jus as well as a horseradish cream sauce that was delicious. The outside of the meat was coated with a pepper rub and added a ton of flavor to the dish. As a side, I ordered a cup of their scratch-made mashed red skin potatoes that were fantastic. I would have eaten seconds of them if they were offered to me.

Thank you to our server and the staff for giving us good service regardless of the time of night. The diverse menu has something for everyone and it is obvious why this is a local favorite. They are also on the Erie Fine Dining card.

The phone number for Johnny B’s is (814) 725-1762. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

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