I want to remind everyone that I will be picking a reader to join me for a meal on my summer food tour of local restaurants. To enter for a chance to eat with me, all you have to do is send me an email with your name, address and telephone number to Akochirka@goerie.com.
Hopefully, one of these weeks I will have a clear night to eat outside. The 15 mile trip from Erie to Edinboro Lake is great. Route 99 is scenic and quick. Amanda and I arrived at the Sunset Grill shortly after 6 P.M. The inside tables were all reserved for a party, but that didn’t matter because it was the outside seating we were interested in. With tables just feet from the water’s edge, the outdoor patio style dock is perfect for summer dining. Our server, Laura, gave us a few minutes with our menus while she got us some drinks. She told us that she really did enjoy all of the food, but gave us some of her favorites as well as some of the more popular dishes. We were torn between salads and pizza, but both of us decided pizza was a better path. I went with Annette’s Spicy Sausage pizza and Amanda ordered the Spinach Artichoke pizza.
We got a hummus appetizer to start with. It was a little on the small side for a $6 appetizer, however, I am glad we ordered it because the kitchen accidentally burned one (or possibly both) of our pizzas, so with the remake, it took a while to get our food. The pizzas were both very simple as well as delicious. On the menu, they have spinach artichoke dip and spicy sausage dip (as well as a few others). The pizzas that we ordered were just flakey crusts with some doctored up dips. If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Annette’s Spicy Sausage pizza is hot sausage mixed with diced tomatoes and some cream cheese instead of a normal red sauce. It is topped with sweet peppers, black olives and a blend of cheeses. The heat was subtle, but delicious. The cream cheese really allowed the flavors of the sausage and the peppers to shine. Next time, I might ask for some pepper flakes or hot sauce, but it is for sure a pizza I would order again.
Amanda’s Spinach Artichoke pizza was very similar. The spinach artichoke dip was spread over the crust and topped with chunks of tomato as well as big pieces of chicken. The chicken really had that home cooked taste to it and finished off the pizza perfectly. I think there needs to be more artichoke in the dip. Maybe grilling a few hearts and adding them would do the trick.
The drive out there and the ambiance of the lake would be worth it alone. Throw in some good food and it really makes the night. Thank you to Laura for the great service. I will be back for sure.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food