The cold has set in around Erie and food is one of the few things that really helps get through the cold months. This week was the first stop on my soup/appetizer tour of the area. With the Souper Bowl being held last week, I wanted to try soup from any of the top locations. George’s Restaurant at 2614 Glenwood Park Avenue came in with the most votes in this week’s poll and just so happened to come in 3rd place at the Souper Bowl.
Lunch at George’s was easier due to them only having dinner hours a few nights a week. Amanda and I went during our lunch break on Tuesday and there was a good lunch crowd inside. I saw on the specials board that the soup du jour was a Gumbo, but I didn’t want to make a decision without looking at the menu. I opened the menu and came face to face with their award winning Cajun crab bisque. With shelves full of trophies, plaques and ribbons for this soup, I figured it had to be good. I got a bowl of the bisque with a side of toast and Amanda got a bowl of the Gumbo and a side of their home-made mashed potatoes (which they are also known for) with cheddar and broccoli.
The food arrived in great time even with the lunch rush. The soups looked almost identical and our server had to go ask which was which to make sure we got what we ordered. Both soups smelled delicious. My Cajun crab bisque was full of carrots, onions and peppers. I would only assume it was started with a fish stock and maybe some clam juice. The crushed tomatoes mixed with heavy cream made for a great, rich broth and the combination of spices gave it just the right amount of heat. From the look of the actual crab meat, I believe it to be imitation. I thought the soup was delicious, but I can only imagine how great it would be with the real stuff.
The Gumbo started the same, but with chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and cream. Carrots and onions were paired with okra and green peppers. There also were good sized chunks of chicken, ground sausage, and extra small shrimp. The shrimp was overcooked to the point of almost disintegrating, but they didn’t really ruin the taste. This soup was also seasoned perfectly with good flavor and heat.
This was a decent start to my soup tour. I haven’t ever tried the top two winners from the Souper Bowl, but I feel the bisque was rightfully near the top. Thanks for the speedy service and good lunch. You can call (814) 455-0860 to get their hours or place orders.
Until next time,
Andrew — Beard vs. Food