a great friday night – and a new favorite

This past Friday, Jamie and I went to an art showing put on by one of our friends, some of you can watch at Far and Away, then headed to the Tremont Art Walk (first Friday of every month). We were joined by a few more friends, which made for a great evening. The showing was at the Wooltex Gallery in the Tower Press building. What a great job they have done restoring this building. The space is housed by many local and very talented artists. I was pleasantly surprised by everything I saw. Wonderful paintings in the main space, then open apartments filled with everything from pottery, to beautifully designed note cards and wrapping paper, jewelery and very cute clothes and fun clutches (check out pinky’s daily planner for my favorite collection from that night). From there, we went to the Tremont Art Walk, but by that time, I was so hungry, I didn’t really spend too much time in any one place. I did however take notice of the great crowd. A very diverse mix of old and young, city dwellers and suburbanites. I think I even spotted a few of my parent’s neighbors from Solon. It was great to see so many people out on a Friday night in one of the city’s best neighborhoods. Since it was finally 10:00, we were ready to leave the boutiques and art galleries behind us and head to Lolita for the second shift of happy hour. Unfortunately, they weren’t ready for us – not until 10:30 anyway (we had 8 people with us). To kill time, we went to 806 for a drink. And this is where I discovered a new favorite! I’ve been to 806 several times before, but never on the patio. The patio is very cozy, maybe 8 tables. It’s well hidden and feels like the patio of a vacation rental someplace in northern California or off the slopes in Colorado. It’s all stacked brick with a giant fireplace in the center. You can tell the owners paid a lot of attention to the detail. I was very happy and even a bit disappointed when it was time to leave to eat (but the fact that I haven’t eaten since lunch quickly surpassed the disappointment). At Lolita, we had our usual: two glasses of wine and split the kobe burger, prosciutto flat bread and goat cheese and rosemary mac n cheese. The service was great and food was even better. And we left there spending only $33, tip included. Seriously – how can you beat that?


  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I hope you didn’t ask for separate checks with your party of 8. And I hope that while you are so happy to have spent only $33, that a decent amount went to a tip. I like your passion for food; I hope you have the same passion for the servers.

  2. michelle v
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    oh absolutely! As a former server, I would never leave less than 20% (and usually more) unless the server was so unbelievably terrible. I was a server/bartender throughout college and after so I know what it’s like. In fact, I tell people everyone should serve at least once in their life b/c I think it might change their mind on a few things. No worries, it was one check for the group and the server was very well taken care of.

  3. Billy Idol for President
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Let’s talk here!..Not a mentioned of any of the fine wineries that are located EAST of Solon Heights. Shame, shame , shame…For a day of sunshine, music, fun food and fine wine check out Debonné Vineyards in far, far away Madison, Ohio. I highly recommend the new release “CAB / CAB”. Not a mention of La Tortilla Feliz and great time had by all last June?

    PS – I hope you are not going to divulge that green mint shop recipe.