With the weather being near perfect on Saturday, and the fact that we had a little something to celebrate, we decided to have lunch outside at Gamekeeper’s in Chagrin Falls. In a town that is very Norman Rockwell-ish, this little tavern with its perfectly manicured grounds and quaint, well-kept patio, fits right in.
We started off with two glasses of pinot noir. Again, my poor habit of failing to remember the wine strikes again. But in this case, that’s ok. The wine was just alright. But, sipping wine outside on a beautiful fall afternoon makes up for it. For lunch, we each had a bowl of tomato bisque with a grilled three cheese on multi grain. I believe the cheeses were gruyere, mozzarella and swiss. The soup was pretty good and I really enjoyed the sandwich. It was simple lunch and all I was in the mood for. I’ve had other items at Gamekeeper’s over the years and it’s usually pretty consistent – good but not great food. The atmosphere of this place, on this quaint street of this quaint town, is really what does it for me. And right next to Gamekeeper’s is the Inn of Chagrin Falls, and next to that is a little wine bar – with perhaps one of my favorite patios – called 87 West. We stayed at the Inn on our wedding night (highly recommend this place) and visit the wine bar often. I read in the PD that the team behind all of this will soon be opening a casual panini shop next to Gamekeeper’s sometime in the near future.
After lunch, we stopped at Cuffs to pick up some wine. This shop is known for its clothes, but friends of ours turned us on to the little wine shop inside and the very friendly and knowledgeable owner, Roger (I assume he’s the owner, could be wrong). We picked up two bottles of Mas de la Dame (blended red) and one bottle of Jaffurs syrah. It’s a cute little shop with a nice selection and is worth checking out if you’re in the area.