Thursday, January 17, 2013
Trish's Cafe & Catering
Here's another place that I had driven past dozens of times, but never quite found the time to stop and try their food. We ended up going on Tuesday night, since there was a sign up advertising that as trivia night, starting around 6:30.
The place looks pretty inviting on the outside - check out the menu photo:
That looks a lot like a cafe, right? However, as soon as you go inside, you realize it is more or less a bar, and not a cafe. The lights were turned down too low, and the music was turned up too loud. If you like 70's rock where most of the songs weren't popular enough to get replayed on the radio much, then this might be the place for you. Well, that isn't entirely fair, since I did recognize a couple of the songs, including one by Bob Dylan. Then again, how can you not recognize when Bob Dylan is singing anything? I was also glad we did not sit anywhere near the door. Even though we sat all the way across the room on the far side, we could still certainly feel a cold draft whenever anyone entered or left the restaurant.
While we were looking over the menu, I noticed that the floor was missing quite a few floor tiles. The place seemed to have loyal regular customers who were rather vocal. I guess they were trying to talk over the music. Waitresses were attentive. I decided to try the ribeye steak, some onion rings and hash browns. It took about 25 minutes for the food to arrive.
The steak impressed me as far as flavor and portion size. I believe they may have used a rub of some type, because it was juicy and didn't need any sort of sauce. However, as you can see in the photo above, it had a bit more fat on one side than I would have expected. I think they should trim a big section of fat like that rather than serve it. Like so many other places, the hash browns weren't really browned very well, even though I asked them to please make them crunchy. They tasted fine, but the texture throughout wasn't crispy like I'd like.
The side salad was ornamental, cute, didn't skimp on the tomatoes, and had more than just 1 type of lettuce.
I truly enjoyed the onion rings. I guess I have gotten to the point where I expect places to bring out "pieces parts" onion rings, made out of onion bits instead of true rings. These were crispy, thin and very tasty!
Oh, I almost forgot, we did hang around to take part in the trivia contest. It was not digital or online like it is at some of the sports bars around the area - where you compete against players all over the place. Instead, a guy on crutches who most of the regulars knew came out and read the questions. The first round questions were easier than expected, but the second and third rounds had a lot of tougher questions. I enjoyed it overall, but unfortunately, the guy reading the questions kept getting the numbering messed up. He would finish question 4, then suddenly he was saying we were on number 6, etc. How hard is it to use a pen to check off the ones you have finished? This really got annoying, because it happened on every round at least once. Of course, then you're wondering if you're going to get marked off because your answers are on the wrong line, or something like that.
I would probably give this place a 6 out of a 10 on atmosphere, 8 out of 10 on the food, and 8 out of 10 on the service. If they would have a better variety of music and not play it as loud, it would go a long way towards improving the mood of the place.
Address: 112 South Main Street Union, Ohio
telephone: (937) 836-1093
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