25818 N. Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg
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I am all about expanding my children’s horizons and encouraging them to try new things, new activities, and new foods. I am a self-proclaimed foodie, and nothing makes me happier than an eclectic menu. I dined at Social Gastropub one time and fell in love with the restaurant immediately. I was experiencing an intense craving for Social, and decided it was time my children and close friends experienced it as well.
The more the merrier
Social is owned by former University of Toledo football players, and current Pittsburgh Steelers, Bruce Gradkowski and Lance Moore, as well as another business partner, Mike Graber. For a finer dining experience, they also own Gradkowski’s, as well as a new Social location in Illinois.
Social Gastropub is a most fitting name for this restaurant that opened in August 2013. With its open dining area, horseshoe bar, and very friendly waiting staff, one can’t help but feel welcome. Taking on the ‘90s idea from London, England, a gastropub is quite simply a place for great food and drinks. Pub refers to their incredible rotating craft beer selection, and gastronomy is the study of fine food and culture.
I’m not sure what I was thinking to show up after 6pm on a weekend leading into the holidays without a reservation. Unfortunately, there is no waiting area in the restaurant. I was thankful I didn’t have any little ones with me. However, they worked diligently to get us seats as soon as they could. On this particular evening, I noticed a wide range of customer ages, and as it turns out, that is one of the neatest things about their restaurant according to general manager, Jon Mickle.
Happy kids and happier foodies
Mickle said their guiding principle at Social is to take comfort food and put a twist on it. “We try to redo the menu every two months. It takes a lot of work but it is definitely worth it,” he said. Yes, there are dinner options for the kids, but you need to ask your server. For about $5, the meals include a beverage and some options come with fries or another side. Their mac-n-cheese is out of this world, and they offer burgers and grilled cheese
As for the foodie in me, as usual, I wanted one of everything. I’ve heard several friends rave about the roasted cauliflower with feta and goat cheese, lemon and olive oil. And oh my, it was delish. As surprising as this may sound, Mickle said it continues to be one of their best-selling appetizers. I enjoyed their calamari as well. However, maybe their smoked salmon dip or buffalo fried deviled eggs might suit you better.
Main entrees include a variety of sandwiches, specialty dinners and even salads. My daughter ventured to order the avocado egg salad on sourdough and enjoyed a side of their mac-n-cheese with cavatappi pasta. I devoured the bacon wrapped meatloaf sandwich topped with onion straws, stone ground mustard cream, and hickory sauce served on sourdough toast for $9.70 and a side of the mac-n-cheese. This was not a dieting evening by any means. I was so impressed with how they worked with my friend who preferred a vegan meal. They were very accommodating to help her put together her own entrée and she said it was wonderful.
My youngest was unable to be with us that evening, but I made sure he sampled all the leftovers the next day so that I could continue to expand his palate as well. He gave most everything a thumbs up. Since he hasn’t been there yet, it’s a fine excuse for us to return sooner rather than later.
Social Gastropub is a foodie’s paradise, but also a fun and comfortable place to enjoy a meal together with friends and family. Children of all ages are welcome and their menu choices are sure to please. Since the menu changes every few weeks, you never get bored with the “same ol’ same ol’.” It’s a popular destination so when possible, be sure to call ahead for reservations.
THE SHORT COURSE
To avoid wait: Reservations recommended, especially on weekends
Noise level: Loud
Bathroom amenities: Changing station
High chairs: Yes
Got milk: Yes, as well as lemonade and a variety of juice
Kids’ menu: Yes. Ask your server for selection
Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.