Showing posts with label Geneva. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Geneva. Show all posts


Eddies Grill - Pizza

14 weeks until Geneva On The Lake awakens from its winter slumber and the shops open for business. Always our first order of business is to eat at Eddie's Grill on the strip. Eddie’s Grill is a favorite summer spot famous for it’s burgers, hot dogs, and fries all served in an old fashioned sock hop diner atmosphere. Eddie’s also serves a great pizza just like the one pictured.

We placed our order and received a call number and was told it would be about 10 minutes. The timing was just about perfect and we took the pizza and found ourselves a booth inside Eddie’s.

The large plain cheese pizza cost $10.00 and was very well cooked. The crust was crunchy, the cheese melted but not burned, and the sauce zesty. Each slice was cut all the way through for easy separation of each slice. And it tasted great.

The Grassy Knoll Institute awards 4.5 shots out of 5 and recommends Eddie’s Grill pizza for dinner.



Eddies Grill - Foot Long Chili Dog

Eddie's Grill - Chili Dog
As the last day of Summer ended at 4:44 PM today, my thoughts drifted back to Geneva-On-The-Lake. Particularly Eddie’s Grill and their famous cheeseburgers and incredible chili dogs. We were able to get back one more time before the Geneva Strip closed for the Summer and of course stopped at Eddies.

This particular Saturday, the strip, and Eddies was not packed, crowded yes, but not packed. We were lucky to procure a booth inside Eddies. I placed my order at the counter and received my order number and returned to my booth. In less than ten minutes my number was called and I went to retrieve my tray of food.

The foot long chili cheese dog was messy of course but tasted fantastic. The bun fresh and firm, the dog itself hot and well cooked, the cheese plentiful, and the chili topping, very zesty and complimented the hot dog. The foot long should be shared by two people unless you are very hungry.

The fries were standard eddies Grill fries. Good, crispy, and enough to complete the meal.

And of course, the cheeseburger that I had to have. Take a close look at the cheeseburger pictured. Now look at the two pictures of the picture of the cheeseburger on the wall. It is identical right down to the melted dripping cheese coming out of the bun. Truth in advertising. Of course it was very good tasting. A great way to end the Summer season.

See you next year Eddies….



Eddies Grill - Geneva - Double Cheeseburger

Eddies Grill Counter Service
This was my first visit to Geneva for the 2013 Summer season and it began on a sad note. Coming into Geneva, I spotted the empty lot on the lake side of the road where an old little gray house once stood. It had lost its battle to erosion.

I needed some cheering up and Eddie's Grill was just the "Cow Bell" to do it. We luckily found a parking spot on the parkway and walked over to Eddie's. We bellied up to the counter and I ordered the usual. (A double cheeseburger, french fries, and a diet pop) The hot dog was my sons.

As soon as you sit down at the counter, you get the feeling of being magically transported back in time to the 1950′s. I always expect to see Fonzie smacking the jukebox to play his favorite song. Aeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

As usual, the cheeseburger was almost heavenly, cooked to perfection, juicy, and fresh. The fries were good and plentiful. The atmosphere out of this world. Even though Eddie's is always crowded, the service is very fast.

The Boys Of Summer will be going back again next week.



Eddie’s Grill - Cheeseburger- Take Out - Geneva

Iconic Eddie's Grill
Eddie's Grill is a classic iconic restaurant located at Geneva On The Lake, in Ohio. Established in 1950, Eddie's Grill is a traditional lunch and dinner stop for thousands of returning patrons, young and old. Eddie's captured the 1950's diner mystique and hasn't changed in all the years I have been eating there. Which is about 45 years now. Anyway, on to the food critique.
Eddie's Grill Take Out Service
Last Friday Eddie's was packed, (SRO) so we decided to get take out instead of waiting an hour for a table inside. There are some nice park benches and picnic tables just across the street so we would be fine.

As you can see, I ordered the cheeseburger and fries. The cost was $6.05 which isn't bad, not great, but not bad. The cheeseburger was hot, fresh, and very tasty. The patty was of course styled old school, meaning that the patty was smashed down on the grill instead of the pre-made pre-formed patties at most burger joints. The bun was fresh, sesame seeded and not soggy. The french fries were hot, well cooked, and tasted good.

I talked to a few patrons while standing in line and everyone of them said they have been coming to Eddie's Grill for years. Every time they come to Geneva-On-The-Lake they make sure to stop at Eddie's for lunch and or dinner. Now that is a testimonial.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 4.5 out of 5 shots and recommends Eddies Grill at Geneva On The Lake for lunch and dinner.



Zeppe's Pizza - Geneva On The Lake

Zeppe's Pizza Geneva
Geneva On The Lake had a new lunch and dinner offering for the summer of 2010. Introducing Zeppe’s Pizza Parlor. Located on the main strip, Zeppe’s is a no frills style parlor. Basically, it is a pavillion with an oven and counter.
A Slice Of Geneva
Being in a pizza joint, of course I ordered a slice of their finest. At $2.50 per slice I was expecting a large piece of pizza. Instead, I received the slice pictured above. Now don’t get me wrong, the pizza was hot, fresh, and the taste was adequate for a temporary fast food joint, but there were several other pizza options on the strip to compete with with Eddie’s Grill and Capo Pizza close by.

All in all, Zeppo’s pizza was good. However, I will be shocked to see it open this Summer season.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 2.5 out of 5 shots and recommends Zeppo’s Pizza for lunch or dinner.



Old Firehouse Winery - Cheeseburger And Fries

Old Firehouse Menu
We decided to go to Geneva on Wednesday September 1st for one last hurrah for the Summer. I placed a call to Time Square restaurant to make sure they would be open knowing that most of the work force on the strip had went back to school. They assured me they would be open at 10 am and close later that evening. Into the car we went for the 90 minute drive. The photo below is what we found when we arrived. Time Square Restaurant was boarded up and closed. Apparently for the rest of the year.

Blatant Liars
The bastards lied to us. However, the Grassy Knoll Diner always has a contingency plan. Right down the corner is the Old Firehouse Winery and Restaurant. We knew they were open. They stay true to their word.
Old Firehouse Winery Cheeseburger
We made the short trek to the winery and found the restaurant open of course. Martina was our waitress and spoke perfect Russian. And pretty good English as well. She brought us menu's immediately and took our orders. I selected the "Zippo" cheeseburger. A half pound of pure ground beef, American cheese, chips and salsa. In less than ten minutes our order was delivered to our table. The cost was $8.25

The cheeseburger was cooked to perfection. The bun was fresh and warm. The taste was excellent. The beef had a unique taste and combined with the cheese and bun, it was high on the list for cheeseburger lore. I had a few chips because I also ordered the french fries.
Idora Park Worthy Fries
I also ordered a side of fresh cut french fries. The cost was $3.95 and let me tell you, they were well worth it. As you can see, the basket of fries were plentiful. They were well cooked, hot and crunchy, not burnt or soggy. I am always in search for the elusive Idora Park french fries and the Old Firehouse Winery came very close. They are the best fries on the Geneva On The lake strip. Better than Eddie's Grill, better than Time Square Restaurant. There, I said it.
Chicken Tenders
My son also ordered the Chicken Tender strips. The cost was $7.35 for the order. My son stated that they were some of the best chicken tenders he ever had the pleasure to eat. All through our lunch, Martina was very attentive which is why she received a very generous tip.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 5 out of 5 shots and recommends The Old Firehouse Winery for lunch and dinner.



Eddies Grill Counter - Last Cheeseburger Of The Season

Eddie's Grill Cheeseburger - Counter Service
Eddie's Grill, located on Geneva-On-The-Lake, closed this weekend for the season signaling the end of Summer. If you travel to Geneva from now until Mothers Day weekend, most of the boardwalk shops and attractions will be boarded up. After all, it is a Summer resort town.

Before Eddie's Grill closed it's doors, we made one more trek to the land of the best cheeseburger in the land. Since the restaurant was packed, I bellied up to the counter and took the last seat available. Patty had ventured into several stores to do some shopping so this was a perfect opportunity for my last meal.

The waitress, dressed in white, (They are always dressed in white) came over and took my order right away. (I pitied the suckers waiting in the long line to order take out.) I ordered my standard, a cheeseburger, fries, and a diet Coke. My waitress turned around and shouted out my order to the grill boys cooking.

In less than five minutes, my order was up and brought to the counter. As always, the food at Eddie's is fresh, hot, well cooked, and delicious. Knowing this would be my last meal I ate slowly and savored every bite and fry.

Patty came along just as I finished up and we went on our way visiting the Geneva's quirky shops and attractions for the last time for the Summer. Next year we will return, hopefully to a more enhanced boardwalk that was promised way back in 2006.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 5 out of 5 shots and recommends Eddie's Grill for lunch and for dinner.



Geneva On The Lake – Dairy Queen

This Is Not The Large Size
Continuing with our Summer tour of Geneva On The Lake, we stopped at Dairy Queen, an ice cream stand attached to the iconic hamburger stand, Eddie's Grill. I ordered a small vanilla cone. The cost was $1.75 which is much larger than the Youngstown large version. As ice cream goes, it tasted good, and hit the spot on a hot Summer day.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 4 out of 5 shots and recommends Eddie's Grill Dairy Queen  for ice cream.



Madsen Donuts – Geneva On The Lake

Madsen Donuts
Madsen Donuts: Iconic shop on the strip located at Geneva On the Lake, Ohio. The donut shop has been opened since 1938 serving fresh good tasting donuts and pastries daily. As you can see, the donuts come in a standard cardboard box sized to accommodate a dozen donuts.

Madsen Dozen Donuts
 After a long day of fun and relaxation at Geneva On The Lake, it was time to return to reality. Before we began our journey home to Youngstown, Patty bought an assorted dozen donuts from Madsen Donuts to bring home. Of course, I had the cake donut with the chocolate frosting. Of course the donut was fresh and delicious. It was so good, I had to have another.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 4.5 out of 5 shots and recommends Madsen Donuts for dinner.



Geneva On The Lake Lighthouse

Pictured above is the iconic green and white light house located inside the Geneva-On-The-Lake harbor. At one time, it was used to alert ships of shallow water and the shore line. Now it stands dormant still guarding the coastline with my LOGO emblazoned on it for all to see.

Perhaps this very lighthouse was witness to the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter leaving port from Cleveland, Ohio to begin it's final voyage destined for Whitefish Bay in Canada. On November 10th, 1975, as Gordon Lightfoot sang,
"And later that night,
When his lights went out of sight,
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.



Time Square Restaurant Challenge

Today we are going up against Eddie's Grill, the iconic restaurant just down the parkway from Time Square. Both are located at Geneva-On-The-Lake, Ohio. Both restaurants serve up cheeseburgers, fries, and foot long hot dogs. Both are rich in tradition. Which one is the best tasting, best experience, best value. Lets have a look.

Here is the menu for Time Square Restaurant. 2010 is the first year I recall them having a printed menu. In previous years, the menu was always hand painted on a board outside in the seating area.

We placed our orders and usually we were handed a rock with a number painted on it. Not this year however. The waitress said she would find us when our order was ready.
Time Square Cheeseburger
While waiting for our order, we were serenaded by karaoke singers. Time Square almost always has karaoke set up. Sometimes the singers aren't half bad, some times they are horrible. That's when it's fun. When the singers are horrible. (Like me)

Our waitress found us about ten minutes into a rendition of Britney Spears and brought our order to our table. This is the cheeseburger. The cost was $4.50, compared to the $3.60 Eddie's Grill cheeseburger. On a scale of 1 to 10, Time Square cheeseburger is a 5. It is standard fare as cheeseburgers go. The bun was fresh, the meat cooked well, the cheese melted and the taste over all was good. The Eddie's Grill version is a 10. The bun fresh, the meat, not processed but fresh, well cooked, the cheese melted, and the taste was excellent. And it was 90 cents cheaper than Time Square.
A Regular Order Of Fries
Moving on to the fries. Time Square is famous for it's "Regular" order of fries. In years past, the order was huge,  a party of three could not finish. In the past several years, as with the economy, the order has shrunk in size. You can see the order is still large, but at $6.50 the price is a little steep. The taste was still there. They were fantastic. Crisp, well done, hot, and they have that old fashioned kind of taste. A far superior fry to Eddie's grill.

Eddie's Grill fries were $2.45 per order, and were good, but compared to Time Square, they did not stack up. Time Square's triple order breaks down to about $2.17 per order.

Next, the Time Square foot long hot dog.  The cost was $4.25, 65 cents more  than Eddie's Grill. The taste was good, the bun standard, but nothing spectacular. Eddie's Grill foot long was $3.60 and tasted great. It was fresh, hot, well cooked, and the skin was just crunchy enough.

At Time Square, for three cheeseburgers, three foot long hot dogs, and the large order of fries, the cost was $32.75 without drinks.

At Eddie's Grill, three cheeseburgers, three foot long hot dogs, and three orders of fries, the cost was, $28.95 without drinks.

Eddie's Grill receives the winning marks for the value, a savings of $3.80 for a family of three, the atmosphere, (Original 1950's diner) and the over all quality and taste of the food.

The Grassy Knoll Diner recommends both Time Square Restaurant and Eddie's Grill located at Geneva-On-The-Lake  for lunch and dinner.



Eddie’s Grill Take Out Cheeseburger – Geneva On The Lake

Eddies Grill - Geneva On The Lake
Eddie's Grill, Iconic restaurant located at Geneva-On-The-Lake is of course my choice for dinner while visiting there. Eddie's Grill is always busy so be prepared for a pleasantly happy crowd. There is plenty of seating but most are usually taken. I was lucky to get a counter bar stool. The waitress took my order and after five minutes, it was delivered.
Eddies Grill Take Out Order
While waiting for my own order, I took in the ambiance of Eddie's Grill. The cooks in white paper hats, the waitresses shouting out orders to the cooks, workers hustling around, cleaning tables and bringing out food. it was a scene right out of a 1950's hamburger diner. And yes, there were plenty of "Fonzies" there.

Anyway, I ordered the cheeseburger, fries, and a foot long hot dog. My order was correct of course. It was on time, and fresh. The cheeseburger may have been the best I have ever tasted. And I have had plenty of them. The fries were hot, well cooked, and plentiful. I ordered the foot long as well just because. (When in Rome)

As you can see by the lighted menu board, the cheeseburger was $3.60, the fries were $2.45, and the foot long was $3.60 which are very good prices for the quality and quantity of food served.

My next update will be Eddie's Grill rival, Time Square Restaurant, just a little ways down the parkway. I will match up item per item in taste, cost, service, and quantity, and quality. Who will win, check back in several days to find out.

The Grassy Knoll Diner scores 5 out of 5 shots and recommends Eddie's Grill for lunch and dinner.



Willy Wonka Chocolate Bar

Stopped at a candy store while visiting Geneva On The Lake back in May. I did not think that a Wonka bar was real but only made for the two movies staring Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. Seeing it in the showcase, I had to have it.It was a standard chocolate bar likening it to a Nestle crunch bar only with a thin layer of graham cracker bottom. The chocolate was rich enough, not over powering, and no after taste. The cost was $1.50 which was pricey, but it was a specialty shop.

In essence, the novelty of the Wonka bar was more than the actual taste. The Grassy Knoll Institute suggests you spend your money on a Hershey or Nestle chocolate bar.

Sidenote: No golden ticket inside the bar.



Geneva Times Square French Fries

Cheeseburger And Fries In Paradise.

One of my favorite summer time relaxation spots is Geneva On The Lake, Ohio. Geneva is a little town time has forgotten from the 1950's, when roll up cuffs on jeans and hot rods was the craze.

One place we always stopped at while there is Time Square Restaurant, a quaint little outside restaurant that is famous for its huge order of french fries.

The first time we ordered lunch, I went to the counter, ordered two cheeseburgers, a chili dog, three cokes, and three orders of french fries. The waitress kindly told me that I only wanted one order of fries. I told her, "No, I want three orders, there are three of us." She just looked at me in disbelief, smiled, and told me matter-of-factly that I would only be getting one order. I thought she was messing with me. She said to trust her. I did.

I grabbed my rock, which had a number painted on it, which was my order number, and took a seat on the round picnic table. (I did tell you that this place was right out of the 1950's)

The waitress called my rock number and I went to the counter to claim my prize. The picture above is what we received. Now I know why the waitress only gave me one order of fries. The fries were almost 8 inches tall and filled the entire cafeteria tray.

To the critique. The cheeseburgers were excellent, and were quarter pound in size. The buns were fresh, cheese melted, and tasted great. The fries were well cooked, almost crunchy, and as you can see, it was a large order. No, we did not finish the fries. There were to many of them.

The service was excellent, the waitress friendly, and the food fantastic. The price was under 18 bucks which was remarkable considering the ample amount of food received. The Grassy Knoll Institute rates Times Square Geneva On The Lake 5 shots out of 5 and recommends them for lunch and dinner.