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Stopped by the famous Grandpa’s Cheesebarn in Ashland, Ohio.
This little roadside attraction is the mid-point between the extremely long drive between Cleveland, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.
Nestled close to the scratch-your-balls and very manly Fin, Feather, and Fur – this weird tourist store is a great stopping point for all those weary 1.25 hour travelers.
Today, I grabbed some smoked gouda, steak and onion cheese, mini gummibears and zesty bread and butter pickles.
More importantly, I was served by the man’s man, ladies’ man, man about town…Grandpa himself.
Yep–his namesake, his crib, and hell yeah he’s working the 1940′s cash register for me #likeaboss
Just goes to show you that small town America is still alive and kicking.
BTW-they are building another barn for more “stuff”
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…and Grandpa!
Who travels to Fairlawn, Ohio for sushi? Well, apparently I did.
Ohio food folks talked about Sakura in Fairlawn like it was Godzillla approved…so I decided to check it out. Maybe I’d meet Mothra there too.
Slathered on miso dressing on their salad was not a good start.
Pieces of iceberg lettuce were shredded gigantically…which would be nice if I was an ogre.
May I remind you that Japanese food is delicate which each bite is delicately positioned for maximum taste in minimum bites.
See, told you
Miso soup – $1.95
Miso soup was a tad salty, but I was glad to see tofu cubes in the soup. Some Japanese resties offer miso soup with an option of tofu since so many patrons ask “without tofu” – WTH! Miso soup MUST have tofu. End of rant.
Unagi – $5.25
Another marker we use for Japanese resties is the eel (Unagi).
The Unagi was OK. These thicker cut were hefty but seemed fresh.
As you know, the most common downfall of this dish is the drowning of eel in sauce. Mediocre sushi joints submerge their eel in sauce to aid the patron in hiding the weird taste of eel. This is NOT how unagi was meant to be served. Happily, Sakura did not oversauce them…which is really nice to see…esp in suburbia hell of Fairlawn. Iidesu.
The toasted Sesame seeds always have a mind of their own.
Perhaps a thinner slice would have helped the torching for a slightly crisper crust.
California Roll – $4.75
We also use the ubiquitous California roll as the marker of good sushi place.
Just OK. Definitely needed more rice because these were smaller…and size matters right? Also Chefs probably should not have slightly brown avocado served. Maybe consideration to separate green from red….like avocado, then immitation crab meat, then cucumber. Also consideration to add more mayo…cause I didn’t get any.
Chirachi – $16.95
Nice add-on the flower for beauty.
This Chirachi box was filled to the brim w/ stuff-NICE! The usual suspects made the box including some fatty salmon, chunk of eel, and really decent ahi.
I was pleasantly and ordered more rice to match up the fish w/ rice portions. Nice work Chefs!
Shrimp was the weird part of this one. I would have preferred small sweet shrimp as opposed to the Gidron sized tasteless gulf shrimp.
Overall, not a bad sushi place in Fairlawn and VERY well priced for in Fairlawn, Ohio!
Hell, I’m just glad to see suburbia types have an option for Japanese food.
I know many people are afraid of raw fish. So here’s a few step-by-step pictorial guide for all those “Real Housewives of Fairlawn” types.
Step-3: Eat raw fish.
Ahhh, the joys of raw fish…and welcome to the 90′s ladies.
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