There are days that I find it hard for my husband and I to be able to get back home after a morning of running around doing errands and appointments. It is a good thing to be able to stop where you are and find a great place to grab a bite to eat, unwind, and recollect our thoughts before continuing on with the day. Living in Geauga County, the possibilities of finding a great eatery are limitless. There are wonderful pubs, pizzerias, and numerous American and ethnic restaurants that offer the customer meals that range from casual to elegant.
I knew we would be eating away from home on this particular day, so I tried to plan where we would possibly dine. However, I still find it a little fun and exciting to leave our dining decisions to that of chance. Have you ever started out by saying, “Let’s just grab a quick burger later,” only find yourself wanting something more than that burger but not knowing what? You’re not alone.
Today, on our journey around the west side of the Chardon Square just past the Court House and heading towards the Geauga Theater, we noted many places to eat; but I finally decided on Morgan’s Smokehouse on the Square. The front of the restaurant is adorned by a huge paned window that instantly tells of the cuisine and specialties to be found inside. I paid particular notice of this fact and contemplated the great sandwich that was soon to be in my future for they offered smoked and BBQ foods. I loved the way the restaurant front looked; cozy and inviting along with being so informative.
We entered and were quickly greeted with a friendly smile and escorted to our table. We ended up seated in the back middle section of the establishment, which did not matter since every table looked like a good place to dine at. We were greeted by Darlene, handed our menus, and were asked for our preference in a beverage.
After carefully glancing over the menu, Duane and I had no problem in deciding what we wanted to eat, even though the whole menu looked really delicious. We both chose the corned beef on toasted rye with Swiss cheese and dill pickle along with a side of hand cut French fries. There were several options for sides to choose from but we wanted to try the fries after seeing and smelling them as they were carried past our table. My husband also ordered their soup of the day which was homemade tomato bisque.
While waiting for our order to arrive, I took a couple of pictures and studied the restaurant décor. There were numerous framed collections of historical pictures to observe telling us of the history, not only about the town of Chardon, but also of the diner and its owner Mr. Tom Ray.
Stained glass tiffany style lamps hung down from the ceiling adding beautiful color to the ambiance of the diner and its old-fashioned silver tin ceiling. The wall colors were a lovely warm burgundy and cream, and I found the restaurant to be very clean and tidy – and busy, very busy – but not so crowded where you would not be able to be readily seated. The people came and went very smoothly.
Our waitress Darlene kept an eye on her customers along with those who worked with her, and she made sure all of us were taken care of promptly. I don’t know how she managed to keep the order carefree, but she did, and as a waitress, Darlene was the best I have ever seen – and I have dined in some fine places.“Here you go!” Suddenly there was Darlene with our food and WOW is an understatement! The corned beef sandwich was huge and the fries were in abundance and tasted as good as they smelled. I can describe my first bite of corned beef in one word: divine! The meat was so tender and juicy and the spices, perfect. Unfortunately, I could only eat half of my sandwich it was so huge; but really no problem as I would gladly box it and eat the other half later on.
While enjoying my meal, I overheard another customer upon entering saying he was glad to be back; that they enjoyed their first visit so much they decided to return. I can understand why. It was nice that the waitress remembered them as well when they first entered.
Mr. Ray along with his family and employees know just how to make you feel at home. I enjoyed my brief talk with Tom and his adorable daughter Brooklyn. I informed him that I loved his restaurant, the food was the best ever, and that I definitely looked forward to featuring him in my next article for Geauga News. Tom was extremely grateful and humbled and I knew it meant a lot to him to be thought of in such a special way. I cannot say anything negative about this establishment. The food is great at an affordable price. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as we did. You’re not just a customer – you’re family.
141 Main Street, located on Historic Chardon Square
Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
With a complete breakfast menu featuring home-made corned beef hash.
I am giving Morgan’s Smokehouse on the Square two thumbs up. I highly recommend you stop by and check them out, and when you do, ask for our waitress Darlene and tell her Sheryl sent you!