Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Lockview Goes Vegetarian!

Vegetarian Night at the Lockview
by Brit Charek

The Lockview has quickly established itself as a staple of downtown Akron. 

It's located on Main Street in what was formerly a concert venue known as the Lime Spider. Before that it was known as Bilbo's Pub, appropriately named since the stone facade of the establishment still somewhat resembles a place where a furry-footed Hobbit might stop in for a pint. Now the Lockview is a restaurant that specializes in gourmet grilled cheese. 

Before you brush them off in favor of a rapidly growing chain in the Cleveland area that sounds suspiciously similar, you should know that the Lockview isn't all that similar. They serve all their sandwiches exclusively on bread baked fresh at Breadsmith's of Lakewood ranging from rustic Italian to hearty multi-grain. (Don't worry! The option for good old Texas Toast is still there too!) All sandwiches are served with homemade coleslaw and goldfish crackers, but for a minimal upcharge you can enjoy fries or tots. I'd recommend going for the sweet potato fries.

This list is probably not still accurate, but it gives you an idea of the vast selection of obscure beers available.
You can't mention the Lockview without talking about their extensive beer list. They offer a dozen beers on draft as well as over 150 different types of imported beers and micro-brews in bottles and cans. If you're not a beer drinker, that's ok. They also have an extensive wine list and feature interesting cocktails.

My favorite sandwich at the Lockview is the Number Five which has goat cheese, diced portobellos and caramelized onions and garlic topped with swiss but on Monday, November 19 I'm excited to order my first Number Six! I've always avoided it since I don't eat read meat and its main ingredient is bacon.

Much too my excitement, the staff at the Lockview are graciously offering vegetarian (and even some vegan!) options for curious herbivores on one night only. To find out more information, visit the event's Facebook page by clicking here. Reservations are recommended.

The Lockview is located downtown at 207 S. Main St. To learn more and even browse their menu, visit their website at

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