makes summer even sweeter
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published July 20, 2005
with its spacious patio, has always been a great west side alfresco
dining spot. But now, Houlihan's has found a way to make summer
The restaurant has introduced its new "mini yum" menu, a selection
of small desserts priced at $2.49 each, for those who want just
a taste of something sweet after enjoying a light, warm weather
meal. Choices include chocolate cappuccino cake topped with vanilla
ice cream, a Snickers Crunch ice cream dome on an Oreo and peanut
crust, strawberry cheesecake and crème brulee. There is even
a skinny mini chocolate mousse with just four net carbs. If you
are dining with friends and are in the mood for sharing, you can
get a selection of three mini dessert for $6.99, or five minis for
$11.99. The presentation is impressive. These desserts are not only
beautiful, but they are delicious and refreshingly light. Real dessert
aficionados can still order a big yum like caramel-topped apple
pie with walnut streusel and hot caramel sauce for $4.99. A variety
of coffee drinks are available to accompany your dessert.
You can chill at Houlihan's with their daily bar specials. Sample
three mini martinis for $6 on Monday, order a big beer at a small
beer price on Thursday, or sip a $3.50 Margarita on Saturday.
New summer menu specialties include appetizers like Thai chile wings
glazed with sweet soy Serrano chile sauce ($8.29). Crispy fried
mushroom caps stuffed with herb and garlic cream cheese and coated
with Japanese bread crumbs ($8.49) are always a popular choice.
Houlihan's offers an array of tasty salads. The fire-grilled shrimp
or salmon Caesar are excellent choices for patio dining. New to
the menu is the seared ahi tuna salad with napa cabbage, cilantro,
bananas and cashews tossed in banana-ginger vinaigrette and topped
with crisp wontons ($10.99). The Asian chicken chop chop topped
with sesame chicken and served with chopsticks ($8.99) is a favorite
all year round.
Fish tacos are a house specialty. Two soft flour tortillas are layered
with chipotle mayonnaise, breaded tilapia, napa cabbage, pico de
gallo and a sweet honey and cumin dressing ($7.99). The grilled
Southwest chicken wrap with spiced pecans, red peppers, tomatoes,
bacon and jalapeno Jack cheese tossed in garlic ranch dressing is
a menu mainstay. Of course, it is hard to beat the half-pound gourmet
Houli-burger on a brioche bun with your choice of toppings ($8.29).
New entrees are mustard-crusted Atlantic salmon ($14.99) and pan-seared
tilapia served with Northern white beans ($14.99), a perfect dish
for seafood dieters. Meat eaters can get a 12-ounce cut of slow-roasted
prime rib for $16.99 on Thursday through Sunday. Larger cuts are
available on request. Houlihan's jambalaya, a traditional recipe
with chicken, Cajun andouille sausage, Gulf shrimp, Creole sauce
and rice ($13.99), spices up the menu all year long.
Houlihan's has completely remodeled the outdoor patio and bar for
this alfresco dining season. The canvas awning has been replaced
by a wooden structure with ceiling fans, to make outdoor dining
comfortable on the balmiest of days. The food preparation area has
been improved and a large outdoor fireplace has been added. The
upper deck has been popular this summer for private parties and
reunions, according to Dan Lentes, Houlihan's area director. He
noted that the restaurant also has a private, full-service banquet
room that can accommodate up to 60 people for wedding showers and
rehearsal dinners. "Houlihan's will be at the Westlake location
for 10 years this year," Lentes added. "Many restaurants come and
go in 10 years."
Houlihan's, 25651 Detroit Road in Westlake, is open from 11 a.m.
to 11 p.m. daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is served from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are accepted. All major credit cards
are honored. Phone 808-9090.
Danny Boy's pizza restaurants, located in Rocky River and
in Avon Lake, will gradually make the name-change transition to
Perfectly Frank Pizzeria, according to owner Rob Grendow. "Our logo
now reads Danny Boy's Perfectly Frank Pizzeria," Grendow noted.
"We made the decision to change the name because of the popularity
of all of our Sinatra stuff." The restaurants are decorated in Frank
Sinatra memorabilia, and customers are invited to participate in
Sinatra trivia contests. Grendow said that there has also been some
confusion about the Danny Boy's name over the years because of similarly
named but completely unrelated bars in the area, and because of
the former Danny Boy's farm market. Rob Grendow and wife Rene want
to assure customers that, even after the name change is complete
sometime this year, the two restaurants will still be under the
ownership of the same people, with the same menu of pizzas, pastas,
ribs and sandwiches. The original Danny Boy's Perfectly Frank Pizzeria
is located at 20251 Lake Road in Rocky River. Phone 333-9595. The
Avon Lake restaurant is at 428 Avon-Belden Road. Call 930-8575.