My wife and I were travelling from Kentucky to New York and randomly stopped for the day in Medina Ohio. She found the Timber Lodge on the 'ole iPhone, and off we went. It's a bit "in the sticks" but well worth the drive. We arrived around 17:00 on a Thursday and were quickly seated without reservations. Before our arrival, my wife was worried we were under-dressed for the restaurant, but that proved to not be the case. It's an eclectic clientele--from shorts and jeans to dress pants and sport coats, it's a wide mix.
The decor is indeed very lodge-like. Lots of paneling, darkly stained and varnished, a large fireplace, and tastefully decorated. Very warm environment. We were seated in a booth, and shortly thereafter, it began to get rather busy.
Becky, our waitress, was "johnny on the spot" for our drink order. She recommended a light and fresh Pinot Grigio blend, with a lot a pear in it. We had that and it was perfect for a summer evening. Sorry that we cannot recall more about the wine.
Becky also recommended a fresh twist on the traditional shrimp cocktail. It's served in a large-stemmed snifter. The cocktail sauce is mixed with freshly made salsa, and is heavy on the cilantro. The shrimp was small (41/50?) and immersed in the sauce. We were issued two long iced tea spoons and fished around for the shrimp. It was delightful! Very different and would highly recommend it. Becky said they started that dish a few years ago in the summer and it has been a hit ever since. BTW--it's served with a small homemade toasted bread that's got a cracker-like texture, but has a subtle baked cheese topping on it. Also very good.
We were also brought fresh warm bed with SOFT butter. Hear that other restaurants!? SOFT butter!
For our main course, I ordered an item called "The Loving Couple", which is surf & turf (6-8 oz fillet and lobster tail), and my wife ordered the fresh pan-seared scallops--5 U10s on a bed of red pepper cream sauce.
We also had salads. My Caesar salad was quite good. My wife had a house salad with the peppercorn ranch dressing, which she enjoyed.
Dinner was promptly delivered. A word of warning about their baked potatoes--they're huge! Twice the size of usual. We each got butter, sour cream, and onion for dressing the potatoes. The dressings are added in advance for you, so you get the proportions they deem fit. The potatoes also had a sprinkle of sea salt on them. They were delicious.
For my surf and turf, I got melted butter--but on a small stand with a candle under it to keep the butter hot. Unusual, but a very nice touch. I ordered my steak medium, and it was. I prefer medium rare, but most of the time, chefs seem to serve my steaks too rare. Medium is a safe bet in a restaurant we've never been to before. My meal was perfect. Steak was tender and well seasoned. Not a scrap was left. The lobster tail was also cooked to my liking, with just the right amount of paprika on it.
My wife's scallops, which I tried, were extraordinarily tender, and with no trace of sand. These were as good as we've ever had--even in Boston.
We skipped desert and had coffee and tea. My wife said the coffee was very good. I was given a choice of at least a dozen premium teas, and I chose Twinings English Breakfast--my favorite.
As I said before, the restaurant got rather busy quickly. Our waitress was the model of patience and never made us feel rushed--even when we had a lot of questions. My wife commented how impressed she was that Becky readily knew the details and ingredients of everything we inquired about.
If we're ever remotely in the area again, we'll certainly make another visit. Incidentally, after dinner we walked it off in downtown Medina by touring all around the central park/square. What a charming little city! Reminded us of a Norman Rockwell painting...
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