A casual dinner provides much-needed relaxation after breakfast on the go and lunch served on a tightrope over molten lava. Unwind and dine with today’s Groupon to Vintage House Café in Avon. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of dinner fare Friday or Saturday.
- For $12, you get $25 worth of dinner fare Monday–Thursday.
Ensconced in a restored 1940s medical office, Vintage House Café’s talented chefs cure feverish hungers with a wholesome menu of traditional European recipes and cozy New World charm. Diners can check antsy taste buds over an appetizer board laden with three Italian cheeses, crackers, and fresh fruit ($11) until entrees announce their imminence with a fanfare of bread, herbed butter, and soup or salad. Dive into wild rice and domesticated broccoli straddled by herb-crusted slabs of grilled salmon ($18), or exchange spicy gossip over boneless-chicken paprikash sprawled amid sumptuous spaetzle pillows, Hungarian paprika sauce, and sour cream ($15). Pan-fried eggplant, tomato, and mozzarella towers ($15) challenge herbivorous fork lifters to edible Jenga matches spotted by marinara-soaked penne, and kid-sized piles of spaghetti and meatballs ($6) immerse tagalong tykes in the story behind the nursery rhyme.
After their repast has passed, fond families and reconciled arch-nemeses can linger in the quaint surroundings to quibble over bites from a rotating selection of baked-from-scratch desserts, such as New York–style cheesecake ($5) and coconut cake laced with lemon custard ($5.25). Vintage House Café rings its dulcet dinner bell from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Q&A with Roberta, Owner of Vintage House Café
How did Vintage House Café begin?
As a family venture. We started as a restaurant, then added a patio, tearoom, and gift shop. Not only do we offer a large selection of loose-leaf tea, but my son is a glass artist and we sell his blown glass art work.
Aside from owner, what role do you play in the restaurant?
I always enjoyed baking, so I create all the desserts.
Tell us a little about the head chef.
Chef Grant Urmston is a native Clevelander, whose passion for culinary arts began at a young age. His passion grew over the years, and he further developed his skills at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. With career stops that included New York, Boston, and Las Vegas, Grant has brought a more traditional Italian and Mediterranean flair to the menu, all while trying to focus more on fresh and local products.
What inspires you to take such a hands-on role in the restaurant?
I love being here and our customers make me smile.