While visiting Barry's parents in Dover, Ohio, Barry and I celebrated our 29th anniversary, so we planned a dinner out alone to celebrate. Originally I had picked a different restaurant for us to try in Dover, but in the newspaper on our anniversary, there was an article about a restaurant up in nearby Zoar that sounded fantastic. The Canal Tavern of Zoar also happened to be #1 on Tripadvisor for the area.
We'd pedaled by this place on our bike rides along the Ohio & Erie Scenic Byway, and it looked charming. It has been operating as a tavern since 1829, and an inn was added a few years later to serve travelers along the Ohio & Erie Canal. I was afraid it might be crowded because of the newspaper article, but it was almost deserted on this Sunday night. No problemo!
We chose to sit outside on the patio as the weather was just right for dining al fresco.
We asked our server to snap our photo as we were enjoying our drinks -- white wine for me and red sangria for Barry. They make excellent sangria here!
We both started with a delicious, crunchy house salad.
I ordered grilled salmon, which was perfectly cooked, and Barry had chicken. Unfortunately, no bread was offered with the meal -- that would have been a nice addition.
Desserts were a definite highlight. Barry went with the German chocolate cake, one of his favorites. I tried the beignets with homemade smoked coffee & honey ice cream I'd read raves about on Tripadvisor. The raves were well-deserved!
This meal was a bit of a splurge but so worth it for an anniversary celebration!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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