GG’s Corner, the only restaurant in Vanlue, has been open for about a year and a half. In that time, the eatery has provided not only delicious, home-cooked food in a cozy atmosphere, but a nice gathering place for villagers to relax.
I asked my kids (ages 7 and 10) what stood out most to them a few weeks after dining at GG’s Corner. Both recalled enjoying the food, but what really stood out were the lamps. Funny, but that was something I remembered too – the stained-glass, mosaic-style, flower lamps, hanging brightly above the tables. Combine those with the ornate, silver-plated bar area dotted with red-topped stools, options to sit at high tables by the window, booth and table seating, and lots of locals enjoying their meals alongside you, and you’ve got a recipe for ‘cozy.’
GG’s Corner is owned by Janice Brossia and her daughters, Jaclyn, Jessica, and Toni. As a little boy, Janice’s grandson used to call her “GG,” and the name of the restaurant was born.
Menu Options Galore
GG’s has a nice array of choices throughout the menu, and I had a hard time deciding what to get. There are several appetizers, such as mozzarella stix, cheese bacon fries and fried mushrooms. Salad options include a grilled chicken, chef or veggie, with a variety of dressings.
There are several burgers to choose from, as well as a number of sandwiches with your choice of bread – white, wheat, rye, sourdough or Texas toast. Part-owner Jaclyn Brossia said the Reuben and breaded veal sandwiches are most popular.
Soups and eight dinner choices that come with two sides adorn the menu, including chop steak, chicken parmesan, veal parmesan and perch. GG’s also offers specials almost daily, and don’t forget the freshly-made Amish pies with or without ice cream, fried ice cream and other desserts.
We chose to sit at one of the high tables by the window, which rewarded us during our meal with the sight of a giant combine, straddling both sides of the road, rambling right through the village.
And, after a fair amount of indecision, I chose the special of the evening – all you can eat walleye. My kids, as usual, went with the chicken strips and fries, with my son adding a side salad. My husband selected a burger with fries for his meal.
My walleye was lovely, cooked perfectly with crisp breading, while the fish inside was soft and flaky. My meal came with cole slaw, which I don’t always like, but this cole slaw was creamy and sweet and I really enjoyed it. The fries were good too.
The kids gave the fries and chicken strips a high ranking – impressive – as they truly are chicken strip connoisseurs. Ben, the 10-year-old, also remarked that his salad was nice and fresh and he really liked the ranch dressing. My husband added onion, lettuce and tomato to his burger and he enjoyed it, prepared just the way he ordered it. He said it was a good burger and enjoyed his fries as well.
We of course had to check out the pie, so I ordered a slice of pumpkin with vanilla ice cream, and my husband ordered cherry, also with vanilla ice cream. I think I need to order pie ala mode from now on – what a refreshing, delicious combination of sweet, creamy goodness. My husband remarked that he was disappointed that they didn’t have any apple pie but ended up being glad, the cherry was just that good.
The kids delighted in bowls of vanilla ice cream, and all was well with the world.
GG’s Corner is a great place to bring the family. Affordable and cozy, it left me feeling content with a full belly, visions of lovely lamps, and some well-spent quality time with my favorite people.
300 Buffalo St. Vanlue, OH 45890
Hours: Sunday 7am to 2pm, Monday to Wednesday 6am to 2pm,
and Thursday to Saturday 6am to 9pm
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
Take out available, banquet room available for rent.
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