W.E.T-ing our appetite

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For 15 years, I’d driven by the West End Tavern thinking it was just a pub. Now I know better.

We recently decided to have lunch at the tavern, nestled by the railroad tracks at 506 West Main Cross St. I wasn’t sure what to expect, except those who had gone there for the food kept coming back. A loyal clientele? Good food at good prices? Friendly service and an interesting atmosphere? We are there.

We walked into a dimly lit, narrow building that felt cozy without being claustrophobic. We were warmly greeted and picked our own table. The smell of freshly-popped popcorn competed with other mouthwatering smells coming from the kitchen. The tavern was decorated with vintage Guinness beer signs and other items that indicate this is just the spot for St. Patrick’s Day. And, it played the best music we’d heard in a restaurant in a long time — Roy Orbison, Del Shannon and John Lennon were just a few of the musical gems we listened to.

The decor is old-school, including napkin dispensers on the table, and the food is just downright delicious.

Sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, wraps and sides dominate the menu. The sandwiches include reubens, chicken breast and grilled pork tenders, as well as 1/3
pound burgers. Wraps run the gamut from chicken to egg. While there is no official kids’ menu, kid-friendly fare, such as grilled cheese, is plentiful.

We started with the pretzel bites with dipping sauce ($2.79) and an order of onion rings ($1.99) to share. My kids had no problem finding something to order — in fact, they were torn between several choices before finally deciding. The teen ordered the breaded chicken breast sandwich on a bun ($3.99), while the tween wanted the three-tiered W.E.T. Club ($5.29). My husband ordered the cod fish sandwich ($4.29). I ordered an egg salad wrap ($3.29).  All of the sandwiches are served with potato chips.

“Man, that’s as good a fish sandwich as you’re going to find,” said my husband. My teen was too busy eating to comment. My tween took most of her sandwich home — it was three inches thick, so mammoth she couldn’t finish it. My egg salad was just right; it’s something I won’t bother making for myself, so it was nice to find a well-made option that was not too heavy on the mayo.

Though we walked out satisfied, we wondered about other offerings on the menu: The Westender is a deep-fried pork tender sandwich that comes in both king and queen sizes, the burger with bleu cheese sounded interesting, and how can you not be curious about a snack basket that combines hot cheese balls, onion rings and mushrooms?

We might just become regulars at the West End Tavern — we’ve already been back three times. The menu offers enough variety to provide different lunch and dinner options for several weeks. When you are in the mood for good food, and a place where eventually everybody will know your name, you can definitely whet your appetite at the W.E.T.

West End Tavern
506 W. Main St.
419-424-1640
Facebook page: West End Tavern Findlay
Kitchen hours 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

THE SHORT COURSE
Kid-friendly: Yes, if you come for lunch or dinner
To avoid wait: Consider off-peak times
Bathroom amenities:  None
High Chairs: Yes
Got milk? Not on the menu
Anything healthy for the kids? Salads
Food allergy concerns? As always, ask