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Shy Cellars: Strasburg Gourmet

Shy Cellars: Strasburg Gourmet

It took me entirely too long to visit Shy Cellars for a proper dinner. From her ‘house’ in Strasburg, Ohio, {more on that later} Chef Sherry Schie – pronounced SHY – has been racking up a dedicated following and impressive accolades, including three consecutive wins at the Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet since they opened in 2013, I’d only managed to pop in for a quick lunch. One flatbread pizza is no way to judge a restaurant, especially a restaurant like Shy Cellars, which really shines when you want to feast.
Shy Dining Room

So, now that I’ve officially kicked myself for not going sooner, let’s talk about my delectable dinner.

First, the company: I made the 25-minute drive south with three of my fabulous book club friends, Beth, Monica, Sarah {our book club fizzled out, but our friendship didn’t!}. We’re all avid travelers and transplants to Canton from larger cities, so we appreciate well-crafted food anywhere, but especially when it’s close to home…heck, even when it appears to be IN a home, as Shy Cellars does.

The Food
What should you order? I can kind of help. Appetizers, salads, fondue and flatbreads appear to be permanent fixtures, but the rest of the menu changes weekly. Beth started with the House Salad: half of a petite head of grilled romaine topped with ALL the goat cheese, plus cranberries, bacon, candied pecans, golden raisins and choice of housemade dressings. Insane…and hardly your typical house salad. Sarah, forever my inspiration for clean eating, ordered the entree-sized Salmon Salad, and besides the gorgeous presentation, she raved about the combination of Mediterranean flavors, including crispy capers, roasted red peppers and Parmesan. Monica opted for the Roasted Mushroom flatbread, the ultimate sweet/savory combo with goat cheese, wild mushrooms, onion jam, chopped dates and fig glaze.

House Salad...really.

Salmon Salad

Roasted Mushroom Flatbread Pizza

I splurged {I have a food blog, after all!} on the Chilean Sea Bass entree {$34}, so delicately and simply prepared that I’d love to go back for it TONIGHT, were it not for that darn rotating menu. The sea bass was perfectly pan-seared with a beurre blanc sauce over roasted red pepper grits and broccolini. I’m not an entree person at all, but this was heavenly, and I ate every bite. Also heavenly was the other entree at our table: Chef Schie’s award-winning sweet and spicy shrimp and grits. It’s got a little Asian thing happening, and if it happens to be on the menu when you go, order it. Total winner. Our conclusion? Shy Cellars rocks at preparing fish, which is rare in these landlocked parts.
Chilean Sea Bass

Shrimp and Grits

Oh, and how could I forget the wine? Our table shared a bottle of The Seeker, a perfectly balanced Malbec that lived up to its amazing label design and even worked with all the fish we ordered. {I’ve finally broken my habit of buying beer and wine off of label designs. I think.}

'The Seeker' Malbec

The Crowd
Shy Cellars is a natural fit for a date night: you can’t get more romantic than fine wine + fondue. But it’s also great for upscale family occasions,  business dinners, small birthday gatherings, and, in my case, a much-needed girls night out. We saw all of the above on a packed Tuesday night. {TIP: make reservations.}

The Vibe
Not what you’re expecting. Shy Cellars is located in a converted ranch house – yes, an actual house – along State Route 250 just east of The Lynn Drive In. Inside, the decor is warm and pleasant with deep red walls and rich wood tables. The 35-seat restaurant is definitely more cozy than hip. The kitchen is open, and you can watch the kitchen staff using the freshest {and often local} ingredients. Everything on the ever-changing menu is made from scratch. Service is also professional and attentive. {TIP: Get there early and visit the wine tasting room. Lots of affordable, delicious wines on the list.}

It’s tempting to head north toward Cleveland for an upscale dinner, but do the unexpected for your next occasion. Grab a date or grab a group and venture south to Strasburg….and if the sea bass is on the menu, call me.

View their most current menu on the web at http://www.shycellars.com

{Top photo credit: Shy Cellars}

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