Saturday, March 7, 2009

Silver Spring House, the Real Neighborhood Bar and Grill

There's a time for adventurous dining, and then there's a time for a bottle of domestic beer and a char-grilled chicken sandwich on the patio of the Silver Spring House. It occupies a fuzzy piece of real estate in the northeastern suburbs - is it Symmes Township? Is it Blue Ash? Loveland? I'm not sure. I don't think it matters. It's a neighborhood restaurant, with reliably satisfying food, and a whole lot of chicken on the menu.

When you go to the Silver Spring House, know these things: it's pretty busy most nights after six, and you may have to challenge someone to a battle of wits for a parking space. Know that you won't find many vegetarian options on the menu outside of cheese quesadillas and salads with craisins. Know that sitting inside is family-friendlier, and that the expansive, open-air patio is second to none in good weather.

What's good? Chicken sandwiches, dressed up in their tangy barbecue sauce, or dressed down in some basic seasonings. Wings are crispier than they are greasy, and the house salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese and basil dressing is a personal favorite.

Occasionally, I'll get a piece of chicken that borders on over-cooked, approaching dried out. It's been known to happen. But the Silver Spring House has enough going for it to keep me coming back. Not a bad option at all if you're in the neighborhood, whichever one that is.

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