"Food, folks and fun" doesn't only apply to the international-chain restaurant, McDonalds.
Enter the Lemon Grove Café any day of the week and you'll be sure to find all three. The new found staple in downtown Youngstown is a combination restaurant, bar, coffee house, art gallery and live music venue.
The Lemon Grove opens weekdays at 7AM to service the local downtown traffic. Though the kitchen does not open until 11AM, Maggie's Muffins and an array of pastries are available for purchase.
Once the kitchen does open, it remains in full service until 4 a.m., so you can order breakfast and lunch dishes all day and into the night. If you're in the mood for eggs and bacon, we suggest the Out West Breakfast Panini. A generous portion of crisp bacon, scrambled eggs and your choice of cheese is served with fresh tomato and sauteed onions and then piled on a fresh ciabatta roll. A dollop of mayo finishes off the sandwich, making you wish it were always time for breakfast.
For lunch, start off with a cup or bowl of the Lemon Grove's homemade soup of the day. If you're lucky, the Lemon Grove chefs will have slaved away over a big pot of Curry Zucchini Soup.
This creamy soup is textured similar to cream of broccoli soup, but blended further to create a smooth, thick broth. It's seasoned with plenty of curry to add a nice flavor without the overwhelming heat associated with many curry dishes. Make sure the soup is brought out with your sandwich--you'll want to dip!
Now on to the sandwiches. The Lemon Grove offers a broad array of choices, such as the It's Always Sunny Ham and Cheese, My Blue Heaven and the vegan choice, The Louie Free.
But in an effort to stay true to the primary owner, Jacob Harver, we urge you to try the Jacob Panini. Pastrami and seasoned turkey are piled high and complemented with creamy coleslaw, hot peppers and dill mayo. The whole thing is served up on a fresh ciabatta roll. Yum.
The Lemon Grove is working on an updated menu. We got a sneak-peak at the Hagan, and are anticipating the addition.
The Hagan is comprised of ham and turkey, a mix of peppers sauteed in Jameson Whiskey, and topped with Swiss cheese and garlic remoulade. All of that is piled high on fresh Italian bread. It's a sandwich that should be tested by every Valley resident.
The Lemon Grove also makes a mean Grove Salad. Warm, grilled lemon pepper chicken lies on a bed of spinach and crisp romaine lettuce. The lettuce is dressed with red onion, tomato, hard-boiled egg, black olives and the house balsamic vinaigrette. It's a mix of healthy and delicious piled up on a single plate.
Delicious food aside, there a number of reasons you should try a meal at The Lemon Grove. Its back walls are adorned with the works of local artists, and just recently, they started producing individual shows. These pieces are all for sale and proceeds go directly to the artists.
If you prefer audible art, The Lemon Grove offers some sort of live music six nights a week. Various clubs and groups meet there also, so if you're in the mood to get out of the house, swing by The Lemon Grove Café, have a sandwich and take in the environment.