938 Hatch St.
A sunny spring day is all the enticement we need to get out of the house. Starting at our home in Newport, Steve and I took a walk along the riverfront and then decided, "what the heck, let's carry on to Mount Adams." It's not as far as one might imagine, thanks in part to the pedestrian bridge over Columbia Parkway. There are a lot of stairs to climb along the way, but that's part of the fun.
By the time we'd reached the hilltop neighborhood, we'd worked up an appetite and decided to grab a bite to eat. Mount Adams has its fair share of restaurants and bars, and one of the oldest is the Mount Adams Bar & Grill, which according to the colorful history lesson printed on their menu, was the first drinking establishment in Ohio to obtain a liquor license after the repeal of prohibition in 1933.
The restaurant has several dining rooms, each with it's own distinctive decor. The beautifully carved oak bar dominates the front entrance, and the dark wood and mounted deer heads hanging on the wall give the room a rustic, lodge feel. Thankfully we were not seated in this room; I don't want to look at dead animals any more than I want to eat them. Instead, we were taken down a narrow corridor to the cheerful and bright patio room in the back of the building.
The Mount Adams Bar & Grill menu consists of salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers, with a few "heartier fare" entrées thrown in for good measure. Neither of us wanted anything too heavy since we still had to walk back home, so I chose the Veggie Sandwich ($6.50), which comes loaded with sliced avocado, tomato, red onion, Monterey Jack cheese, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce and thousand island dressing on your choice of bread. While the bread is toasted, the sandwich itself is cold, so if you're looking for something to warm you up, their veggie burger ($6.25) is the way to go. Made with tofu, oats, wheatgerm and sesame seeds, it's tasty and hits the spot.
Sandwiches come with potato chips, or get it as a platter with coleslaw and fries for $3.50 extra. There are plenty of vegetarian items on their side menu; the black bean salsa ($1.50) is particularly good. The restaurant also serves a couple of veggie-friendly sandwiches to help with that hangover: fried egg sandwiches and grilled cheese.
Speaking of hangovers, the bar boasts a good selection of import and craft beer, including local brewers Rivertown Hop Bomber IPA and Mt. Carmel Amber Lager. They even offer Bards Gluten-Free, which is made with malted sorghum instead of wheat, barley, rye or oats.
Mount Adams Bar & Grill is a friendly, neighborhood restaurant/watering hole that doesn't strive to be anything else, which is probably why it's been around for nearly 100 years. Why mess with success?