Kate: Firestone Salad with House Dressing and Sauerkraut Balls
With a little time off this summer, Paul and I traveled to northeast Ohio to visit my family and my old stomping grounds. While there, we grabbed a bite with some friends of Paul's who live in Cuyahoga Falls. Now, Rockne's was always a favorite of mine while I was in college. I would get their salads for carry out all the time. And, it has a fun Friday's like atmosphere, so it was a good place to visit when people were in from out of town or after doing a show or, you know, stuff like that. So, I was pretty excited when Brian and Jen (Paul's friends) suggested it as our stop for dinner.
I didn't even need to look at the menu, I already knew what I would be ordering. This salad is just darn good. The only change I would make to it is mixed up the lettuce a bit. It is currenlty an iceberg salad, and I think it would be improved by adding some spinach, or spring mix, or something a little greener. But, that aside, this salad is simple. A deliciously grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and Rockne's signature grilled pita. And, the house dressing is just divine. They used to have a light version, which I was sad to see is no longer on the menu, but this Italiany, vinaigrettey, combination is spiced just right with oregano and maybe a hint of dill to make it just a refreshing addition to this light salad.
The sauerkraut balls are a regional thing, or so they say. They are surprisingly good. You know that I try to stay away from fried things, generally, but I made an exception here. Especially with the honey mustard dip that accompanies them. Yes!
Paul had the open face meatloaf meal and LOVED it. He kept talking about going back. If you happen to be in northeast Ohio, find a Rockne's. They shouldn't be too hard to find as there are 13 of them in that area. We happened to be at the original for this meal. Quite charming! Check it out!
four golden forks out of five.