by Caitlin Saniga
Akron, Ohio’s best grilled cheese can be found at The Lockview, a moody restaurant/bar (with a seasonal rooftop patio) downtown. The menu centers on a list of 12 grilled cheese sandwiches and a slew of other playful sandwiches and appetizers.
On my most recent trip there (I try to go every time I’m in the area, my hometown), I ordered the Number Four — toasty mozzarella, sun-dried tomato pesto and arugula with Parmesan cheese on Italian bread. The sandwich came with a small cup of cole slaw, which is a mayonnaise-based cabbage-and-carrot slaw with celery seed, and a pile of Goldfish crackers. No matter the sandwich, the crackers and slaw make the meal. It sounds crazy, but the flavor combination is perfect. The plate of food cost just $6. You can add tater tots, French fries or sweet potato fries for an added cost.
The grilled cheese sandwiches range in price from $4.50 to $7.
Some of the others I’ve tried (and generally loved) include the Number Two, which is Mozzarella cheese, tomato and pepperoni on Italian bread with a side of marinara;
the Number Six, which is Cheddar cheese, grilled apples and applewood smoked bacon on buttertop bread; and the Number Ten, which is Havarti dill cheese, pickles, grilled red onions and spicy brown mustard on rye bread.
Appetizers range from $3.50 to $7 and include macaroni and cheese bites, deep-fried pepperoni, and a bread basket with dipping oils. Other signature sandwiches range from $6 to $7. On my recent trip, my friend Kristina raved about the fish soft taco ($7), which she’s ordered several times.
But The Lockview’s drink menu is one of the best perks. The beer menu is always evolving and includes a long list of imports. They keep a neat list of beers on the chalkboard above the bar (and online, with wines), but be sure to ask about specials when you go. They also have a decent mixed drinks menu. On my visit, I ordered a drink called I’m Blushing ($8.50), which is Skyy vodka, fresh mint, muddled cranberries, fresh lime and cranberry juice. The cranberries made it seem like a holiday version of a mojito.
Kristina and I had a great time catching up at The Lockview. The atmosphere was cozy, with candles at each table and strings of light bulbs zig-zagged overhead. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly and wasn’t annoyed that we chatted in our booth for nearly two hours. That’s the kind of place it is. People go there to spend time enjoying the atmosphere and each other’s company.
Visit The Lockview in the downtown Akron: 207 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308; thelockview.com
Photos: Caitlin Saniga
*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried.