Happy Hour Spotlight: Creekside Restaurant & Bar
Creekside Restaurant & Bar | 8803 Brecksville Rd. | Brecksville, OH
As you can probably tell by now, I frequent lots of happy hours. Undoubtedly, the one I’ve been to most is Creekside Restaurant and Bar in Brecksville. The same goes for the Happy Go Lucky’s, my mom’s group of friends who explore Northeast Ohio’s happy hour scene. My wife Tiffany and I—as well as my mom and her friends—recently visited on separate occasions.
Located in the Millside Centre retail strip on Brecksville Road—just north of Route 82—Creekside has been a Brecksville staple for 27 years. Overlooking scenic Chippewa Creek, the restaurant offers a casual setting with picturesque views. The sizable bar area is stylish and contemporary, featuring exposed wood, elegant wall art, indoor waterfalls and a fireplace.
Available from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in the bar, Creekside has a 3-4-5 happy hour—all food and drink specials are priced at $3, $4 or $5. While the menu changes every two weeks, there are fixtures. These include $3 pot stickers, zucchini planks, spinach and artichoke dip and a featured draft beer; $4 beef satay, potato skins, chicken tenders and house wines (pinot grigio, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and white zinfandel); and $5 chicken quesadillas, pizzas and specialty drinks such as martinis and Long Island iced teas. All drinks not listed on the happy hour menu are $1 off.
On our recent visit, Tiffany and I both ordered pepperoni pizzas, which were delicious. They employed a light crust, a zesty red sauce, a flavorful cheese blend and crispy toppings. It’s easy to tell the dough is fresh and handmade with care. My seasonal Octoberfest beer was hearty, smooth and slightly sweet.
On her visit, my mom had the chicken tenders, which were soft, evenly breaded and savory. In fact, they could almost be described as cutlets based on their size—she received four large pieces and a choice of dipping sauce. She also had a beverage (you’re going to want to sit down for this)—a chocolate cream pie martini topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It was as delicious as it sounds, as the martinis at Creekside never fail to disappoint. The rest of her group had chips and Mexican street corn dip and street tacos; while the street corn dip was bland, the tacos were flavorful and satisfying.
Rating Scale & Verdict
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🍷🍷🍷🍷 I can vouch for most of the items on Creekside’s happy hour menu. On previous visits, I’ve been pleased with the pot stickers, zucchini planks, beef satay and spinach and artichoke dip. Truth be told, very few area restaurants—if any—offer Creekside’s combination of quantity, quality and value. The service is usually professional and attentive. Throw in a great location and tremendous setting and Creekside is an easy recommendation. Oh, one more thing … check out the dessert case before you leave. You’ll thank me later. Cheers!