This Brown Derby Roadhouse is converted back to the original Girves Brown Derby. For those of you who remember, going to this restaurant will be a trip down memory lane. For those too young to know, this place was a classic and special place to eat.
The original Brown Derby, built during the 1920’s, was located on Wilshire Boulevard in Hollywood, California and was literally shaped like a derby hat. Gus Girves started the chain in Ohio in 1941. In the mid 1990’s the name changed to Roadhouse in order to reflect current trends. Today, it is returning to its iconic roots complete with the derby hat and spectacle logo along with the Derby Grog cocktail and Loving Couple entrée.
My husband and I checked it out because we both have fond memories of eating at this restaurant when we were kids. We ordered a Derby Grog, the signature drink of the Brown Derby then and now, still served in a giant fishbowl glass. It was plenty big enough for both of us to share and very tasty. The salad is the original mix of iceburg lettuce, a couple of cherry tomatoes, a couple of thick slices of cucumber and shredded cheddar with choice of dressing. It is served with warm rolls.
My husband ordered a porterhouse and I ordered the t-bone steak. Both were cooked to our liking and were quite tender. Our waitress, Lauren, did a great job. One disappointment is that some of the old Roadhouse pine wood décor remains. I understand the location in Medina has a retro look with dark wood and old photographs reflecting the original interior design. Nevertheless, my husband and I had a very good meal and a great time reminiscing.
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