This past week, I had the pleasure of attending two great restaurants in Lake County – one that just opened on Friday and one that is established in an 1800s historic bank.
Chop It, located in Great Lakes Mall, is locally owned and operated. It is a fast option to healthy and delicious salads and wraps. With over 50 toppings to choose from, you can pick one of their Signature Salads or build your own from scratch. In a grand presentation, they will prepare your food right before your eyes and you can then choose from 30 different dressings. You pick whichever toppings and dressings you like with no fear of extra charges based on weight. Toppings include jumbo cajun shrimp, tuna, goat cheese, tofu, avocado, and more. Dressings range from traditional Ranch and French to Mango Chardonnay Vinaigrette and Hot Thai Peanut.
If you need to place a large order or have a luncheon catered, Chop It can do that too. They offer both wraps and salads in platters, they can even bring grilled wraps!
On the other end of the spectrum, Vault Steakhouse in Madison, OH will have your mouth watering for meat. As delicious as their steaks may be, I actually had the honor of sampling their variety of Lenten specials. Pan seared scallops, crab, lobster, and salmon with a cucumber sauce were all on the menu and quite different from your normal fish fry! Located right on the Madison square in an old bank, photos of famous bank robbers line the walls of this upscale restaurant. Reservations are a must at this location, but in the summer an open deck and view of the square expands your options. An attentive wait staff anticipate your every need, and Executive Chef Dan shows off his 20 years of experience with dishes such as The Caveman Delmonico, Banger Island Mussels steamed in spicy Tomato Garlic Broth, and the best Creme Brulee I’ve ever tasted. His personal recommendation? The Porterhouse Steak – it is the perfect mix of all their steaks have to offer.
Visit Vault to enjoy a great steak, or go lighter at lunch with a soup, but in either case, definitely go to see the original 1875 Madison bank. It’s beautiful architecture and pleasant staff is not to be missed!