When one of our friends suggested we make a visit to Kickstart Grille
at Coach's Tavern in Willowick, it didn't take a lot of convincing for
me to go. A new place with fresh bar food in a casual environment? I'm
So my wife and I and another couple visited on a recent Saturday, and
it wasn't until we pulled into the parking lot that we realized Coach's
Tavern is the former site of Buffalo Wild Wings. That, of course, is
long gone, but none of us had been there since it left.
Actually, it didn't completely leave. The layout of the place is
similar, with the kitchen distinctly separated from the bar, the way all
BW3s seem to be set up. If you forced me to wager, I'd say that the
formica-topped high tables and stools that populate the dining room are
Coach's is in a lot of ways the prototypical
neighborhood bar – on the dim side, not too big, quite a few flat-screen
TVs. But not-so-typical is the food part of the equation. Kickstart
Grille arrived in January, and is not fully integrated – at least not
yet – into the whole place. For example, we ordered and paid separately
for food and drinks.
Lake County native Dennis Blakeslee is
the one who has brought Kickstart into Coach's, which was without a
kitchen for some time and is now open for lunch. He takes pride in using
only fresh ingredients throughout the menu, which is dotted with the
description “disgustingly delicious.” And a fair amount of bacon.
Read more at Correspondent Mark Koestner's review: Dining Out: Kickstart Grill at Coach's Tavern in Willowick is a kick
Labels: bar and grill, bar food, burger, Willowick