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Bagley Grill

11 May, 2019 | Family Restaurant | By: Mrs Z

I have to first say that we’ve passed Bagley Grill at least 100 times since they opened 5 years ago, and in fact we’ve regularly eaten at the Chinese restaurant right next door to them for the past 20+ years, yet we’ve never had any interest in going in for a meal.  If I’m being honest, one of the reasons is due to the fact that they don’t serve beer or wine.  I realize that it’s classified as a “family” restaurant, but there are of plenty of restaurants in that same category that have full liquor licenses.  Truthfully, it was never a deal breaker; we just never had any interest.

With that being said, we were in a rush this particular Tuesday night and with it being relatively close to home, Mr. Z decided it was time to give it a try.  Much like the neighborhood diners in NY and NJ, the menu is extensive, without a specific concentration on any one type of food, which is always a good thing when you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for.  As soon as we walked in, we could tell that this was a place for “regulars”.  The hostess (?) seemed to know everyone’s name – except ours of course.  We felt very conspicuous.

OK, let’s pause here for a minute before I talk about the food itself.  I was anxious to wash my hands before we ate, so while waiting for the waitress to take our orders, I located the restroom and quickly went back.  I honestly can’t remember when I’ve ever been so overwhelmed by foul smell before.  Aside from the awful sewage smell, there was something else mixed in that I couldn’t put my finger on – to the point where I kept the door propped open with my foot while I washed my hands.  I could barely stand the 30 seconds I was in there and was so nauseated by the time I sat back down again, I almost suggested we leave, but…..I toughed it out and tried very hard not to think about the fact that the restroom is right beside the kitchen!   Enough of that – I’m pretty sure that my feelings about the situation are very clear.

In any case, we placed our orders and very out of character for him; Mr. Z ordered the salmon with a bourbon glaze on it which he said was VERY good.  I was still in recovery mode, but decided on a chicken dish with spinach, mushrooms and cheese on top.  It too was pretty good, even though only half of the large chicken breast was tender.  It was a very large boneless piece, so I wasn’t bothered by the fact that I could only eat half of it.  Both dishes came with choices for sides and we both opted for baked potatoes.  He had a bowl of chicken rice soup first and said it was tasty, except a little too salty and not even warm at all.  I had a dinner salad which was bland, except the balsamic dressing, as well as the bleu cheese dressing, was very good.

Overall it was a very inexpensive meal, but in all honesty….there was nothing impressive about the Bagley Grill and besides that, I was so turned off by the horrible smell in the restroom that I had a hard time eating.  The fact that nobody has bothered to correct that is very disturbing!

Bagley Grill is located at:

15220 E. Bagley Road

Middleburg Heights

(440) 845-7484 


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