My husband has fond memories of this place because he used to eat here with his father. So, when he asked if I wanted to try it, I said, why not. Since that day, we’ve been back three or four times. It’s always quiet and intimate- which makes it really nice.
When walking in, it’s very dark – in decor and illumination. It’s an old place and was probably built when really dark wood was the “in thing”. So, don’t expect a place that will “brighten your day” with bright decor – that won’t happen here. But, after adjusting your eyes, the first thing you will notice is a large salad bar – which is offered free with any meal. This salad bar is unlike many as it has items such as delicious deviled eggs, occasional chilled shrimp, pasta salad, pudding, cole slaw and more.
The menu offers meals such as different cuts of steak – which have always been perfectly cooked, according to my husband- frog legs, fried chicken, fish and the best part is they have daily specials that are different each visit. Before the meal, a variety basket of rolls are provided which offers a great addition to the salad bar.
If anyone knows me, they will know that I’m a big bathroom person. I’ve always felt that you can tell a lot about the restaurant by their bathrooms and I sort of judge the establishment by the condition of them. Houston Inn’s bathrooms are horrible. It is extremely small, in much need of many repairs and updates (the floor has been reflowed onto of old flooring). But, it does have “HOT” water and to me, that’s the most important. If a restaurant has hot water, then you know the employees have clean hands. So, because they have hot water, I won’t judge them too harshly for having horrible bathrooms. I’ll just hold it until I get home.
But, the service is always pleasant and our food has always been satisfying.
The Inn is NOT open on Mondays.
Let me know what you think!
4026 S US Route 42
Lebanon, OH 45036