Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern (CLOSED)

Editor’s note: As of 2015, Patiriot Steakhouse is closed.

1525 Germantown Dr.
Lebanon, OH 45036
513.228.2500
websitePatriot Steakhouse (Lebanon, OH)3 starsSet up in Lebanon as a casual dining environment, Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern aims to be an approachable spot to get anything from a burger to a nice steak and everything in between. Fitting that it caters to the tastes of both Dayton and Cincinnati palettes, because this spot has a wide-ranging menu with a great variety of surf and turf dishes, each with an interesting little thing to make it unique at Patriot. The spot is one where you might expect to wait a little longer for your food, but it’s worth the time. I’m a fan of what I’ve tried here.

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The menu is massive. Here are some of the best dishes:

  • Grilled hamburger: This burger is a monster; 10 ounces of ground beef served up to order and topped with whatever you like. The burger that size takes a little longer to cook but when it does come out — it’s a very satisfying meal.
  • Pulled pork: The pulled pork is crisp and it’s got a nice, strong flavor of smoking, which makes it good whether in a sandwich or — even better — as a “pulled pork bomb” — wrapped in bacon.
  • Bacon-wrapped shrimp skewer: The shrimp is grilled with a buttery baste that makes it a little bit sweet, a little bit salty. For an added bonus, the bacon-wrapped shrimp are hard to beat.
  • “The best” clam chowder: This chowder is a little bit on the chunky side, with plenty of veggies and meat to really make it pop. Great stuff.
  • Cole slaw: This stuff is interesting; it’s a creamy slaw but with the addition of red peppers and mandarin orange to give it a little extra edge.
  • Smoothie: Hard to beat an extra-sweet fruit smoothie, topped with whipped cream.

The restaurant has a nice, friendly interior, patriot-themed no less. Service members returning or deploying get meals for free. The prices aren’t too bad, the restaurant looks to be a higher-end sports bar and that seems to work out well. At the same time, the wait here is a bit longer than your average restaurant. Expect to spend a bit more time here, especially in the dinner hour. That extensive menu may mean a lot of different things need to be prepared, but it’s also a plus that each of those ingredients seems to be homemade.

Lebanon is a great town for its friendly, small-time charm even when it is sandwiched between two denser, faster metro areas. But the friendliness of the place can’t be beat. The Patriot fits very well into that mold.

Recommendations

  • Military get discounts for deploying or returning service members.
  • Portions are huge, so plan to take some of what you order home with you.
  • The wait at the spot is a little longer than average. Keep that in mind while planning the trip.

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