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Ovalon in Hazleton

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Ovalon in Hazleton

Stan | Dec 20, 2004 11:07 AM

Back for the first time in seven years. My...things have changed. The intimate dining room with the leather walling has been renovated to accommodate more tables. The bar and table area were dramatically altered, somewhat of a cross between modern and traditional.

The bread basket was amazing. We had slices from a very light, fresh white loaf and the crispy ciabatta were among the best I've ever had---perfect for olive oil dipping.

My wife and I both ordered salads with a balsamic dressing, topped with blue cheese. The dressing was a little sweet at first...and perhaps the last few bites, but 80% of the forkfuls were just right.

We both went with crabmeat for our main course. I chose the Colossal Crab, tender chunks of the meat with butter in a casserole dish. A little too much butter, I needed to drain the last few chunks, but exceptional. My wife had hers with Shrimp Francaise with the crabmeat. Great batter. My mashed potatoes were chunky and pretty flavorless---perhaps not a good companion for the buttery crab?

The meal really hit the skids with dessert. I ordered a peach torte that was still frozen. The top layer (with the peaches) barely had any taste. The pie-like filling below was tasty when it wasn't frigid. We should have sent it back.

My wife had a glass of merlot and water. I had water and a soft drink. Total with tip (and $15.00 off with Entertainment Card)...$50.00.

The Ovalon changed hands a few years ago and is run by the folks who operate The Powerhouse (White Haven) and Connor's Grillroom (Dallas). Possibly the Overbrook too. They have kept up many of the traditions and obviously still please a loyal clientele (no parking lot in a pretty tight area, or did we just miss it)...the place was packed!

Some of the renovations may have been necessary for a new owner's interest, but a bit of intimacy has been lost. Still, this was a solid meal with more peaks than valleys, certainly worthy of your Entertainment Card.

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