I had the opportunity to meet a friend for lunch in Lancaster, Ohio, a few weeks ago—and it was my job to choose the restaurant. While there are a lot of chain restaurants in the area, I wanted to try something a little different. Table 1 opened earlier in summer on Lancaster’s Main Street—and since a quick visit to the Old Shoe Factory for antique shopping was on or list of things to do—Table 1 was my choice. What was our review of Table 1 in Lancaster, Ohio?
Table 1 is nestled into an older building on Main Street. Table 1 has a nice location in Lancaster’s downtown, historical district. There is plenty of on-street parking as well as parking lots within an easy walk to Table 1. Visitors can easily venture to the historic courthouse, the Ohio Glass Museum or the Old Shoe Factory Antique Mall—or wander through some of the small shops dotting the downtown.
Table 1 combines the old and the new. While the restaurant moved into the space of a long-time Lancaster dining establish, Table 1 made some changes. The sign and glass front are in keeping with the building’s old brick exterior and neighboring businesses—but, the building’s interior is a casual mixture of the old and new. Each of the tables has a wall-mounted number sign with a modern feel. The open, galley style kitchen keeps the atmosphere casual (and little loud and “clangy” every now and then).
Table 1 was small—but quite busy. We arrived around 10:45 for an early lunch. As the 11 o’clock hour neared—the restaurant filled quickly. Lots of diners seemed to be on lunch breaks from downtown businesses. The dining area is pretty small, so we were pretty fortunate to have arrived early and skipped the wait. While there aren’t many tables in the restaurant—there were plenty of servers and staff keeping things moving. When the restaurant was at its busiest, our server brought us a decanter of iced water so that we weren’t waiting for her to return for refills—but, she was always checking in on us anyway.
How was the food at Table 1? I had a tough time choosing my lunch. I really wanted to try a flatbread—but, the chicken Bruschetta and the fish tail and the burgers were all vying for my attention as well.
In the end, I chose the Bruschetta with kettle chips..
I loved the sandwich. It was a grilled chicken breast with field greens, diced tomato, basil, melted mozzarella cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette drizzle. Generally, I am not a huge fan of kettle chips—but, these were thin and barely seasoned and fried to a flat crisp.
My friend chose the Fish Tail and fries
She ordered the fish plain—with no sauces or any toppings. Since the servers became very busy, the chef actually came out to verify her order rather than risking an error—and he even came out with the food to ensure again that it was prepared correctly. It was a HUGE fish tail! The server brought a cup of the chipotle tartar sauce that is usually served on the fish--and I am pretty sure I'll have to try the fish with the sauce at some point!
Is Table 1 suitable for kids? Although I didn’t have the girls with me, there is a children’s menu at Table 1 with items such as wafflewiches and cheeseburger roll ups to offer a break from the usual chicken nugget or mac & cheese fare. Table 1 has a very casual atmosphere making it relaxed and family friendly.
What were our final thoughts on Table 1? I would definitely visit Table 1 again for lunch with friends or with my family. The prices were reasonable for the portion size and quality (my bruschetta and chips cost around $7), the service was wonderful during our visit, and the food was served hot and to order. I really like the variety on the menu—they serve everything from Cajun themed flatbreads to Cuban sandwiches and pub-like fishtails. I could visit several times and still have items on the menu left that I would like to try! The restaurant is a little small—so expect a bit of a wait during lunch rush. It does get a little loud when seated near the kitchen—but, it’s a nice, casual spot for a quick breakfast or lunch.
We were not compensated for this review--all opinions are our own. We just found something new and wanted to share!
For More Information:
157 W. Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
We have a lot of travel planned over the next several months. If you know of a restaurant that we should visit in the Midwest, Southern or Eastern U.S.---Email us! We love to discover new places!