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Alexis’ Birthday at 16-Bit and the Guild House

{by alexis} Another spring, another birthday! I have to tell you: I LOVE to celebrate my birthday. It’s a great excuse to force all your favorite people into one room of your choosing. This year, I chose afternoon fun at 16-Bit Bar & Arcade on Saturday, followed by a late brunch on Sunday at Cameron Mitchell’s the Guild House in the Short North. What a weekend!

It was the first sunny, warm weekend we’ve had in a while, so Joe and I took the monster for a long walk, and lunch in the park. Check out these two lookers.

german village | wander & whine

German Village is so lovely in the spring. All seasons, really. We grabbed a quick bite from Kolache Republic, a tiny lunch and breakfast joint that features the Czech pastries they’re named for. We shared an iced tea and I demolished this bierock, filled with spice beef, onion, and cabbage. Perfect for fueling up for a fun day at the arcade.

bierock at Kolache Republic | wander & whine

Later, I met up with Alicia and Thom, and blog favorite Megan and her husband. And my husband’s ENTIRE FAMILY met up with us too! All together we took up quite a few tables, ordered a wide variety of drinks, lost more than a few games of Frogger, and got to enjoy the best bucket of beer known to man.

16-bit | wander & whine

This gave me much joy. There were many photos taken of my new friend here, but I’ll spare you. I got to introduce Alicia to the griffin-riding joy that is “Golden Axe,” and we relived our childhoods with “Dragon’s Lair,” a game that borrows the animation from Sword in the Stone.

We retired to our place for board games, puppy hugs, and at least one mistaken pizza delivery guy. I had a wonderful day.

The next morning, Joe let me sleep in before we headed to the Short North for a late brunch at The Guild House, the new gem in Cameron Mitchell’s crown. And what a gem it is.

the guild house | wander & whine the guild house | wander & whine

We were ready to try the whole menu. I started with Cava while Joe sampled the bloody mary, which had a wonderful flavor, but wasn’t quite spicy enough for his liking (what is?). We ordered up a plate of brussels sprouts (MOAR BRUSSELS SPROUTS) and a dish of the french onion dip. The sprouts were DELICIOUS. Bacon packed a big punch and they were just crunchy enough. The french onion dip was a little less exciting, but still good.

the guild house | wander & whine the guild house | wander & whine

Don’t you just love those wooden tables? They’re so rich and rustic. And I think they look pretty great in pictures!

For our entrees, I ordered the smoked chicken hash and Joe went for the sea bass croquette. I’m a sucker for a properly poached egg, and the chefs at the Guild House came through. The chicken was smoky indeed and full of flavor.

the guild house | wander & whine

The sweet potatoes were nicely cooked, and the gouda was a lovely, rich addition. Joe’s sea bass, however, was phenomenal. The breading was light and crispy without feeling greasy. And the sea bass itself was wonderful. The greens on top were a perfect accompaniement, and I loved putting together a single bite with the fish, the crisp greens, and creamy tartar sauce. It was awesome.

Oh, and we ordered a delicious plate of fries! And I grabbed the gin cocktail which was delightfully refreshing and not too gin-y. I highly recommend.

the guild house | wander & whine the guild house | wander & whine

I love that table. Anyway, because they’re so kind, they even treated me to a beautiful chocolate torte for my birthday. Thanks, Guild House, for a wonderful birthday brunch!

the guild house | wander & whine

The weekend was unspeakably lovely; we did my favorite things with a handful of my favorite people. I missed many folks, too, but I felt a whole lot of love coming my way. Thank you to all of my friends and family for making this birthday another special one. Can’t wait till next year!

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