Moss’ of Downtown Elyria is one of the landmarks we often use to guide new bankruptcy clients to the Balena Law Firm. Typically Nancy will tell you that the office is opposite the parking lot next to Moss’. This is really only half true. The lot isn’t theirs. It is parking for my building. Don’t tell them that though.
This is much more than a landmark to help you find my office. It really is a darn good place to eat (and drink). Whenever I am in the office Tuesday through Friday, it is a good bet I will be there for lunch. The people are friendly, and the menu has good, healthy food, which is a novelty in Elyria.
Moss’ was featured in the season premier of Restaurant Impossible last fall. I was a regular before the remake. Unfortunately, as such I was officially excluded from any taping. If you watch the television episode, the tables and chairs are stacked in my parking space. Does that make me a celebrity? Formerly, the biggest complaint about Moss’ was the service, or the lack of it. It was not possible to eat there and make it back to work in enough time to avoid being fired. That is an experience of the past. Now there is an express lunch menu. The plates are reasonably priced, tasty and the turn around is fast.
The owner, Sandi Laubenthal, has carried through the changes the show started by remodeling the bar area to match the dining room. She continues to update her menu with creative entrées and tasty bar food. Happy hour is from 4 to 7pm. The best deals on the bar menu are the prime rib strips and the deep-fried green beans. I have never been much of a bar fly, but I do eat there on occasion when my wife is out of town.
It is a great place for a drink, a sandwich, or a full-blown meal. Just don’t forget your laptop or iPad. Moss’ offers a powerful WIFI signal that is not password protected.
One more thing, just a bit of a pet peeve really. Moss’ is not grammatically correct. The “s” apostrophe is reserved for a plural noun ending in “s” that is possessive. It should be Moss’s. We were all too young to have input when the original owner named it in 1958.