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Where to Dine in Cleveland - Jerry's Picks

Cleveland abounds with good food choices.  Lots of foodies live here and so there are many places to choose from. Inspired by some of the folks who were in on the ground floor of farm to table, Iron Chefs and other Food Channel sorts, slow food and go food.  Like good mediators, authentic, sincere and heartfelt.  


Close to the conference…many within sight! 

Trentina….national celebrity, Michael Sawyer….always great

L’albatross….from chef Zach Bruell, a cozy venue nearly on campus with some of my go-to treats

Valerio…the real deal in Little Italy..just up the road

Etna….same family, though rumor has it somewhat removed….from Valerio…autentico cucina

Washington Place Bistro…a cozy room in a cozy Inn just off campus  

Nora…across the street from Washington Place….a good spot with great food

Maxi’s…..also in Little Italy…this is plain and simple but good Italian fare.  Try the Tomato, caper and red onion salad with balsamic vinegar and the artichoke white pizza.  Sit at the bar if you’re in a hurry

Michelangelo…What can I say?  One of many in a neighborhood with lovely edibles.

Angelo's Nido Italia…A  throwback to an earlier Italian American style and room.  A solid choice.

Provenance Cafe….at the Cleveland Museum of Art… hours…by Doug Katz of Fire - Food and Drink….great setting….great food

A bit further afield but worth the small trip

Lola…downtown…Iron Chef Michael Symon….does not disappoint with a great room and food
reflecting is modern food movement pioneering

Chinato…another Zach Bruell gem…accross from with all of his places, not a bad
thing on the menu.

Greenhouse…another from Michael Sawyer, one of the bold new faces on the American food scene.  Same street as Lola

Marble Room….also downtown...went here in the Spring with Paul Iacano.  A fabulous room with satisfying classics.

Urban Farmer…downtown….farm to table and worth the trip

Alley Cat….in the Flats….on the river...Here comes Zach Bruell again with a fun spot featuring good fish.

Beer places but more….Cleveland has a proud hops and malt history and it finds a revival in these places….many in the West Side Market neighborhood….all making their own award winners

Market Garden

Hansa House

Bar Cento

Great Lakes Brewing

Good drinks in classic joints

Velvet Tango Room…an old speakeasy with a great back room

Club Leo…a classic dive with good martini's   
  Lounge Leo -

Fairmount Martini Bar in Cleveland Heights…”always a great drink in a comforting setting”

Also downtown and in the market district

Flying Fig….Janice Small was one of the pioneers of organic exceptionalism in Cleveland and this informal place has food big on flavor

Blue Point….downtown…for fish lovers and well worth the Uber ride.   Pristine fish.  Never a bad meal.

in the Tremont neighborhood

Parallax….another Bruell gem with some of the best fish and wine pairings around

Dante/coda …..high end Italian and Japanese in the basement

Fahrenheit Restaurant Cleveland…..Rocco Whalen does a bang up job on this tasteful cuisine

Up the Hill a piece….but  not far….. and solid standards that I go to time and again

Fire Food and Drink….another by Doug Katz…one of my go to places on historic Shaker Square:  Always walk away smiling.  If you see Doug. mention my name

Edwins….across Shaker Square from Fire, this a unique place with classic dishes harkening back to a bit more upper brow but with an interesting twist.  The subject of an 2018 Academy Award movie documentary….Sharpening Skills….this place offers great food in a good room that is totally staffed (front of house, back of house, the full house) by rehabilitated convicts.

Nighttown … of my old haunts for a good after theater burger, Dublin Lawyer and a number of good stand bys.  You can almost feel the ghost of James Joyce.

Gigis on Fairmount....this "New York ish” style bistro delivers tasty food and drink in a comforting and homey setting in Cleveland Heights.  Perfect for post theater lighter bites.