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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.  

Enjoy!

Close to the conference…many within sight! 

Trentina….national celebrity, Michael Sawyer….always great
   
www.restauranttrentina.com

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

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

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

Washington Place Bistro…a cozy room in a cozy Inn just off campus  
washington-place-bistro-inn

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

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   
www.maxisbistro.com

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

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

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

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

www.lolabistro.com

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

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

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

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

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

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
  
www.marketgardenbrewery.com


Hansa House
 
www.hansabrewery.com

Bar Cento

www.barcento.com

Great Lakes Brewing
  
www.greatlakesbrewing.com

Good drinks in classic joints

Velvet Tango Room…an old speakeasy with a great back room
www.velvettangoroom.com

Club Leo…a classic dive with good martini's   
  Lounge Leo -
clevelandlittleitaly.com/lounge-leo

Fairmount Martini Bar in Cleveland Heights…”always a great drink in a comforting setting”
www.thefairmount.net

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 
www.theflyingfig.com

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

in the Tremont neighborhood

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

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

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

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   
www.firefoodanddrink.com

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.
www.edwinsrestaurant.org

Nighttown …..one 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.
www.nighttowncleveland.com

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.
www.gigisonfairmount.com


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