Dinner Near the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland?
I am taking my son and his friend (14 year old NY kids) on a pilgramage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the end of March. I hear that there is an up and coming restaurant scene in Cleveland - we are staying at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center, and not renting a car so would like a restuarant within a cab ride that would be appropriate for all - the kids are very sophisticated, but dont want a three star, three hour dinner type place. No chains please. Thanks!
since you described the kids as NYC 'sophisticated' I am concerned about many of the recs above with the exceptions of Stuarts. I think they may like Lolita (Lolas less fancy little sis in tremont-5 min cab) http://www.lolabistro.com/. both menus posted. I can always recommend the Flying fig and Paralaxx, but maybe teens could get little bored with the slightly less buzz in atmosphere.I have not eaten at Light Bistro yet, but that should be great. Also concider Momocho in ohio city (5 min cab). I have mixed feelings about the place-kind of a love it or think it is ok kind of place (but it is nevertheless popular) Fahrenheit is sure to please. And yes, Luckys is my favorite brunch in town (Just went this a.m. in fact). FYI to Lucky's fans -the ever slightly changing menu was really shaken up today!
yeah, along those lines there is a HOUSE OF BLUES across from CORNER ALLEY on e4th st and an ALICE COOPERSTOWN too. if the op specificially wants a look at the local food scene they could check out LOLA, also on on e4th near euclid.
however, from key tower i'd say a stroll in the warehouse district would be the easiest bet. lots of restaurants around there to choose from.
you know its really too bad the rock hall is so isolated down by the waterfront. good news is they are planning on neighborhood development around there. someday!
Stuart's suggestions are good, though I don't know anything about Lucky's. If you are staying at the Marriott, there is a lot of stuff within a 10 min cab ride. I second the nod for Siam Cafe for awesome Chinese--I have not been thrilled with the non-Chinese offerings, but the menu is probably 95% Chinese, so no worries. It is at 40th and St. Clair.
For downtown pub fun, I'd recommend The Winking Lizard over Harry Buffalo. The Lizard is a local chain with above-average bar food and lots of other fun. Near Jacobs Field.
In Ohio City (which is 5 min from downtown), Great Lakes Brewing is fun. I haven't eaten there in a while, and I've heard some iffy stuff on the new chef. But the beer is AWESOME. My personal favorite is Edmund Fitzgerald porter. Also in Ohio City, I'd recommend Flying Fig (upscale), or Pnomh Penh (on W. 25th). Excellent Cambodian food. For "mod mex," Momocho isn't far and is wonderful.
Have fun! I never get bored of the Rock Hall, and I've probably been 20 times. (It's what every first-time Cleveland visitor wants to do, so we always take guests. It's great!)
Just got back from Cleveland with kids. Both restaurants I will tell you about are close to your hotel. Went to a Cavs game and ate before at Harry Buffalo. Kind of a road house with good wings and local beer. Very lively and the kids enjoyed it. Interesting wing sauces like mango barbeque and tangy orange. The next night we ate at The Corner Alley. It is billed as a restauant/martini bar attached to a bowling alley. It was recommended to me on this board. We tried to get in after the Cavs game but kids aren't allowed in after 9 pm. Went back earlier the next night and had a great time. They have a pizza oven and the pizza was good. Hubby had a steak, I had pasta - both okay. One kid had fish and chips in Guiness batter - very good. The bowling part is quite separate in case you don't want a noisy dining experience. I ordered a martini called "blue balls" and it was gigantic. It was served in a draft glass! The Rock Hall was awesome and the kids loved it.
edit:Lucky's serves brunch on the weekend not during the week.
Siam Cafe is a great restaurant that offers Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food. It's 1.9mi/6min from the Marriott.
Lucky's is 2.4mi/7min from the Marriott. If you'll be here on a weekend morning, I recommend the brunch.
Are you specifically looking for representatives of our resurgent food scene? These wouldn't qualify. They're not new. They're not innovative; they just have good food. And they're not the sort of restaurant that attracts regional or national attention. For that, I would consider Light Bistro. It replaced Parker's (*sob*) and I've seen several very good reviews. It's only been open a couple weeks but the chef did very well at a different restaurant. 1.5mi/5mins.
That area (Ohio City) has a diverse group of restaurants. Middle Eastern, Puerto Rican, Cambodian... For market driven contemporary American consider Flying Fig. Great Lakes Brewing tries to combine an ecological conscience and good food with their award winning beers. Nearby is another good restaurant destination neighborhood: Tremont. They also have a good mix of restaurants: Thai, Latin, lots of contemporary American. A chef (cook?) at Fahrenheit (1.9mi/7min) has a mouthwatering blog:
I've eaten at most of these restaurants but not often enough to vouch for most of them. Personally, I recommend Lucky's and Siam Cafe. Hopefully, before you come I'll be able to add Light Bistro to that list. I'm very eager to try that restaurant myself.