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Cleveland near the Jake

Headed up for a game. Looking for a good place to eat downtown, would love a micro-brew type place or great burger joint. Also, anything really noteworthy inside the stadium? Thanks!

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  1. There are several breweries downtown including Great Lakes near Lorain & 25th (near West Side Market). There are a few others downtown. I know the Tasty Travels that Rachal Ray did in Cleveland included a brewery near the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (as I recall she walked from one to the other, so it must be within walking distance of the Jake). Try Food Network to see exactly where she went:
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_...

    1. Great Lakes is not quite in downtown. That is where RR was, it is not really near the rock hall. Downtown there is the chop house brewery, and on the near by West Bank of of the Flats, Rock Bottom. If all those Chop House is most walkable, but you can take the red line rapid one stop west from tower city and get off at W. 25 (for great lakes). Walk up the steps from the train, look for the clock tower (west side market) and cross the street to Market Square- and GLBC is there. Other than the dogs (must get stadium mustard) I am not a huge fan of the ball park food. All of the brew places brew their own (although Rock Bottom and Chop House have same brewer) all are good. Great lakes has their beer at the Jake. The best burger downtown IMO is at The Little Bar.http://search.cityguide.aol.com/cleve... They are usually open during games but it i always good to check. they have a few local micros on tap.

      http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/
      http://www.rockbottom.com/RockBottomW...

      http://www.chophouse.com/RockBottomWe...

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      1. re: lyn

        I like Flannery's, an Irish pub, which is on the corner of Prospect and E. 4th Street. It has a nice patio- try the Southwest or Boyne Valley rolls. Also, there are several restaurants with nice patios on E. 4th Street which is really fun if the weather is nice.

        1. re: meg3812

          I second this rec. It's only about a block or two north of the stadium. I recently had the Rueben there before a game and the meat was sliced thin, nary a glob of gristle in it and nice and juicy. On top of that the wait staff seemed to pride themselves on getting us out of there before the first pitch even though we told them we were in no hurry. They were probably just trying to get as many folks in and out before game time as they could to increase their revenue.

          A place you might want to try for just a beer before the game and a good deal on parking is Fat Fish Blue. Park in the lot above the place and get your parking ticket validated and you either get a discount or free parking there (don't remember which it is). This place tries to present itself as a New Orleans style place, but the food is not that good in my opinion. So park there, have a beer, walk on down to Flannery's for food then over to the Jake.
          Enjoy

      2. there's a winking lizard right by the jake. the other food is average but the wings are great. and they have a huge beer selection although they don't brew their own.

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        1. re: AMFM

          agree with that call, if you keep it simple the food is pretty good pub food for all the hustle and buistle of the place before a game.

          more importantly they have a happy hour and great lakes beers on tap and in bottles too. the op might stop in "the clevelander" bar across the street too for more local ambiance.

          i am looking forward to stopping in CORNER ALLEY on e4th and euclid, its the new bowling alley slash bar (how perfect for the cleve is that?). i hear they have a happy hour and some good beers too.

          1. re: mrnyc

            do all you Clevelanders think it's better to eat Before going to an Indians game? I thought the food at the Jake was pretty good and the nearby options - in terms of quality - don't seem to be too different from what's inside. Of course Lola is pretty close so I'm obviously generalizing.
            I'm quite curious about the responses here, and wonder what Pylon chose to do, partially because I'm heading back to Cleveland soon, and partially because it's my current focus: www.scoreboardgourmet.com

            1. re: sarapeater

              nice blog. i can compare the ny and cle peanuts for you.....cleveland's petersons nuts are the winner.

              i just caught a mets game on the 14th (nothing there of note at all) and will be in the cleve later this week and at the jake for a game i think friday so i will report back.

              1. re: mrnyc

                thanks. you can guest post for me or add a comment to the peanut post I need to get up.
                Shea is hard b/c you have to be sitting in field seats to access the 'best' food

        2. The Winking Lizard in the Gateway is a great place to grab a burger, or ribs, or many other food options. They also have an extensive beer selection. It's within walking distance of the Jake. I've never eaten at the Gateway location, but I've eaten at the Peninsula location and I love it. Also, the food at the Jake as I recall is pretty good. You can get pierogies there and the hot dogs are pretty good. I haven't been to a Tribe game in a couple of years though.

          1. Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I'll report back after the trip. The Winking Lizard sounds like the likely destination!

            1. The Lizard is a good choice if you want something very, very casual. Great Lakes is good, too, but it is a short drive. Chop House is walkable and it's not bad, but not great either. If you can get a snack before the game and wait to grab dinner after, there are a lot of great dinner options. I have a blog with some of my favorites: clevelandfoodie.blogspot.com

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              1. re: michellev

                I'm pretty sure we will end up drinking most of our dinner, so the pre-game meal will be important! :D

                Actually, we'll be downtown on foot most of the day. Hotel is 2 blocks away, I think, so we will have a couple of chances to try out these recommendations.

              2. The roads are pretty torn up downtown due to construction. As a result, there are a number of detours, so I would suggest doing things within walking distance if you plan on eating near the time of the game.

                Lola is still a great choice, if it is open when you are planning to eat. They are closed outside of standard meal hours and open back up at 5 p.m. nightly. I don't believe they serve lunch during the weekend.

                House of Blues isn't bad for a quick, less expensive meal, and they are open all day every day.

                Have fun!