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Jul 18, 2007 07:53 AM

Cleveland restaurants Berea Fairgrounds to Madison and 117th

On Saturday afternoon (7/21) and early evening a couple of us will be at the Irish festival then heading over to The Winchester for some musical entertainment. We'll be looking for a dinner place that is informal, price not a problem, quality is prime requirement. Sandwiches/bar food OK, but good sit down place all right as well. Is The Winchester any good? One of us is not a seafood fan so have to avoid that, but all other ethnic eats etc. are a possibility, no veggie places please. We have a car but not real famliar with this side of town.


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  1. El Tango is right down the street from The Winchester. It's definitely informal. You order and pay at the register and bring your own alcohol. Food is delivered to the table. The kitchen has been known to get backed up on occasion. No wait, however extreme, should keep you from trying El Tango. It's one of the best restaurants in the area. I recommened several dishes in one of the threads that you can find in the places database.

    There's another restaurant nearby: Velocity. It's contemporary American. It was recently reopened after a fire. I have been there either before or since but I was interested. The chef has worked at some of the area's more highly regarded kitchens including Giovanni's and Vue. Also, Sushi Rock. Velocity just got a very good review in the Free Times:

    El Tango Taqueria
    14224 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

    10427 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44102

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    1. re: stuart

      Your question nudged me out of my restaurant rut (my delicious, delicious rut). I tried Velocity. After one visit I can definitely say that they're promising. They make absolutely everything in house. I was very pleased when my sides were actually worth eating. Dessert was the standout in this meal. I promise you won't be disappointed with their house made donuts - fresh whipped cream, house made mascarpone and fruit. The donut itself is a perfect example of what a donut should be.

      If you're in the mood for contemporary American, or as they describe themselves "American bistro", then I think you should give them a try.

      10427 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44102

      1. re: stuart

        I second El Tango Taqueria. I think it's the best Mexican restaurant in Greater Cleveland. It's informal, albeit slow, which is nice. Just a note, it's a small place. I've never seen them packed before but I've only been there two or three times, so I imagine they get packed.

      2. At the other end of Detroit - almost to Rocky River ... India Garden is good and about a 10 minute drive from 117th and Madison. Also, Players on Madison's fine ... good menu

        Also on Detroit, but farther down - Venezia ... guy from NYC who opened it up a few months ago -- it's on the north side of the street. When I was there they didn't have a liquor license, but that may have changed.