HOME > Chowhound > General Midwest Archive >

Best cheap eats in cleveland

h
hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 09:27 AM

message: hi guys i'm a new visitor and i must say i love it. there is so much info on here and everyone seems cool so i figured i'd list my need. im gonna be on vacation in mid august and am looking for the best cheap eats in cleveland ohio are. specifically i'll be near jacobs field and downtown cleveland. i don't wanna venture too far so what can you guys recommend.
thanks hungrymannyc

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. a
    AMFM RE: hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 09:34 AM

    will you have a car for 5 minute jaunts? willing to cab 5-10? or walking?

    3 Replies
    1. re: AMFM
      h
      hungrymannyc RE: AMFM Jul 25, 2007 09:36 AM

      i'm not driving but am willing to travel within a 15-20 min radius whether its via public trans. or cab. nothing over 30 preferably. what do u have in mind.
      thanks

      1. re: hungrymannyc
        a
        AMFM RE: hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 09:58 AM

        west side market is across the bridge from downtown in an area called ohio city. it's a great farmer's market with good stands there. the winking lizard, right by the jake, has a fabulous beer selection and good wings. i suggest you go to the cleveland.com website's food and wine forum and post there. you will get tons of really good suggestions. you'll get some here but more there!
        i haven't lived in cleveland for a few years and lived in the burbs so my downtown ventures were for less of the cheap eats variety.

        1. re: hungrymannyc
          s
          stuart RE: hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 11:40 AM

          If you're willing to take a cab and travel 30 mins then you can get pretty much anywhere. You're centrally located and traveling in Cleveland isn't nearly as bad as some people seem to be accustomed to. Seriously, some of the restaurants I'm going to suggest are much farther for me than they will be for you and they still take about half an hour or less.

          For example, Presto is a fantastic sandwich shop. Great sides. There's bacon in the cole slaw. Or is it the potato salad? Whichever, there's bacon which is good. Great soups. At least the tomato soup which is what I had. I hear they have gelato now. Google Maps says it's 19 minutes from Jacobs Field.

          Shanti's Kitchen 16 minutes. Call to confirm that they've reopened after their renovations. This is one of the most consistently excellent restaurants in town at any price. Mostly takeout. Only two small tables. At least, prior to the recent renovation. Fish, chicken, lamb, goat, beef ribs... it's all better than good. It's excellent. Didn't care for the shrimp.

          Siam Cafe 8 min. Too much to recommend here. And it's the closest, too. You could eat all your meals here and get something different and excellent every time. Everything is good but some of the conventional American-Chinese food is, well, conventional. See some of my previous posts for specific recommendations.

          El Tango is 11 minutes from Jacobs Field. Again, another consistently excellent restaurant. The large portions stretch the value of the already reasonable prices.

          -----
          Siam Cafe
          3951 Saint Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

          El Tango Taqueria
          14224 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

          Shanti's Kitchen
          4818 Turney Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125

          Presto
          21984 Lorain Rd, Cleveland, OH 44126

      2. h
        hungrymannyc RE: hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 10:42 AM

        ok ill check that cause im looking for cheap eats as far as resturants and good places to dine. that kind of thing

        1. Cassaendra RE: hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 07:06 PM

          What types of food do you like, and what do you hate? If you like ethnic, how authentic do you like your food? What price range per person is considered cheap (for a New Yorker)...say for dinner? :)

          1. m
            maafrank RE: hungrymannyc Jul 25, 2007 07:53 PM

            For my money, the best cheap eats are att Phnom Penh on Lorain. Again, it's a cab ride, but as people have said, you can get anywhere in Clv in not a lot of time. The only bad thing is, last I checked, they don't have a liquor license. But you can grab beer at the pharmacy across the street and bring it with you. The menu is Cambodian and Thai. Everything's good. My favorite is the spicy Pad Thai. It's different than I've had it anywhere else. I crave it just thinking about it.

            13124 Lorain Ave, Cleveland - (216) 251-0210

            5 Replies
            1. re: maafrank
              j
              jujuthomas RE: maafrank Jul 25, 2007 08:01 PM

              Cedarlands in the same building as the Cleveland Clinic guest house - best kabobs I've ever eaten!

              1. re: maafrank
                NancyH RE: maafrank Jul 26, 2007 08:03 AM

                Phnom Penh has opened a second location less than two blocks from the West Side Market, on W. 25th street - you can get there by the RTA train from downtown and the food is awesome. Their non-alc drinks are great, and you have the Bier Garden and Great Lakes Brewery right within walking distance.

                Another great Happy Hour right near there is Light Bisto.

                -----
                Light Bistro
                2801 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

                1. re: maafrank
                  Cassaendra RE: maafrank Jul 26, 2007 03:31 PM

                  I'm splitting hairs here, Phnom Penh is a Cambodian/Vietnamese restaurant. :) Although they serve pad thai as well.

                  Phnom Penh is great tasting and quite inexpensive. We usually pay less than $20 for dinner for two (2 appetizers and two entrees) + tip. I usually order the beef chha kreoung marass prowt (green/red peppers, peanuts, galanga, coconut, lemongrass, and lime) at medium heat. Husband usually orders the beef Asian basil fried rice at medium heat as well.

                  It's cash only.

                  1. re: maafrank
                    c
                    ClevelandRandy RE: maafrank Jul 28, 2007 12:33 PM

                    There is a newer branch of Phnom Penh on West 25th St. a few doors north of the West Side Market. MUCH prettier inside, but the same menu as the other one. And the W25th St. location would only be a 5 minute cab ride from the Jake. AND, you could grab a beer at the Bier Market across the street before or after dinner, which has an awesome selection of beers. I have used credit cards at this branch, though another writer below said it's cash only. Another suggestion is the West Side Market Cafe -- right in the West Side Market. While the Market is only open Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat, the Cafe is open daily. I just had breakfast there today, and it was great!

                    1. re: ClevelandRandy
                      Cassaendra RE: ClevelandRandy Jul 28, 2007 03:40 PM

                      I had not been to Phnom Penh's Lorain location in ~10 years. When I first visited their West 25th location, I had assumed they closed down the one on Lorain. Curiosity got the better of me, so we drove by the Lorain location 1-2 weeks ago and the place was shut down...for renovations, if I recall correctly. I don't remember the estimated date of completion.

                      This info isn't really helpful for the OP as the cab ride would be quite expensive and would take 30+ minutes to get to the Lorain location - but for those who were thinking about hitting the Lorain restaurant. I'd give it a month or two. :)

                  2. g
                    GDub RE: hungrymannyc Jul 26, 2007 07:33 AM

                    Try the Happy Hour method. There are a number of great restaurants in the downtown/Ohio City/Tremont area where you can get pricey chow ( or reasonably priced in the case of FFB and the Pig) for substantially less during the magic happy hour(s).

                    -----
                    Flying Fig
                    2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

                    Fat Fish Blue
                    21 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115

                    Fahrenheit
                    2417 Professor Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

                    Blind Pig
                    1228 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: GDub
                      a
                      AMFM RE: GDub Jul 26, 2007 08:02 AM

                      oh yeah. heard lolita one of michael simon's places in tremont has a great happy hour.

                      1. re: AMFM
                        g
                        GDub RE: AMFM Jul 26, 2007 03:53 PM

                        I looked for an HH mention on Lolita's menu too and didn't see one...I guess I'll have to go check it out personally! ; )

                        1. re: GDub
                          a
                          AMFM RE: GDub Jul 26, 2007 04:30 PM

                          i thought it was there. but just at the few seats at the bar. think you can get the kobe beef burger for a great deal. have heard people rave about it. have never been - call though. they're nice.

                          1. re: GDub
                            s
                            sheb RE: GDub Jul 26, 2007 07:40 PM

                            Happy Hour at Lolita = $5 Kobe beef burgers. best deal in town.
                            It is limited to bar seating. I think it is from 5-6:30pm, but don't quote me on that.

                      2. g
                        gourmanda RE: hungrymannyc Jul 26, 2007 11:06 AM

                        Try the Waterstreet Grill downtown.

                        1. rockandroller1 RE: hungrymannyc Jul 27, 2007 04:35 AM

                          I also recommend Melt in Lakewood (meltbarandgrilled.com) and the Borderline Cafe, also in Lakewood, both are on Detroit road. Lakewood is *just* west of downtown and both would be an easy drive.

                          1. c
                            calover123 RE: hungrymannyc Jul 28, 2007 07:00 AM

                            Welcome to Cleveland. I hope you have a great trip here! In the Gateway District, which is where Jacobs Field is, there is the Winking Lizard. This is a local chain serving NE and Central Ohio that has great, inexpensive bar food. I've never tried the Cleveland location but I often eat at one of the suburban locations. If you have a car, I'd head over to Great Lakes Brewing Company. It's in Ohio City, which is only 5 minutes from the Gateway. It is a local institution, with locally famous beers and excellent food that's a little more upscale than your typical bar food. Most dishes are below $20. Enjoy your stay!

                            -----
                            Great Lakes Brewing Co
                            2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

                            Winking Lizard Tavern
                            811 Huron Rd E, Cleveland, OH 44115

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: calover123
                              a
                              AMFM RE: calover123 Jul 28, 2007 09:18 AM

                              personally i think the food is average - although the chef has changed since i was last there - but the beer is top notch. definitely a must try while you are there. one of the things we always get when we are there to bring home too.

                            2. c
                              ClevelandRandy RE: hungrymannyc Jul 28, 2007 12:38 PM

                              Believe it or not, Morton's Steakhouse has a great happy hour deal -- 3 little cheeseburgers or filet mignon sandwiches for $5 (as best I remember), though a martini will set you back quite a lot! The happy hour is 5-6:30 and again from 9:30 - 11, but you better confirm that before going. The Lava Lounge in Tremont (5 minutes by cab) has a great selection of creative small plates and is pretty cheap. There is a Wine Bar in the Warehouse District and another one in Ohio City (5 minute cab ride), both of which offer a good selection of small plates.

                              7 Replies
                              1. re: ClevelandRandy
                                Cassaendra RE: ClevelandRandy Jul 28, 2007 03:31 PM

                                When I was last at Morton's (in Hawaii) years ago, there was a coat/tie requirement. Have they lowered that, or was that only for the dining room? That sounds like a great deal. :)

                                1. re: Cassaendra
                                  c
                                  ClevelandRandy RE: Cassaendra Jul 28, 2007 08:25 PM

                                  I have never worn a coat & tie to the Cleveland Morton's, and I can't imagine that they have a dress code that mandates it. The happy hour cheap eats thing is only in the bar, anyway, but there is certainly no dress code (though it's hardly a t-shirt and jeans kind of place). It is an amazing deal!

                                  1. re: ClevelandRandy
                                    g
                                    GDub RE: ClevelandRandy Jul 29, 2007 03:49 PM

                                    Sounds like a great deal!!
                                    Thanks for the info!

                                    1. re: GDub
                                      h
                                      hungrymannyc RE: GDub Jul 30, 2007 09:24 AM

                                      thanks guys any other recommendations that u have near jacobs field or downtown is helpful. thanks for the helpful info ca.

                                      1. re: hungrymannyc
                                        c
                                        ClevelandRandy RE: hungrymannyc Jul 30, 2007 12:46 PM

                                        Are your meals near the Jake lunch or dinner, and on what days of the week? Morton's, mentioned in an earlier post, is an easy walk to the Jake. Unfortunately, so much other stuff close by is expensive, unworthy, or both (in large part due to its proximity to the Jake). There is a nice sushi place that is pretty cheap called Ginza that is one block from the Jake (on Carneigie, across from the Hilton Garden), and also a wonderful breakfast & lunch spot called the Juniper Grill just east of the Hilton Garden.

                                        1. re: ClevelandRandy
                                          h
                                          hungrymannyc RE: ClevelandRandy Aug 1, 2007 09:41 AM

                                          my meals will be on saturday and sunday randy if it helps. i want to eat as close to jake as possible. i'm thinking more along dinner for recommendations. inexpensive as possible as well.

                                          1. re: hungrymannyc
                                            c
                                            ClevelandRandy RE: hungrymannyc Aug 1, 2007 12:31 PM

                                            If you like sushi, and want to be a short walk from the Jake, then Ginza will be your best bet. It is cheap, genuine and quite good, and is a block from the Jake. I doubt they're open on Sunday, but really don't know for sure. Phnom Penh and the other places in Ohio City are LESS than 5 minutes by cab -- it's just over the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. You could even walk it, and have a nice view of the flats, but it would take you about 15 minutes. I wish I could tell you that there are wonderful options in an easy walk from the Jake, but as I said before, there are lots of expensive places, tourist traps, or both. (Juniper Grill is not open on Sunday, and is probably not open for dinner on Saturday, but I highly recommend it for breakfast or lunch, and it is an easy walk from the Jake).

                              2. michellev RE: hungrymannyc Aug 1, 2007 10:56 AM

                                Welcome to Cleveland! I absolutely agree with all the suggestions for PP - roght next to West Side Market and simply fabulous! You should aslo go the happy hour route. Lolita, Flying Fog and Momocho have the best ones - you can leave totally full for less than $20. It's a quick cab ride, but so worth it. Also, be sure to check out Lucky's Cafe in Tremont for breakfast. This should be on your must-dine list. It's on Starkweather and is the best breakfast in town. Awesome little coffee show/cafe. Enjoy!

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: michellev
                                  a
                                  ATYOUNG RE: michellev Aug 21, 2007 04:33 PM

                                  Michelle - I couldn't agree with you more about Lucky's, especially the brunch on Saturday and Sunday - off the chart!

                                2. crown1kans RE: hungrymannyc Oct 24, 2007 06:46 AM

                                  Places I've found while there on business include:
                                  Fat Fish Blue *****
                                  House of Blues ***
                                  Harry Buffalo ****
                                  These are all downtown and not only great food but a great atmosphere.

                                  Show Hidden Posts