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Apr 9, 2008 07:31 PM

Farm-to-table in Cleveland or Cleveland area

I have to fly into Cleveland last minute this weekend and might be able to go out to dinner one of the nights. Any particularly good farm-to-table restaurants in town? I haven't lived in C-town for about 10 yrs and haven't visited for about 2 yrs. There used to be a place in North Royalton (!) but I can't remember the name.

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  1. I see Chef Mathlage (Light Bistro), Chef Small (Flying Fig) and Chef Katz (fire food and drink) at the farmers market. The Fig was recently named in a Saveur article about the best farm to table restaurants in the country. With Chef Katz, she's among the regions most visible supporters of local agriculture. I may not see Chef Sawyer at the farmers market but I can still vouch for his dedication to sourcing local ingredients. Bar Cento's menu is full of items that are grown or produced locally.

    fire and Bar Cento are two of my favorite restaurants in the area. If you go to fire, I suggest the pork chop even though I suspect that's one thing that may not be from a local farm. Bar Cento's menu changes so frequently that it's hard to recommend anything. Their lamb steak appetizer was incredible and I hope it's half as good now that they're using shoulder in the same preparation. They had a lamb with goat cheese dish that was great. I can't remember whether it's still available.

    Fire Food & Drink
    13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

    Bar Cento
    1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

    1. Try Crop (on W. 6th St. in downtown) or Fire (Shaker Square). Both are very good farm to table restaurants in Cleveland. A new one will be opening up by the end of the summer on E. 4th St. downtown.