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May 14, 2009 08:25 PM

Vegetarian in Cleveland?

My husband will be visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and other Cleveland spots) with his best friend, who is a vegetarian. Any recommendations for lunch or dinner places with decent vegetarian options? We would really appreciate having a clue!!

Thanks in advance.
Stephanie L.
(Brooklyn, NY)

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  1. I can't think of any really vegetarian friendly restaurants. Obviously, some types of restaurants are naturally better suited. Siam Cafe, for instance, has a couple amazing tofu dishes (which may be served with meat on top if you aren't careful).

    Aside from that, your best bests will be Cleveland's best restaurants which uniformly have some a couple token vegetarian dishes. fire, for instance had a delicious vegetarian dish on their winter menu. Their spring menu has a new dish and it sounds just as delicious - something with morels and tofu. I love morel mushrooms.

    Bar Cento has great Neapolitan style pizza. There's a nice ramp pizza on the menu and an arugula pizza (that I think has some pork product but could be excellent without, too). Of course, you can also choose your own exact combination of toppings.

    The falafel stand in the West Side market would be a nice veggie lunch. Your husband could have a bratwurst sandwich from one of the other market vendors.

    1. Plenty of great choices:

      Aladdin's -
      Mint -
      Tommy's -
      Tea House Noodles (E 6th street downtown:
      Waterstreet Grill (W 9th street DT):
      Empress Taytu (Ethiopian - DT) -
      Tastebuds: (E 30th, DT)
      Johnny Mango (Ohio City):
      Market Cafe & Wine Bar:
      Sweet Melissa's (west side):
      Ty Fun in Tremont:

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      1. re: rockandroller1

        It's been years, but I remember Tommy's being really good. Great spinach pies (more like fatayer than spanakopita).

      2. The Greenhouse Tavern has a vegetarian "special of the day" every day.

        The Greenhouse Tavern
        2038 E 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

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        1. re: NancyH

          Thanks for all the suggestions, chowhounds. You guys rock!.

        2. Since you're specifically visiting the Rock Hall, try Chrissie Hynde's place in Akron.

          1. I'm also from Brooklyn and 3 of us (including 1 vegan) are heading out to Cleveland this weekend to visit the rockhall and our niece. Found this post and am very grateful.

            Any other suggestions?

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            1. re: Mickey C

              I believe that Treehuggers Cafe is vegetarian (and they offer Vegan options also) - just met them at the Rock N Roll BBQ last week - really nice folks and beautiful food.