Cleveland, OH - The Food Really Rocks
What a great weekend! Thanks to all of the Cleveland Chowhounds that have posted some delicious recommendations and made my research easy as pie. We spent the weekend in a delightful B&B in the Ohio City neighborhood and had everything we wanted right at our fingertips! Here are a few things that made our trip memorable.
Bar Cento/Bier Markt - Delish. And very comfortable we actually stopped here twice. Once was just to take a break and sit on the patio for a glass of wine and share a pizza. Then we opted to introduce friends to the Bier Markt side while stopping between a wedding and full reception that provided a few hours of downtime. We shared several of their lovely pizzas and pomme frites with dipping sauces as a group. The Bianco (garlic, cheese and olive oil) and Apple & Prosciutto were my two personal favorites because of the sharp flavors, but all of the pizzas our group sampled were on a delightfully simple crust. And the pomme frites were much bigger than your average frites, which made them even more special. But so did covering them in sea salt, garlic and rosemary. The Bier Markt's beer options made the rest of our group quite happy, but I opted for a glass of wine. I think I just should have gone with the flow and ordered a beer. Lesson learned. Their beer list really is impressive and has some of my favorites, and so I'm not sure why I deviated from the group. http://barcento.com/menu/
Momocho - Tequila & guacamole. The combo has never steered me wrong and in this instance, we couldn't have been happier. We stopped for a an appetizer that turned into a few drinks and several appetizers because we couldn't bear to leave the patio! (Or the appetizers.) Momocho has a tequila list that reads like a personal ad for each different style and being a tequila novice, I opted to stick with a margarita. Those more experienced with tequila tastings could probably shed a little light on where we should have started, but in the end we were happiest with the food. (Surprise, surprise.) The vast options for guacamole left my significant other feeling a bit intimidated, but I was on cloud 9 and happily consented to the traditional guacamole because I knew that we the queso fundito on the way. And it was worth it. I love chorizo and this fulfilled that need for co-mingled cheese, meat and some veggies. Oh, and the guacamole came with a lovely pairing of fresh chunky pico that had just enough salt, lime and cilantro to help balance the richness of our other two choices. Heaven. We can't wait to go back and participate in a tequila tasting! http://www.momocho.com/home.php
Flying Fig - We only stopped for dessert and a coffee after Momocho because were so incredibly full, but was was the perfect way to cap off the night. We shared ice cream and cookies - two things we know very, very well! Our ice cream selections featured strawberry and cassis, fig, and dark chocolate cherry with cookie pairings. They were the perfect size servings and brought out the flavor in the cookies quite nicely. I wish we had been able to enjoy a full meal because their menu sounds superb. I'm sure we'll be back! http://www.theflyingfig.com/menu.html
Also, as a side note, our breakfasts were provided by our hosts at the Glendennis B&B in Ohio City. Our hosts specialized in breakfast breads and sweets so the mornings have a very lovely start to the day. We both enjoy our sweet treats morning, noon and night and were also quite spoiled by the fresh squeezed orange juice provided each morning. We probably could have done without the eggs, but I think that's because we have a very particular way of cooking eggs.
All in all, we ate until our little hearts and big stomachs were content! Thank you, Cleveland!