Visiting cleveland with 13 year old son!
I am visiting Cleveland in the next few weeks with my 13 year old son; he's a basic meat and potatoes guy, as you might imagine, but Dad has more adventurous tastes. I was hoping to get a recommendation for a few restaurants in or accessible to the downtown area; some informal and some more upscale. I have looked at the replies to Movieguy's January post, including the replies from rockandroller1 and crowsonguy; anyone have updates? Also, is Great Lakes Brewing Company any good?
I have not been happy with the food at GLBC the past few years, but I have not been lately.
Greenhouse Tavern has some wonderful choices - and one of the best burgers in town that would surely satisfy the 13 yo. Dad should have the clams in foie gras sauce. It is right downtown.
The Greenhouse Tavern
2038 E 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115
I highly recommend Sokolowski's University Inn. Anthony Bourdain went there during his Cleveland episode. The stuffed cabbage is to die for; best I've ever, ever had and my family is German (and my husband's is Polish/Slovak)! The pierogi were fantastic, too. Make sure you get the onion sauce that goes with it. Very, very good, and they give you HUGE portions. Very informal, cafeteria-style.
Sokolowski's University Inn
1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
jb one more thing about SOKOLOWSKIS that will most certainly impress your 13 year old. they have their own sodas and some are unusual too -- here's his chance to try a green apple soda. don't miss them on the cafeteria style tray line. also, there is a good view of downtown cleveland behind the restaurant too.
For a more upscale suggestion, I would recommend CROP. I was just there last night and it was wonderful. There were ribs with coleslaw and cheddar mashed potaotes that sounded like something a kid would enjoy. I tasted the chicken fried chicken with waffle and maple syrup and I think that is another dish your son might enjoy. One of the appetizers was popcorn with balsamic vinegar that was simply delicious and deviled eggs that were divine as well. They are open at lunch as well. They have a very inventive and delicous cocktail menu as well.
Another place is Brasa grill. It is a Brazillian steak house. I have taken my children there and they LOVE it. It is fun and a good place to take a meat eater. They have a very nice salad bar plus more (cocktail shrimp and some hot dishes) and then they bring over 10 kinds of cuts of meats to your table. Sausage, ham, filet, chicken legs, turkey wrapped in bacon, flank steak, etc. I think your son would really like it. They also serve my favorite drink a caparina (not sure i spelled that right) but it is made with cachaca a brazillian alcohol. Yum!