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byrd Aug 12, 2010 05:57 AM

19th through the 24th => where's the good eats?

  1. byrd Aug 25, 2010 09:16 AM

    Thanks everyone. Ended up going to Nates for falafel and schwarma, then raided West Side Market (3 slats of figs went by the wayside, great lamb among other goodies) and my family and I just cooked up a storm.

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    West Side Market
    1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH

    1. s
      silver medal Aug 20, 2010 02:27 PM

      1) Go to Mister Brisket--2156 S. Taylor Rd--Cleveland Hts--44118. It's a butcher shop specializing in USDA Prime meat with great sandwiches on premises--corned beef, pastrami, roasted and barbecued brisket. Have lunch there (no place to sit but you can stand at the counter).

      2) Ask Mister Brisket where to go next. He'll steer you right.

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      Mister Brisket
      2156 S Taylor Rd, Cleveland, OH

      1. c
        crw77 Aug 19, 2010 05:01 PM

        I'm not from Cleveland, and I haven't eaten there in a while, but I did like Corky and Lenny's deli.

        Liked it better than Carnegie Deli, in fact.

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        1. re: crw77
          NancyH Aug 24, 2010 08:44 AM

          Personally, I'd skip C&L. For corned beef and pastrami - Mister Brisket is first on my list, followed by Slyman's. For more Jewish Deli type food, the best we have is Jack's, which is ok, but not superb.

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          Slyman's Restaurant
          3106 Saint Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

          Mister Brisket
          2156 S Taylor Rd, Cleveland, OH

        2. m
          mrnyc Aug 17, 2010 02:00 AM

          if you want to go head to head/cle vs ny old school style -- then go to johnnys on fulton;

          http://www.johnnyscleveland.com/johnn...

          1. byrd Aug 15, 2010 08:58 AM

            How about arabic/middle eastern?

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            1. re: byrd
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              gort Aug 16, 2010 10:20 AM

              Nate's Deli on W.25th and Anatolia Cafe on Lee Road (Turkish).

              1. re: gort
                NancyH Aug 16, 2010 12:04 PM

                Also - two new Turkish places recently opened; I've not been to either and don't know their names - one is in Tremont and one is in Avon.

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                  stuart Aug 16, 2010 10:59 PM

                  Istanbul Grill is in Tremont and Dervish is in Avon

                  http://www.dervishgrill.com/
                  http://grillistanbul.com/

                  I also noticed at least one new falafel place (Frank's - Detroit Shoreway are) a Lebanese restaurant (Middle East Grille in Shaker) and a "Middle Eastern" restaurant (Zdara on W9th).

                  http://www.zdara.com/Home.html
                  http://middleeastgrille.com/

                  That's a lot of activity. Hopefully Cleveland will end up with something to show for it. In the mean time, I miss Tiki's 2 Go and Abba's. I didn't appreciate them while they were around, but there was some pretty decent food to be had at those places.

                  1. re: stuart
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                    asthmaticeog Aug 22, 2010 07:41 PM

                    Istanbul in Tremont is wonderful, I've had two very fine meals there. I'm told that it sports the chef from the original Anatolia, before the plaza it lived in got torn down. I have many friends who've tried Frank's on W65, and they all report the exact same thing - good falafel, punitively long wait for it.

            2. uhockey Aug 12, 2010 03:17 PM

              Crop
              Melt
              Greenhouse Tavern

              http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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

              1. NancyH Aug 12, 2010 03:12 PM

                There are so many great eats in Cleveland!

                Second both fire and Greenhouse Tavern as great eats. West Side Market's Maha makes awesome falafel to order, there is also a Scottish food stand that is supposed to be very good, and Cambodian (Kim Se). The Creperie also has fabulous, fresh food; the brisket, egg and cheese crepe I had a few weeks ago was awesome. I'd skip the gyro place featured on Man vs. Food - they don't make their own cone.

                If you are looking for a mad food scientist at work - run, don't walk, to Crop. Chef Steve Schimoler grew up down the road from me on Long Island, and came to Cleveland as a food scientist. He now practices the art of creative, fresh, local and tasty food creation in the Warehouse District; he'll be moving to Ohio City in October, but you should be fine for your visit. The Sunday Supper is the best culinary value in town.

                Koko Bakery in Asiatown (www.clevelandasiatown.com) has a fabulous selection of freshly baked treats with unusual combinations and ingredients and some that are just plain fun. Think slightly sweet dough with bechemel sauce and bacon, in addition to the usual BBQ Pork and Egg Custard Buns (though they do the best Custard Bun or Dan Tak I've ever tasted). Last I was in NYC Chinatown, there were no bakeries like this (I still mourn that great bakery that sold banana soft cake - long gone from Mott Street).

                We also have excellent Cambodian food, right next to the West Side Market and a sister place on Lorain Rd. called Phnom Penh. Though I know a couple of Cambodian restaurants have opened in NYC in recent years, I was not impressed by Kampuchea.

                Try to catch up with the Dim and Den Sum food truck; you can find them on Facebook or Twitter to learn where they'll be. Eclectic, freshly made food at cheap prices.

                Momocho features made-to-order guacamole and fresh creative nuevo latino flavors. Momocho is located in Ohio City (near the West Side Market). Also in Ohio City are The Flying Fig (across from Great Lakes Brewing Company - stop there for a great beer, but go across the street to the Fig for a great meal), and Light Bistro, where Chef Matt Matthlage is creating some beautiful food and small plates and tastings are available.

                I am a big fan of all of Iron Chef Michael Symon's restaurants. Lola is a bigger ticket and the flagship downtown, and the food and experience are, well, bigger. Lolita is Lola's little sister in Tremont, "smaller" food, authentic Neapolitan style pizza, bone marrow and pork fat (Tuesday is a weekly pig roast that rocks). Bar Symon is about 45 minutes west of Cleveland, and "Chaty" Matty Harlan runs the kitchen there in a much more casual atmosphere than the other two restaurants. Still great food, though I don't get there much because I live on the east side. Finally, B Spot in Woodmere has outstanding burgers, and onion rings, chips and fries fried in pork fat, and fried bologna sandwiches, and a killer vanilla bean, apple pie & bacon milkshake - its just all good!

                Can't mention Tremont without recommending Dante. Dante Boccuzzi worked in NY under Nobu and for Charlie Palmer at Aureole - his food is fabulous! Multiple portion sizes at modest prices allow you to taste a lot of different things (or do a tasting menu if you like them). Freshly made pasta, meats, fish/seafood - it's all good. House made charcuterie (Lolita also has this).

                Other great places to stop in Tremont include Fahrenheit (bacon as a bar snack - really!), Parallax, and Ty Fun.

                A little further away from the city, Chef Ellis Cooley is making (and growing on the Marriot's premises) some fun food at AMP 150.

                No matter where you eat, if you enjoy cocktails, you MUST visit the Velvet Tango Room in Ohio City! There is no place like it - every ingredient in every drink (except the top shelf liquors) is crafted from scratch with love and the atmosphere has just the right amount of sophistication. Have a great trip and report back!

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                Lola
                2058 East 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

                Light Bistro
                2801 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

                Lolita
                900 Literary Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

                West Side Market
                1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH

                The Velvet Tango Rom
                Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio

                Phnom Penh
                1929 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

                Momocho
                1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

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

                Crop Bistro & Bar
                1400 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

                Koko Bakery
                3710 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH

                AMP 150
                4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135

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                1. re: NancyH
                  rockandroller1 Aug 14, 2010 04:39 PM

                  I pretty much echo all of NancyH's suggestions and add to that Chinato on E 4th downtown and L'Albatross in University Circle (a little E of downtown). Both are Zach Bruell restaurants with very different cuisine and really, really good food, the former Italian and the latter French.

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                  gort Aug 12, 2010 10:17 AM

                  It's hard to make recs without knowing your likes and dislikes, but here goes...Lately I can't get enough of the Greenhouse Tavern (it's on the pedestrianized East 4th Street strip downtown that also house Michael Symon's Lola). For a more lowbrow experience, albeit one with real character, get a couple of chili dogs at Steve's Lunch (5004 Lorain Avenue). It's where I take folks when they insist on a gritty Cleveland experience. Many people recommend Sokolowski's for a true taste of Cleveland, but I'm not a big fan. To me, it's Eastern European food at it's greasiest and blandest. If you want to do the Old Country thing, then I'd recommend Sterle's Slovenian Country House on East 55th instead. Another Cleveland standby: the West Side Market. It's not a greenmarket or an upscale showplace a la Pike Place or similar, but rather a functioning market with working-class roots and a lot of meat. Excellent bratwurst sandwiches are available and, oddly enough, great falafel.

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                  Sterle's Slovenian Country House
                  1401 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103

                  West Side Market
                  1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH

                  Steve's Lunch
                  5004 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

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

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                    stuart Aug 12, 2010 08:19 AM

                    Ok. I'll make sure nothing happens to New York while you're gone. I'll be there from the 18th through the 23rd.

                    For contemporary American food, I would recommend fire food and drink at Shaker Square. The hanger steak and lamb dishes are both worth trying. I haven't had the pork chop since they switched the sides for their Summer menu, but the chop itself is great and the sides sound wonderful. Besides those, fish and salads are pretty reliable here. I don't normally order the duck, chicken, strip, burger or pizza.

                    Is there any particular type of food you're looking for?

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                    1. re: stuart
                      byrd Aug 12, 2010 11:22 AM

                      i like everything....the funkier the better

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