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Aug 26, 2010 12:09 PM

Please Help - Best Recommendations in Cleveland ??

I live in Boston and want to buy a dining certificate on for a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary. I don't know Cleveland area restaurants. It would be great if you could check the website for places in these areas: #3 downtown & vicinity, #5 south/southeast and #6 south/ southwest. I'm guessing they'd appreciate more straight-forward fare, i.e., American, Italian, French vs. sushi, etc. THANKS for your suggestions.

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  1. We bought a gift certificate for Johnny's on Fulton from and it was a great value. Johnny's is an old school place with some classic type dishes that are prepared extremely well. It's also pretty expensive and that gift certificate was a great deal. It seems it would be a good place for a couple celebrating their 50th.

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    1. re: panzerschlep

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'll go to the website and check it out.

    2. I don't mean to be indelicate, but the vast majority of places on there are nowhere near nice enough for a 50th anniversary GC, Johnny's being the sole exception. And personally, I think Johnny's has kind of a stuffy, old boys club atmosphere, though the food is decent. If they're not those kinds of people, they might not be comfortable at Johnny's.

      If you want to give them a gift, why not open up more choices by not trying to go cheap by getting it with an online discount? Couldn't you just buy an actual GC to a good restaurant directly? Spending less money on the GC so that they have some better choices would, IMO, be better than looking for a bargain.

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      1. re: rockandroller1

        I understand your point of view. To clarify - this couple is having a gathering of friends at their home to celebrate the actual anniversary in Sept. The certificate is a gift gesture for them to use at another time.
        They are not stuffy / club folks... more practical / down home folks... I met them walking their dog in the park in Parma. I don't know them that well, see them once a year, and I was looking at as a less expensive alternative for my budget. But I wouldn't want to buy a $25 certificate at Johnny's and the food be so expensive that they end up with a big bill.
        Would you suggest a few great food / good value restaurants that are not on ?

        1. re: Pam981

          How about for a breakfast place? $ goes a little further at breakfast. Maybe Lucky's or Grumpy's, which are both good breakfast places in tremont? I'd suggest something in the parma area but I'm not too far from parma myself and have yet to find any decent breakfast places around here.

      2. I see a few that would work out OK: Giovanni's, La Dolce Vita, Mallorca, Sushi Rock. And that's only on the first page. The website does not usually let me see what's on subsequent pp.

        1390 W 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

        Dolce Vita Restaurant
        17780 Fort St, Wyandotte, MI 48193

        Sushi Rock
        2101 Richmond Rd Ste G1, Cleveland, OH 44122