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Nov 4, 2010 11:59 AM

Thanksgiving in Cleveland

Looking for a nice place to take my parents. When I'm in town we usually wind up at Moxie, which is always nice, but i'd love to try something. Any suggestions for the East Side or downtown?

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  1. I've heard rumors of Thanksgiving meals being available from Fire and Dante - don't know if those are take-out or dine in.

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    1. re: NancyH

      I don't remember fire doing this in years past, but I have also heard that they'll be selling Thanksgiving dinners. I'd be very surprised if they offered a dine in option. Moxie, for instance, doesn't, right? I've had take-out holiday meals from Dante and from Moxie and in those years, the only option was take-out. Dante's was very traditional and it was all fantastic.

      In any case, I think OP isn't looking for restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving DAY, just for good restaurants during her Thanksgiving visit. If your parents enjoyed Moxie, I'm sure they'll like fire food and drink. It's a good restaurant and I think their clientele overlap substantially. You can browse the archives for more detailed comments regarding fire.

      If you are looking for restaurants open on Thanksgiving day then let us know. I'm sure I can think of a few. If you're looking for Thanksgiving food, then I would recommend Dante and maybe some others. If you're looking for dine-in Thanksgiving food then I'm not sure I'd have anything to offer, but perhaps someone else would.

      Fire Food & Drink
      13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

      1. re: stuart

        Hi, OP here,

        Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm definitely looking for restaurants that will be open and serving on Thanksgiving.

        1. re: Gretchen

          I was thrown because you mentioned Moxie. I guess you meant that you usually wind up at Moxie on days near Thanksgiving but that this year you'd like a restaurant that's open ON Thanksgiving.

          Anyway, that excludes all of the suggestions so far in this thread as far as I know. Moxie, fire and Dante have been closed in past years on Thanksgiving.

          There aren't a lot of choices. AMP 150, Sans Souci, Table 45 and Muse are all hotel restaurants and they'll all be open on Thanksgiving. AMP 150 and Table 45 are darlings of the local food scene. AMP 150 is devoted to sourcing local products and they're also very ambitious about making everything from scratch. I've had some good food there, including some very good desserts.

          Several Asian restaurants will be open. I'm a fan of Siam Cafe. They'll be open and probably packed. Korean House may also be open.

          If I didn't have anywhere to go, I'd probably end up at Siam Cafe or Bar Cento. Bar Cento is Italian-ish. They also cook with local, quality ingredients. There's a papardelle dish on the menu that I really like. (Not house made pasta, but still good). Their salads are all very good - very lightly dressed to highlight the quality produce. Their french fries are realiably delicious. If there's still a hanger steak dish on the menu, that was excellent when I had it a while ago. In past years, they've been open on Thanksgiving, but I had to learn the hard way that they don't open until 8pm.

          Bar Cento
          1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

          Table 45
          9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

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

          1. re: stuart

            Thanks, Stuart! Looks like the West Side is still having most of the culinary fun.

            I made reservations for us at Table 45, will try to hit up some of the rest of the scene while i'm in town for the long weekend and mom and dad are sound asleep in their respective easy chairs...

            Table 45
            9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

    2. John Q's, which is right on public square, does a nice job. Last year, we went to Claddagh Irish Pub at Legacy Village and they had a nice buffet, which was way less expensive than John Q's. I haven't seen an advertisement for either restaurant yet, but John Q's does mention the Thanksgiving buffet on their website. I would imagine that the restaurants open on Thanksgiving will have ads in the Plain Dealer this coming Friday.