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Near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [Cleveland]

On our way to New York, we've planned an overnight in Clevelenad to check out at least a bit of the R&RHOF. Any foodie suggestions for dinner near it?

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  1. How near does it have to be? Rental car/cab/public transit?

    Bar Cento is my favorite restaurant in Cleveland. It's about two miles from the Rock Hall. The flank steak is fantastic. Meat board. All of the salads. Sunnyside pizza (egg/pancetta ). Potato (pancetta) pizza. Best french fries in the city.

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

    1. the Flats has everything you need foodwise and bar wise too
      ask anyone once at the rock and roll hall of fame, they´ll direct you
      short cab ride

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      1. re: iL Divo

        Can you be more specific? I can't really think of anything.

        Most Cleveland neighborhoods have restaurants that other hounds recommend but that I don't like. The flats? I can't remember anyone ever recommending anything there.

        1. re: stuart

          Really looking for a place with good food of whatever stripe. It's the start of a bit of vacation and we'd like to end the R&RHOF visit with a nice meal. We're wide open on cuisines and don't mind a short cab ride.

        2. re: iL Divo

          IL Divo is messing with you or hasn't been to the flats in AWHILE. It has some good party bars, a few dive joints that have a some good bar food when you want straight fried, but zero foodie spots nor nice areas currently

        3. I'll step it up, I am a hardcore Cleveland foodie. Let me know you price points/type of food you like and I can set you up. Off the top of my head best places downtown/Ohio City/Tremont that are can't miss spots are:

          Greenhouse Tavern, Chinato, or Lola on E. 4th downtown

          Momocho, The Flying Fig, or Bar Cento in Ohio City (Cento is pretty much just a bar)

          Fahrenheit, Lolita, or Lincoln Park Bistro in Tremont

          (Listed all in order of my opinion best to "worst" in each area, Greenhouse is prob best in CLE right now)

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          Flying Fig
          2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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

          Momocho
          1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

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

          Chinato
          E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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          1. re: ConfitMe

            These are great suggestions. We're foodies, so we're open to almost any cuisine. Thanks.

            1. re: MJF65782

              Agree with Confit but would add Parallax in Tremont to your list.

              1. re: daffodilly

                Also must add Dante to the Tremont list - Cleveland is blessed with so many amazing restaurants! Agree on skipping the flats.

          2. We will also be staying in Downtown (no car) in July, so I'm following this thread.
            Any place in the area for a good burger?
            Any places to avoid?

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            1. re: cavandre

              Would like anyone's views on Chinato. We have made reservations for this Saturday night - 4 adults, a toddler and a baby. Do you think we'll have a problem being with a toddler? Does anyone have experience in this resturant with small children? Also, is the restaurant busy on Saturday nights? We were able to get a reservation no problem which makes me wonder whether it's dead??

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              Chinato
              E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

              1. re: Niki1373

                Not dead, awesome place. The tongue appetizer is amazing, I get it every time. They have great pasta's, and if you like sushi they do a creative crudo platter. It's Zach Bruell's newest restaurant and its great... one more tip- sign in on foursquare while there and you get a free cocktail

              2. re: cavandre

                Cavandre - great burgers can be found at The Greenhouse Tavern, Moxie, fire (grass fed Aaron Miller beef is outstanding) and my personal favorite, Michael Symon's B Spot.

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

                Moxie Restaurant
                3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

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

                B Spot
                28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

                1. re: NancyH

                  If you're downtown and you want to stay down there for a burger, I'd probably go to Greenhouse Tavern.

                  If you were willing to take a short cab ride across the river to W. 25th , there's always something for everyone at Bar Cento, the newly opened Market Garden that looks excellent (I haven't been, yet), Flying Fig, and for a burger Heck's Cafe. Most people don't care to walk over the bridge, but I love the bridge itself and the view of the city. On a summer day? That's how I'd do it.

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                  Flying Fig
                  2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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

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

                  1. re: ladybugthepug

                    We're staying at the Hampton Inn on 9th & won't get there before 9pm. I was hoping to find something close by for a quick bite. Doesn't have to be a burger, but I don't think we're going to want a big multi-course meal at that time.

                    1. re: cavandre

                      I think your best bet, based on the above, is East 4th Street - it's a short walk (or shorter cab ride) from your hotel, and you can get a great burger at GHT with casual atmosphere and service even late. There is nothing great on 9th Street, unfortunately.

                      If you are visiting after mid-July, you might enjoy Noodlecat (also owned by GHT principal Jon Sawyer) which will open around July 15, and feature noodles in a Tampopo-type setting.

                      1. re: NancyH

                        I'm planning to stay downtown in Cleveland, at the Hyatt, from Saturday night (the 16th) to early Tuesday morning (the 19th). How much of this would be reasonably accessible on transit--train or bus?