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Aug 8, 2011 01:06 PM

Downtown Cleveland recs for a single


Hoping for some updated eating recs for a single woman that will be in walking distance to my hotel in downtown Cleveland.

I am from Chicago and will be in Cleveland for 1 week in September for a crash course and an exam. So I will be stressed, tired, and food will be my escape! I will be staying at a Marriott (Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown 527 Prospect Avenue East) for that time, and am looking for places in walking distance to eat while I am there. A short taxi ride for a great/special meal is a possibility.

Looking for casual places for some dinners during the week and/or take-out ethnic places. And then I would love a fabulous dinner or two to celebrate, as the exam and week winds down.

I love everything food-wise, although I have to admit a brazilian steakhouse or the popular Polish favorite in Cleveland doesn't appeal to me at the moment. New American, fusion, french, italian, tapas, absolutely any Asian or indian (but only if they are very good...). I used to live in San Francisco and my favorite restaurant was Canteen. And for a recent splurge in Chicago I ate at Alinea. But more often I am looking for the perfect french fry or a simple, tasty meal with fresh/high quality ingredients.

I am not shy about eating alone, and am happy to eat on a barstool. If there are places I should make reservations for (for my celebration dinner), let me know if that is an issue (likely Saturday night).

I may have a small kitchen in my room, so if there is a good grocery store nearby that would be helpful to know too.

It sounds like CROP will not be open when I am there, but that would have probably been high on my list.

Thanks for your time.

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  1. Well, you're super close to the numerous dining options on East Fourth. I haven't been to Noodlecat yet but it sounds like it would be up your alley. Plenty of celebration-worthy dining there at Greenhouse Tavern, Lola, and/or Chinato.

    For a greater selection of casual dining, you could walk or take the RTA (public train line aka "Rapid" but it is not actually rapid) one stop across the river to W 25th St. Bar Cento is good especially if you make it during happy hour-- nice beer selection and limited but very tasty menu. Alaturka has good Turkish but not my favorite ambiance-- might be better for take-out. I haven't been to Nate's Deli (Middle Eastern) but have heard great things.

    I would happily dine alone in any of these places! I hope you enjoy them and have some fun during what sounds like a pretty stressful visit.

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

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

    Nate's Deli & Restaurant
    1923 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

    E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

    1. I loved Lola the last time I was there. I noticed they have bar stools along the marble counter, which would be perfect for dining solo. Eating Lola's delicious food and staring at the gorgeous marble, I can't think of a better way to spend an evening in downtown Cleveland!

      1. You have a lot of great choices. During the weekday/daytime, many more places are open than at night for a quick bite to eat, but plenty of choices abound on E 4th street for nighttime. I dine solo there for lunch and occasionally for dinner all the time.

        Lunch places I recommend close by: Vincenza's pizza and pasta (GREAT pizza) - go out the Prospect side of your hotel, it's basically a stone's throw.

        On Euclid, the next street north of prospect, you have Noodlecat (still long waits here but moves quickly, it's new), Zoup and the recently opened sit-down place Pura Vida, which is right on public square. Just a couple doors down there is a vegan restaurant that serves REALLY good food called the Flaming Ice Cube. Note that there are other places here but I don't really recommend all of them.

        On E 4th, you have Saigon (mild thai and pho), Lola, the Greenhouse Tavern (GREAT for a solo diner at the bar, and a good place to get your perfect french fry), House of Blues and Chinato - Chinato is one of my fave restaurants in the city, I sit at the bar and eat there all the time. These places are all also open for dinner and I recommend them all, though obviously HOB is a chain.

        Across Euclid at E 4th is the Euclid Arcade. Great sandwich shop just inside called Presto, they do pressed sandwiches, soups and salads. Go down the steps into the arcade and there's a couple of decent takeout places in the arcade's food court - Greek Express (chicken kabob and spanakopita are good, thursdays they have cauliflower curry that's very good) and on the L is Lelolai bakery, which serves AWESOME authentic Cuban sandwiches and very good flan.

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

        Greek Express
        401 Euclid Ave Ste 51, Cleveland, OH 44114

        House of Blues
        308 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

        E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

        1. Many thanks!

          You guys are great. I am going to make reservations at Chinato and Lola, and will think about hitting Greenhouse Tavern for a perfect french fry if my budget can manage it.

          I also love the additional casual recommendations within walking distance. I will have lunch covered most days during my meeting/course (it will be crappy, but since I paid for it I will probably eat it), but will try to hit several of the local ones recommended for a cheaper dinner if they are still open. Would love a cuban sandwich, and pho and a good pizza slice.

          You guys are great mind-readers.

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

          E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

          2 Replies
          1. re: violin

            Many of the E. 4th street restaurants have great happy hour food and drink specials at their bars - check with the individual places for times and prices. Chinato also does a late happy hour (after 9pm?) and others may also.

            E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

            1. re: NancyH

              Not all E. 4th restaurants are created equal. If you do one thing - and only one thing - DO NOT GO TO ZOCOLO. The only people eating there are unsuspecting out-of-towners and....well......that's pretty much it.

          2. Yay, let us know how it goes. If you need anything else while in town, just drop us a line here.