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kwfoodiewannabe Aug 21, 2011 05:44 PM

Hey fellow CHers; planning a road trip to the Rock and Roll Hall, etc.; looking for a great lunch spot (something quintessentially Cleveland?). Arriving on a Thursday early afternoon, shopping, Rock and Roll Hall on Friday.

Where should we grab lunch Thursday upon arrival? (nothing too heavy; we need energy for shopping).

Thanks!

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    Kelli2006 Aug 21, 2011 07:16 PM

    The corned beef sandwiches at Slymans are very Cleveland and it isn't far from the RoRHOF but I wouldn't recommend walking there from the lots on the shore-way or the garage on 9th.

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

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      luciaannek Aug 22, 2011 12:36 PM

      Sokolowskis, one of the great bastions of Polish American food. Cafeteria style. Awesome.

      Hot Sauce Williams, soul food, fried chicken, ribs etc.

      Or just go to one of the falafel places in the West Side Market. Or anywhere in the West Side Market.

      Melt is a well regarded grilled cheese place. Never been but I've heard a lot of good things.

      Any Mike Symon restaurant won't disappoint, but for lunch they might be expensive.

      Viva la Cleveland.

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

      Hot Sauce Williams
      12310 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

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        Kelli2006 Aug 22, 2011 04:09 PM

        I thought about the market but KWfoodie' said that she wants recommendation for a Thursday, when the market isn't open.

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          kwfoodiewannabe Aug 23, 2011 04:51 AM

          Thanks for the recs thus far... BTW... KW foodie, etc. is a guy.

          Any thoughts on B Spot burgers?

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          B Spot
          28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

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            haveapeach Aug 23, 2011 05:45 AM

            I like B Spot but it doesn't really fall into the "eat light" category! I have really enjoyed all my burgers and sandwiches there (esp Lola burger, pulled pork sandwich, and new school fried bologna). The rosemary fries should be great too but I've had a couple of visits there when they were sub-par (kitchen was pretty busy-- you should probably be fine on Thursday lunchtime). The deal there is that you order starters and entrees, and the server brings it to your table all at once-- trying to streamline the kitchen process, I guess. That said, the service is usually quite good and I have never felt rushed to leave.

            The price is right, so if you are a Michael Symon fan then definitely go. I've only been to the East side (Woodmere) location so can't speak for the newer ones.

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            B Spot
            28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

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              Kelli2006 Aug 23, 2011 12:22 PM

              Oops. Im very sorry about the gender change. :(

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                antimony Aug 23, 2011 12:36 PM

                The meat-eaters I know all love B-Spot. It's a bit of a hike out from downtown, though, so depending on where you're going shopping it may not be ideal.

                Other options -- Melt is fabulous. Two locations -- I've only been to the Cleveland Heights one myself.

                Neither are light, though. Tommy's on Coventry is also a local institution, and can be light if you order the lighter things, but I usually don't. It's like an old-school diner with a lot of vegetarian options (but it's not all-veggie).

                Though really, you're not going to find "light" and "quintessentially Cleveland" anywhere in the same sentence.

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                  kwfoodiewannabe Aug 23, 2011 10:22 PM

                  Thanks to all re: recs so far and I completely understand re: light and Cleveland not being totally compatible! (I probably overstated the "light" thing a bit anyway...)

                  That being said, I guess we'll have to try to walk it off... B Spot location seems to work well with where we're heading. Would like to try Mike Symon (esque?) and Lola really doesn't work for us on Thurs... If B Spot burgers, etc, are worthwhile (as some have indicated) then that's just fine. Melt sounds cool and we may try to squeeze that in after the Hall on Fri.

                  Thanks Again!

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                  B Spot
                  28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

          2. uhockey Aug 24, 2011 03:10 AM

            Melt is the answer. Get there by the time they open and you'll have minimal/no wait. It is definitely worth the visit.

            http://endoedibles.com

            1. rockandroller1 Aug 24, 2011 01:06 PM

              I guess it depends on where you're staying but if it's downtown, I would recommend the Greenhouse Tavern for lunch. It's awesome. Lola for lunch is very reasonably priced and tasty. Sit at the bar for quick/informal service. Slyman's, Melt and B-spot are very heavy eating and Melt takes about 3 hours start to finish because of the wait times for tables and food. I'd recommend Tremont Tap House ahead of those, Farenheit, also in Tremont, does fabulous pizzas that are great and light, Dante and Lolita are excellent choices for dinner as well. Fat Cats, also in Tremont, does a great lunch.

              If you post where you are shopping, I can make some recs for right around there, assuming it's not downtown (Tremont is about 5 mins from downtown, very close).

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

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

              Fat Cats
              2061 W 10th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

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                kwfoodiewannabe Aug 25, 2011 10:06 AM

                Thanks again to all. Staying and shopping in suburbia, so downtown is not that convenient. That said, we might just have to detour over to Lola for lunch/dinner one night and experience the best(?) Cleveland has to offer. We are going to the R and R Hall on Fri so that is a possibilty... any MUST haves on Lola's menu?

                Wait times at MELT are scaring me, so we will probably wind up at B Spot for Thurs. lunch.

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                B Spot
                28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

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                  rockandroller1 Aug 25, 2011 12:54 PM

                  Let us know generally which part of suburbia, we have some great indies in almost all our suburbs and can guide you to some good eats!

                  I would say the beef cheek pierogi app is a must-have on Lola's menu. I largely eat there for lunch because it's affordable, and the house-made bologna sandwich (with fried egg, on an eng muffin with stone ground mustard) is FANTASTIC. Comes with the unbeatable Lola fries. Thin, crisp, seasoned with rosemary.

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                    gourmanda Aug 29, 2011 01:07 PM

                    IMO Melt is not all it's cracked up to be. The sandwiches use gigantic slices of bread in which the filling gets lost. We actually got in w/o a wait but, eh, would not go there again even if it was free.
                    And I wouldn't say that Lola is necessarily the best in town. We have some seriously great restaurants. Check out any of Zach Bruell's places (L'Albatross, Chinato, Parallax; the first two get raves though I've not been, Parallax is one my favorites. Not sure which side of town but if it's West then Players on Madison is a great choice. Blue Point Grill, Salmon Dave's. . .I'm not knocking M. Symon, he's been great for our city!, just saying that Lola has excellent company in the great restaurant department.

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                    Salmon Dave's
                    19015 Lake Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

                    Chinato
                    E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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                      kwfoodiewannabe Sep 1, 2011 08:49 AM

                      Thanks again to all for the great suggestions!

                      Trip has been delayed until Mid Sept.

                      Driving in thurs for lunch and depending on the timing, we may just try to hit Melt as it opens (and avoid a crazy wait) I've heard too many good things to ignore... If we are too late, I guess B Spot makes sense since we won't be up for 2 hr. lunch wait coming off the road.... Staying in (east?) end (Hilton - Beta Dr.) and looking to do some shopping (Nordstrom Rack, Steinmart, etc) which appear to be reasonably close. Rock N' Roll H of F on Friday and dinner at Lola (I think I have to while I'm in CLE) Thanks rockandroller will definetly try the beef cheek pierogi... gourmanda, you do not appear to be a fan of MELT, so given our general vicinity (and Lola Fri night dinner) would you recommend B Spot for thurs lunch? Or somewhere else close by?

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                      B Spot
                      28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

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                        haveapeach Sep 1, 2011 09:15 AM

                        Obviously I'm not gourmanda, but I'll put in a vote for B Spot over Melt. Forget about the wait times and whether it is acceptable for you to go to two Michael Symon eateries in two days.... I just enjoy the food at B Spot more. The burgers are executed really well in terms of texture & flavor combinations-- really interesting and fun to eat. At Melt, I feel like the sandwiches are more of a novelty-- let's see how much we can put on grilled cheese and still have it taste good! While that is entertaining, especially the first time you visit, I find that I don't have the craving to go back like I do with B Spot.

                        Honestly I think whichever you choose will be fine for lunch. If it were me, I'd do B Spot. Then tell the folks at Lola that you're doing a Michael Symon tour during your visit and see if you can get any special treatment. :)

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                        B Spot
                        28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

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                          uhockey Sep 1, 2011 11:47 AM

                          ....."see if you can get any special treatment"

                          I'm pretty sure chowhound is against such angles as it makes the review/reviewer an atypical experience.

                          http://endoedibles.com

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                            haveapeach Sep 1, 2011 12:32 PM

                            Hm, sorry for any misunderstanding. The :) that you neglected to quote from the end of my sentence was intended to give a "J/K" kind of feel, since I imagine that the good folks at Lola hear that sort of thing pretty often. Plus Lola doesn't need to go out of its way to impress anyone with comps!

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                              uhockey Sep 1, 2011 01:04 PM

                              ....it might have helped in my case. Was not at all impressed compared to Greenhouse Tavern, Melt, or (especially) Crop.

                              http://endoedibles.com

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

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                                kwfoodiewannabe Sep 2, 2011 01:22 PM

                                uhockey...thanks for your insights and enjoyed reading your blog. Re: Crop, it sounds interesting, but I can't seem to find a menu anywhere? Plus, it appears that they do not open until "early fall"? Have you tried the tasting menu there? I get locally sourced, etc. but could you describe the style of cooking? Or perhaps an example of dishes you've enjoyed?

                                Also curious re: Greenhouse Tavern. What did you like?

                                haveapeach, thank you for your comments. Rest assured they were taken in the context you intended, and much appreciated.

                                Best to all!

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

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                                  rockandroller1 Sep 6, 2011 07:25 AM

                                  Crop is closed right now as they have relocated to a new space. The space is fabulous and almost done but the restaurant has not yet reopened.

                                  I too am one who would vote for B-spot over Melt for taste and quality of food, not to mention enjoyability of your visit. Waiting an hour for your food to arrive is tough even in a cool restaurant. You almost have to go when you're not yet hungry.

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                    uhockey Aug 25, 2011 02:28 PM

                    We got to Melt 5 minutes before they opened, had a leisurely meal, and were out the door in 75 minutes.

                    http://endoedibles.com

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                      gort Sep 6, 2011 07:20 AM

                      I love Melt for many reasons, but it wouldn't be my first choice if time is an issue. On our last visit to the Cleveland Heights location, we were also in and out in about an hour and 15 minutes with no wait for a table. However, at least 40 minutes was spent just waiting for the food to arrive. At B-Spot, you can easily be in and out in under an hour if you don't have to wait for a table. That said, you're not going to go wrong at either place. I'd recommend trying a burger as well as grilled cheese at Melt, and at B-Spot you shouldn't overlook the fried baloney sandwich.

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                        haveapeach Sep 6, 2011 08:16 AM

                        --or the pulled pork! Especially if you want to take advantage of the pickle bar.

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