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schaf1 Sep 30, 2011 05:47 AM

Spouse & I will be spending 3 nights in Cleveland staying at the Renaissance. Recs for great chow at good prices are sincerely appreciated. Italian is preferred by spouse. We will have a car, but not a lot of time to travel. Are Michael Symon's restaurants worth the $?

Thanks much.

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    janbo19 Oct 3, 2011 11:07 AM

    Yes, MS's restaurants are worth it. Even moreso, if you go to lunch. There are some nice menu choices at lunchtime. From the Renaissance, you can go to either steakhouse (Hyde Park or Morton's ) at happy hour and get some great bites and sips for $5-6 ea.

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      schaf1 Oct 4, 2011 03:18 AM

      Thanks for all of your suggestions 'hounders. We'll enjoy checking out some of them!

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      rxscribbler Oct 1, 2011 07:40 PM

      Yes, Micheal Symon's Lolita in Tremont is definitely worth a visit and the food is reasonably priced. The mac and cheese there is among the best I've ever had. Dante in Tremont (just down the street from Lolita) is also fantastic. Flying Fig (in Ohio City) and Parallax (for sushi) are also incredible. Skip Fahrenheit; it's overrated but do try Fat Cats in Tremont...a plus is a great view of downtown skyline.

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      Flying Fig
      2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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

      1. rockandroller1 Sep 30, 2011 10:56 AM

        I highly recommend Chinato as mentioned below. Lola is fantastic and also worth a visit though not cheap and reservations both places are really recommeneded. Neither are cheap for dinner but both are great values for lunch considering the quality of the food. The B-spot, Michael Symon's burger chains, are fantastic food and a great value for custom-ground beef, fresh made fries, lots of tasty to be had. There are locations W, SW and E of downtown so just pick whatever is closest. Cheap is best had at lunch or by sticking to diners, dives and stick to the rib kind of places. Tremont, about 5 mins drive from downtown, has a variety of great restaurants in a different price points. Very few I would not recommend in Tremont, including Istanbull Grill for turkish, Ty Fun for Thai, Parallax for Fish, Farenheit, Lolita, Dante, all good places.

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        Chinato
        E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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          gourmanda Sep 30, 2011 06:40 AM

          IMO, I love what M.S. has done for the city but I am not a fan of his Lolita (nor it's former incarnation as Lola). I'm not so meat-centric and the service was less than impressive. Have not been to the new Lola so will leave others to comment on that.
          West 25th street has had a renaissance of it's own. . .Bier Market/Bar Cento for casual, great food. Marlin Kaplan's Dragonfly, the new Market Garden (same ownership as Bier Market), Flying Fig is pricier but worthwhile. Crop Bistro is set to open soon; Light Bistro is near W. 25th at 28th and Bridge. Closer to your hotel is Marlin Kaplan's Chinato and I would argue that any of his ventures is an absolute must. He is a true genius in the kitchen; our favorite is Parallax in Tremont (also not too far/maybe 12 minutes from your hotel)--it's seafood-centric but not exclusive. It is not low-priced, however I think it's good value. Thai Fun in Tremont is also of good value and lower price. Luxe on Detroit and about 56th is also well priced, IMO and offers a lot of small plates for sharing. Love the vibe there.
          Welcome to our city. I hope you enjoy your stay!

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          Flying Fig
          2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

          Light Bistro
          2801 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

          Crop Bistro & Bar
          1400 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

          Chinato
          E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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            kathrynanne Oct 10, 2011 01:31 PM

            I agree with a lot of your recs, but to clarify Chinato is A Zack Bruell restaurant, along with Table 45, Parralax, and L'Albatros. Marlin Kaplin is currently involved with Dragonfly Lounge and Luxe, both of which, are also great!

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            Table 45
            9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

            Chinato
            E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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              stuart Oct 10, 2011 06:33 PM

              Didn't Greg MacLaren take over at Luxe? I thought Kaplan's been out for a long time.

              oh... I like Bar Cento. fries, potato pizza, sunnyside pizza, meat board...

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

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                gourmanda Oct 11, 2011 07:25 AM

                You are 100% correct and I mis-typed. Zack Bruell & Marlin Kaplan, two distinct people both with great restaurants but Chinato is indeed Zack's. Thanks for catching my error!

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                Chinato
                E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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