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We'll be staying in Lakewood the weekend before Halloween. Arriving Friday and staying through Monday morning. We need breakfast recs for Lakewood and a lunch place near the R&R Hall of Fame (or some place that won't require waiting in line for an hour...) and one nice dinner place and one other possibly ethnic place for dinner. We are very open minded and will eat just about anything good. We recently went to West side Mkt and are thinking of doing that for lunch Friday. We had the crepes last time and ,I at least, felt they were not worth the hype - any must haves there? Also
1) Lola - still worth a trip?
2) Always looking for good Italian. Chinato?
3) Would Bar Cento be a good prospect for Saturday Lunch as a break from R&R HoF? Or would that be the time to do Lola for lunch?
4)For ethnic - Vietnamese or Chinese (dim sum?)
5) Is Sokolowsis a must do Cleveland resto?
We will have a car, so we can be mobile.
Thanks

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

Chinato
E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

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    1. Bar Cento is great. Get French fries, potato pizza, sunnyside pizza, meat board, a salad...

      For ethnic, may I recommend Lebanese? Kabab G is great. Get a salad, some hummus and the beef kabobs. Assad's has awesome sandwiches, but it's not really a restaurant. It's a market with one sad little table.

      Siam Cafe is a very good option for Chinese. Many of the noodle soups are particularly good: beef noodle with shrimp dumplings or chicken, for instance. If you've got a large group, then the ham hock is great. Salt baked shrimp. Braised tofu or fried tofu.

      And if you're determined to go with Vietnamese, then Siam Cafe is still a great option. Char broiled beef, chicken chop, pork chop. The rice is better at other Vietnamese restaurants, but the chicken and pork are better at Siam. It's a shame.

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

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      1. re: stuart

        Thanks Stuart. Sounds like we need to get to Bar Cento. Lebanese is a good rec. I am going to check out the Siam menu online.

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

      2. Bar Cento does a great job, but I don't think they do lunch. Directly accross from the street a block from the Market is Phom Phen who do a great job that would entice your ethic interests. Also Mihn An, a short drive west on Detroit Road from the Market do the best fried egg rolls I've ever had. Their portions to price ratio is great and I've really liked everything I've had there....Pho, curry, fried rice, and a superb peanut sauce.

        Lola is a great restaurant, but I still perfer Lolita. The same great quality but an overall more approachable experiance. I would say the same thing goes for The Greenhouse Tavern just a few storefronts down from Lola. If you want top notch fine dining then Lola is perfect.

        In Lakewood there is Deagans Kitchen right in the heart of their 'downtown' streach. They have a huge craft beer selection. I have been there for oysters recently and was very happy. Also in Lakewood is Georgetown, formerly Three Birds. They have one of the nicest patios in town that they just recently added heat to so it should be available when you are in town. Georgetown does an overall great job but they have a lobster pizza that is legendary, foie on the menu, and above average salads for a fine dining experience. The Place to Be Diner in Lakewood does a good classic diner breakfast The Clifton diner is a little more upscale.

        Have fun.

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        1. re: mikey031

          Bar Cento is open for lunch on Saturdays.

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

          1. re: mikey031

            I 2nd the rec for Minh Anh, which is only a few minutes away from the west side market. Also in that neighborhood is XYZ The Tavern, which has good food, a good jukebox and a fantastic whiskey and rye selection. As to your specific questions:

            1) Lola - still worth a trip? I agree with mikey, I prefer Lolita to Lola. Lola feels more formal and the food reflects that.
            2) Always looking for good Italian. Chinato? Chinato is FANTASTIC and very reasonably priced for lunch. This would be my rock hall day lunch rec for you.
            3) Would Bar Cento be a good prospect for Saturday Lunch as a break from R&R HoF? Or would that be the time to do Lola for lunch? Not a fan of Bar Cento, I have been there 3 times and always come away feeling "meh, it was ok."
            4)For ethnic - Vietnamese or Chinese (dim sum?) See above for rec of Minh Anh.
            5) Is Sokolowsis a must do Cleveland resto? I am one of the few who hold the opinion that this place is very, very charming and very "Cleveland," but the food is pretty low quality. Everything is soaking in cheap industrial margarine and I usually feel ill after eating there. A lot of people really love it though, so make your own decision there.

            I also agree Deagan's in Lakewood is good. Dewey's Pizza in lakewood is good and informal.

            At the West Side Market, eat a brat from Frank's bratwurst or the falafel wrap sandwich from Maha's falafil, both are fantastic. I don't think much of those crepes either. There's also a fresh juice shop just next to one of the bakery stands, I think Michelle's.

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

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

            Chinato
            E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

          2. I agree with all of the other posts (except Deagan's, didn't think much of their food). I would add that Players on Madison in Lakewood is an absolute gem. If you want a view, then Pier W. While I love the greasy spoon that is The Place to Be there is another diner called Two Dad's Diner on Detroit in Lakewood. To me, Sokolowski's can be skipped; if you want somewhere in Tremont--try Southside. They do lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch, very casual.

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            Pier W
            12700 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107

            Southside Cafe
            401 S 5th St, Richmond, IN 47374

            1. Slyman's is close to the Rock and Roll Hall and serves the best corned beef sandwich I've had in the midwest. They are only open for breakfast and lunch.

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