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hubby is traveling to Independence Ohio, good dining options please

lexpatti Jan 7, 2012 07:20 AM

should he just venture into Cleveland. Loves good fresh food..all ethnic options. Loves good italian, great seafood. We've read older posts that mention lola, lolita, cento, fire...still good options? Any others

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    billygoat RE: lexpatti Jan 8, 2012 06:57 AM

    He could, however, there are options nearby Independence. Will he be staying at a property on/near Rockside Road/I-77? If so, he could visit Delmonico's (steak house) hrcleveland.com/delmonicos which is one of a local chain's (5 outlets) restaurants. They are located in the heart of the formerly referenced area. Head West on Rockside (about 5 minutes) and he'll find Corleone's (Italian) corleonescleveland.com. Both of these are fine choices if he wants to dine nearby...as for your references to other (yet farther away...~15 minutes) establishments, you've referenced many, fine locations. I'll let others chime in...

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      CurryLover RE: lexpatti Jan 8, 2012 08:04 PM

      There's an Aladdin's in Independence which has great middle eastern food.

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        lexpatti RE: CurryLover Jan 19, 2012 06:35 AM

        he's enjoyed that a few times..... thanks.

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          stuart RE: lexpatti Feb 2, 2012 10:48 PM

          If he likes Aladdin's, he should try Kabab-G and Assad's Bakery. Kabab-G has great beef kababs. Try the soujouk (sp?) and falafel at Assad's.

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        zippypinhead RE: lexpatti Jan 9, 2012 05:23 AM

        If he's looking for an excellent sandwich, there's Deanatello's down in the valley. 7525 Granger Road, Valley View
        Also has some outstanding stuffed peppers & pizza.
        Limited hours. (closes early afternoon)

        1. rockandroller1 RE: lexpatti Jan 9, 2012 12:25 PM

          JMO but if I had a friend who was coming in and they were staying there, I would encourage them to leave for good food. Mostly chains there and the indies are IN MY OPINION nothing to write home about. I do like Corleone's, which is in Broadview Heights, they have a great wine list. But it's really not on the same level as a place like Chinato, which is on E 4th just steps down from Lola (and yes, Lola and Lolita specifically are both super fantastic). I would also recommend Istanbul Grill for Turkish (Tremont - neighborhood just W of downtown) and Parallax in Tremont for seafood/asian influenced, which is very close by Lolita.

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            stuart RE: rockandroller1 Jan 9, 2012 04:37 PM

            I also like Istanbul Grill. It's my favorite restaurant in Tremont. Definitely get the doner. It's available in different configurations. It's house made.

            I'm the guy that's usually piping up to recommend fire and Bar Cento. I think they're the best restaurants in the city and certainly worth the drive. Please refer to earlier posts of mine for specific recommendations.

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            daffodilly RE: lexpatti Jan 9, 2012 12:58 PM

            He could try Lockkeeper's or Blue Canyon. Both are in that general area and are not chains. Their food is good, but not exactly adventurous.

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              billygoat RE: daffodilly Jan 9, 2012 01:56 PM

              Not to disparage anyone, but Blue Canyon is not close to I-77/Rockside -- Lockkeeper's however, is nearby and offers a good experience. I think it really depends on how much of a foodie your husband is AND if he wants to drive a little farther from his homebase. If so, I'd agree with RNR'er -- he will have a more unique dining experience at her recommendations. I'd also add Flying Fig to the list -- in the OhioCity/WestSideMarket area.

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                rockandroller1 RE: billygoat Jan 10, 2012 08:24 AM

                Agree, Flying Fig is good to add on the list. And Light Bistro, in same neck of the woods.

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              mlb3232 RE: lexpatti Jan 10, 2012 09:57 AM

              He should go to Momocho in Ohio City (near west side of Cleveland). It is Mexican fusion - fabulous!

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                lexpatti RE: lexpatti Jan 19, 2012 06:34 AM

                Thank you all for the great suggestions, he'll be traveling there often so this list will be great. I'll get him to update where he's been and what his thoughts were.... so far he's raving about a lilttle Polish place "Babushka's Kitchen".

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                  rockandroller1 RE: lexpatti Jan 19, 2012 07:05 AM

                  Cool. I know of the Little Polish Diner but not this place, will look it up.

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                  lexpatti RE: lexpatti Feb 2, 2012 06:35 PM

                  Well he tried Cento and loved it!!! He had a brased rabbit papperdell (sp?) and can't wait to go back. Very fresh...

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                    rockandroller1 RE: lexpatti Feb 3, 2012 11:30 AM


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