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Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

We will have one dinner and one lunch in Downtown Cleveland and looking for recommendations. I would like a CH worthy place that also some mainstream items for my teenage boys. Price is flexible and we will have a car. We are also attending an Indians game. Is the food passable, or should we try for a late night spot after?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Will you be downtown on a weekday or on a weekend? That would definitely affect the lunch recs. There are so many restaurants to choose from is there a specific kind of food you are looking for?

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    1. re: kathrynanne

      We will be there on Monday and Tuesday. As far as specific food, my kids pretty much stick to the basics - burgers, steak, ribs, chicken, - they also like Italian. There is chance that my husband and I may eat on our own one of these meals also and we are pretty much wide open, so send me your top picks.

    2. Check out the Greenhouse Tavern, it is most spectacular and will have something for everybody. Very close to the stadium also.

      1. Are we talking downtown proper or will you have a vehicle or does it have to be in walking distance? Which hotel?

        If you want one of the best foodie experiences, Monday at the West Side Market for lunch is fantastic. So much fun for the kids too. Your hotel might even have shuttle.

        Tuesday night, Hodges right downtown has an amazing local menu with something for everyone, a great patio and 2/$40 special.

        Personally, I dont think the Greenhouse Tavern is a very good choice for kids. Great for your adult night out, tho.

        Now, if you have a car, or are willing to take a bus or cab, Ohio City and Tremont bost a ton of really good food too.

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        1. re: tfacey

          Yes downtown - Doubletree Lakeside, but we will have a car, so tell me about these other areas...

          I would like to get to the West Side Market, but I am not sure what time we will arrive on Monday and Tuesday they are closed, correct?

          1. re: shell22

            Yes, the West Side Market is only open Mon, Wed, and Sat. But in that area, Ohio City, you have a slew of restaurants to choose from, each one as good as it gets! I love Bon Bon (great breakfast), Crop (high end local menu), Light Bistro (love), SoHo, Great Lakes Brewing Co (great family food). Stop in the Souper Market and try the chilled strawberry bisque. http://www.ohiocity.org/

            Right around the corner, you will find the Tremont area. Again, restaurants galore. Fahrenheit (great date night and happy hour), BAC (best pad thai ever), Tremont Tap House (best burger in town), Lolita (Michael Symon) http://tremontwest.org/

            Near your hotel, there is a great sandwich shop in the IMG Building called Good To Go Cafe. She makes amazing kale chips! http://goodtogocafecleveland.com/cafe...


        2. Can I also request some other breakfast spots around the hotel or R&R Hall of Fame??

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          1. re: shell22

            Really not much around the HOF or your hotel for that matter!

            Seriously, get in the car and go here http://www.lepetittrianglecafe.com/ or Bon Bon

            I've heard good things about Carnegie Kitchen and Dining but have not been there.

            1. re: shell22

              Another breakfast option (requiring car, but not very far) is Slyman's. http://www.slymans.com/ They have the best corned beef anywhere! Their breakfast is good - and you can have corned beef with your eggs, or their house-made corned beef hash. You can also have a fabulous breakfast crepe at the West Side Market on Monday, though most of the other food at the market isn't really breakfasty.

              1. re: NancyH

                Oooh. I wanted to fit in Slyman's and breakfast will be the perfect solution..thanks!

            2. Not too far from downtown Cleveland is Sokolowski's University Inn -- Polish food served cafeteria style. Really good. A local friend took us there and we loved it - can't wait to go back.


              1. Take a look at Flying Fig for lunch (closed Monday) or dinner. The sandwiches at Bogtrotters Doorstop and Ohio City Burrito. All on West 25th Street. Market Garden Brewery is a casual option for dinner. Crop Bistro is beautiful, though I'm not sure two teenagers would be so gaga about it. Viaduct Lounge has great views of the river and flats and a lot of small plates to try/share. I have yet to go, but reviews are positive. Another popular breakfast option is Lucky's Cafe in Tremont which isn't far from you (but you might have your heart set on Slyman's).

                Enjoy your stay!

                1. John Q's in Public square, north of Tower City. best burger around, steaks, etc and other fare...open for lunch AND late for after the game.
                  Be sure to try the Bertman's mustard at Jacobs field!

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                  1. re: Szakacs

                    good ball park food? we were very disappointed at the food at Dodgers stadium last year...

                  2. I second the rec for Greenhouse Tavern, for Slyman's for breakfast. There is also the Carnegie Kitchen & Deli for breakfast, or you can take a short car ride to Tremont and go to Grumpy's cafe, which the whole family would like. Greenhouse has good wings and a burger that are more "mainstream" (you'll have to order the burger to temp as it comes med-rare). Noodlecat might also be a good choice for you guys - the steam buns are very good and the noodle dishes and salads are awesome.

                    I would also highly recommend Vincenza's for lunch - best pizza in cleveland, and they also have good subs and salads if you go that way. It's inexpensive and a great spot to eat. They are often open a little bit into the early evening hours if there is a sporting event.

                    After the game if you want, you could head to Winking Lizard. It's a very "middle of the road" stop foodwise with a huge variety of beers.

                    1. Thank you all for the awesome suggestions, My boys count on me to do the research before any trip we take - CH has helped me set the bar REALLY high !

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                      1. re: shell22

                        Rather than start another thread, I am heading to Cleveland next week for my son to visit Case Western and go to the Hall of Fame. Looking for breakfast and dinner suggestions in University Circle area. Thanks!

                        1. re: gbailey75

                          I suggest you look to adjacent cleveland heights, where you will have many options in the Little Italy and Coventry "neighborhoods." Little Italy is on Mayfield - take Euclid, the main street in front of Case to Mayfield and turn R and you're in it as soon as you go under the underpass. Keep going up mayfield and around the bend to the left and take it just a couple more blocks to Coventry and turn R to be in the Coventry neighborhood.

                          Breakfast includes Presti's (doughnuts mainly) in LI, the Inn on Coventry (fab) and Tommy's, also on Coventry. Lots of good options for dinner but depends on how much you want to spend. Sergio's, L'Albatross, lots of places in LI and on Coventry for dinner as well. I would suggest asking the Hounds here if you see or hear of a place and aren't sure of it as you can really bomb out if you make a bad choice and we are happy to help.

                          If you need places for downtown while you are visit the RRHOF, let us know!

                          1. re: rockandroller1

                            The Presti's you mention . . . is it the bakery? how are the sandwiches? whats the price point there?

                            1. re: blackbookali

                              Yes, the bakery. Have not eaten any sandwiches there. It's typical bakery prices, not too expensive.

                              1. re: blackbookali

                                We have been there twice for lunch on a Saturday and I actually think their lunch fare (sandwiches, stromboli, etc) is better than the doughnuts. Definitely inexpensive. Their setup is such that you order at the counter, you get a number and they'll call you when your food is ready. They do have quite a few tables for dine-in.

                                For doughnuts, I much prefer Jack Frost, but that's another thread for another day (and quite a ways outside of town).

                            2. re: gbailey75

                              Not sure how long you will be in town but there are lots of areas to visit that would give your son a good idea of the wealth of offerings in Cleveland. West 25th Street/Ohio City with breweries Bar Cento, Great Lakes, Market Garden; East 4th Street downtown; the Gordon Square area around 65th and Detroit (restaurants, Happy Dog, ice cream, theater); the Playhouse Square area (theater district) which also is home to the great restaurant Cowell & Hubbard; University Circle with all of the wonderful museums. Plus, of course, all of the places RR1 mentions. Enjoy your stay!

                              1. re: gbailey75

                                I agree with randr1's breakfast suggestions. For dinner, I really like Washington Place, which is in Little Italy but is contemporary American, not Italian. The menu is seasonal with significant use of local products, and I've always been really happy with my food there. L'Albatros (which is in University Circle proper, on the other side of campus from Little Italy) is also great-- fantastic (French) food and excellent service. Both have great outdoor dining areas, so hopefully our good weather holds for your visit next week.

                                1. re: haveapeach

                                  Thanks for all of the recommendations!! Will check those out!!

                                  We are going to the Rock Hall on Thursday afternoon so we will be looking for a lunch spot, either near Case or downtown close to the Hall of Fame. Our plan is to ride the Health Line downtown, then walk to the Hall. So ... let me know if you have some lunch recommendations in either location.

                                  1. re: gbailey75

                                    The health line runs down Euclid and there are tons of good lunch spots right around Euclid. From E 9th, where you'll exit to go to/from the RRHOF, you'll be walking north and the next block, at the corner of 9th and Walnut is a place called The Market, I think it's market avenue wine bar but it's a hopping lunch place with "stations" with different types of food so there is enough variety for everyone. The focus is on fresh and local as much as is available so the prices are a little more expensive than a fast food place, but the food is very good and it's a bustling place for lunch.

                                  2. re: haveapeach

                                    Washington Place was outstanding!! We took advantage of the Wednesday night 2 for $40 special -- great meal. Thanks for this suggestion.

                                    Anyone have a favorite Little Italy spot that serves Italian??

                              2. Nobody's mentioned Momocho yet?


                                (forgive the Guy Fieri)

                                1. Not for kids, but the Velvet Tango Room for cocktails is a must.


                                  1. On the basis of the recommendation below I ordered take out from Noodlecat. Maybe it was the fact that it was take out but it was truly awful. I ordered three dishes. The gyoza were deep fried. Gross. And the filling was bland and there was too little of it so that it was like eating fried wontons. The kimchee salad was very bitter and contained pieces of raw winter squash which were hard to eat. The noodle dish I ordered contained no noodles. The flavour was fine but it was a container of sauce. Did I misunderstand something about the ordering process.

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                                    1. re: hany

                                      It sounds like the noodle dish was a mistake, you should let them know. I've not had their kimchee.

                                      1. re: hany

                                        I was at Noodlecat once and, based on the extraordinarily sub-par service and the fact that I returned half of my lunch (a noodle dish) un-eaten, it is not a place that earns high marks IMO. The steam bun was good, I'll give them that.

                                        I'm sorry that you did not have a good experience. Fortunately there are more venues to try!

                                      2. Dear Shell22-- thanks for starting this thread! I'm also eager for downtown Cleveland recommendations (visiting Thursday April 5-Saturday April 7).

                                        I won't have a car, and I'm staying at the Renaissance Hotel at Public Square. In particular, any good lunch options within a short walk away? I've noted the Greenhouse Tavern. Any others?

                                        Also, fancy cocktails? Velvet Tango Room looks appealing and worth the cab ride; any others? Many thanks!

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                                        1. re: sporkforkknife

                                          Greenhouse Tavern is your best bet for drinks and food both. Easy walk from the hotel.

                                          1. re: sporkforkknife

                                            Not to downplay VTR but a similar joint (Society Lounge) has opened up almost across the street from Greenhouse Tavern and thus no cab ride necessary.


                                            Lunch at Chinato is also very good - sit at the bar for a more informal experience, and lunch at Lola is also excellent - these are all right on E 4th so easy for you to get to.