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Attention Cleveland eaters: what are you go to spots for under $10?

blackbookali Jun 18, 2012 03:34 PM

Cruising through the Great Lakes board and came across a lot of love for Cleveland's dining scene. What are the must go's in the under $10 range? Breakfast lunch and dinner and anything in between works. Any places that feature a memorable owner/staff always a plus.


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    Kelli2006 RE: blackbookali Jun 18, 2012 08:44 PM

    I thought that any place under $15.00 a person was cheap, unless you have find a food truck or a carry out. I may be wrong.

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      boagman RE: Kelli2006 Jun 18, 2012 09:40 PM

      Actually, you're not wrong about the $15 price point, but truly good food/entrees can be had here in the Detroit area for $10 *if* you know where to go. That's kind of why I'm peeking over the Cleveland curtain here, because I stinking *love* these kinds of recommendations. Doesn't have to be fancy, mind you...just has to be great. I'm looking forward to seeing where I should eat if I make a trip to see the Tigers stomp the Indians on a road trip! ;)

    2. rockandroller1 RE: blackbookali Jun 19, 2012 05:11 AM

      Are you looking just for downtown suggestions? The food trucks here, for sure, which are on Walnut at noon on Wednesdays throughout the summer and early fall. The Little Bar and Grill downtown for burgers. Slyman's (breakfast if you want to stay easily in the $10 and under range).

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        blackbookali RE: rockandroller1 Jun 19, 2012 06:00 PM

        Downtown is great but Im willing to travel a bit as well. Any particular food trucks you like?

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          rockandroller1 RE: blackbookali Jun 20, 2012 07:05 AM

          I tried Motor Mouth recently and really liked it a lot. I also generally like the food from the Dim and Den Sum truck.

          I would head to the Happy Dog in the Gordon Square district if you are open to getting out of downtown, it's only about 5 minutes away down Detroit road. GREAT dogs with a billion topping varieties, and tater tots with various gourmet dipping sauces. Fantastic.

          Also for lunch, in Tremont is a little sandwich shop called La Bodega. They turn out some very good food from their tiny store, I would recommend them.

      2. NancyH RE: blackbookali Jun 19, 2012 06:54 AM

        You can find great eats at the West Side Market for less than $10. Also, Cleveland has an Asiatown (www.clevelandasiatown.com) where many restaurants have items in that price range. Istanbul Grille in Tremont has numerous lunch specials at $10 or less, and the Chef is a master at Turkish cuisine. http://www.grillistanbul.com/. Superior Pho has a large number of items priced under $10. http://www.superiorpho.com/.

        Check out this website for Happy Hour deals at more expensive restaurants around town: http://www.dailyhappyhour.com/ohio/cl....

        One of my favorite restaurants is Dante in Tremont, which offers a late night Asian noodle menu for under $10 a bowl http://restaurantdante.us/menus/Zuzut.... They also have a great Happy Hour menu (pork belly for $5!).

        1. blackbookali RE: blackbookali Jun 20, 2012 02:05 PM

          Anyone try PJs Luncheonette?

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            rockandroller1 RE: blackbookali Jun 21, 2012 06:21 AM

            I don't recommend it. It's canned/processed/frozen-reheated heaven. Like, canned vegetables as your side dish type of place.

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            haveapeach RE: blackbookali Jun 22, 2012 05:35 AM

            Happy Dog (also mentioned by rockandroller1) was my first thought. It's the most fun I've ever had ordering food (you check off your toppings of choice on the "order form" at the table).

            You can do pizza by the slice for lunch at Valentino's in Little Italy, easily under $10. Outdoor dining/takeout only; great pizza!

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              rbohan RE: blackbookali Jun 22, 2012 01:48 PM

              The brats at West Side Market. Nick's on Lorain at 41st. Ohio Burrito. Sandwich shop right around the corner from OB that I haven't tried but my kid says is good. Souper Market. You can probably come in at just over $10 at University Inn for a lot of food.

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                rockandroller1 RE: rbohan Jun 25, 2012 05:56 AM

                Oh, that's Bogtrotter's, the sandwich shop. I have heard GREAT things about their food.

              2. blackbookali RE: blackbookali Jun 30, 2012 08:56 AM

                any thoughts on Nates Deli? Aladdin baker? how about a head to head comparison?

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                  rockandroller1 RE: blackbookali Jul 2, 2012 06:52 AM

                  Both are really not interesting food to me, though they have their devotees. I find the food to be not great at both places, but that's JMO.

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                  daffodilly RE: blackbookali Jul 2, 2012 04:50 AM

                  Danny's Deli at St. Clair and 17th has a great corned beef hash and eggs breakfast. It's cheap and delicious. Happy hour at Lolita is a bargain and also the Flying Fig HH is a great deal. Souper Market has a soup and salad combo with bread for under ten that is delicious and healthy. I also like the Sloppy Dave at Dave's Cosmic Subs (local chain).

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