Slyman's claims it's the home of Cleveland's biggest and best corned-beef sandwich, and so far no one has come forth to challenge them convincingly for the title. The three-inch-thick corned-beef sandwich weighs in at a walloping 12 ounces, and a Reuben tips the scales at almost one pound. Thanks to that lean, tender, thin-sliced meat, both sandwiches are champs.
Workingman's blues ooze from the corner stage at Smedley's. When the bands take a midnight break, the ghosts of Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin spook the jukebox back to life.
Short for Southern hospitality, SoHo serves fresh takes on Low Country, Cajun, and Creole cuisine. On the snappy and cohesive menu are classic Southern staples like shrimp and grits, catfish Po' Boys, and chicken and waffles, all dressed up for a more demanding modern audience. Even the cocktails scream Deep South, with bourbon, rye and moonshine-fueled bevies going down like sweet tea on a sticky summer day.
Wood paneling, pierogies and perch in Tremont’s oldest ethnic family owned restaurant (since 1923), serving boilermakers before Prohibition. Black Angus beef, grilled trout, and baby back ribs flavor rooms heavy with Browns memorabilia.
Made-from-scratch soups are dispatched from this tiny walk-up soup house across from the West Side Market. With 10 great soups daily, finding the right bowl is child’s play.
The South Side doesn’t quite overload all the senses, but it stimulates them with exposed brick walls, a winding granite bar, local artwork that changes monthly, and four big plasma screens equipped with surround sound. After the kitchen closes, an upscale-casual crowd gather in the bar.
Spice Kitchen + Bar, owned by Chef Ben Bebenroth, prepares foods grown right in our backyard – literally! Our seasonally inspired food and cocktail menus are sourced from our own farm and other small family farmers within 100-miles of Cleveland.
Loud rock and cheap drinks rule at this funky dive, where the jukebox is stocked with punk classics and the beer flows freely starting at 4 p.m. each day. Every January, the place is renamed the Hulett and caters to the metal crowd.
Simple, lively and way affordable fare in a takeout place that’s added tables for those who can’t wait for carryout calzone. The house specialty is chicken in a crispy skin.
Luxe flourishes turn up around every bend in this beautiful pub, from the hand-laid cobblestone parking lot to the hand-rubbed walnut woodwork. In contrast, the menu is as straightforward as it comes: Burgers, meatloaf, pasta and steak, served alongside the indoor bocce court. 21 and over only.
When you start with quality hearth-baked breads made on premises, sandwiches are bound to taste amazing. Soups are made fresh daily, and sandwiches are assembled to order with fillings such as salmon salad with capers, tuna salad with dill and roasted vegetables. Bountiful salads get the same thoughtful preparation, and, like the soups, come with a chunk of that incredible bread. Brighten your day with a piece of in-house baked pastry like the smooth and silky cheesecake.
Somehow, life seems simpler after a meal at Superior Pho. Maybe thats because the main attraction at this tiny Vietnamese restaurant is pho: big bowls of homemade beef-and-noodle soup, with basil, lime and other flavorful trimmings. Combo meals featuring small appetizers and rice are also available.
Owner Jeffrey Moreau, a former ad man, set out to revive the great tradition of neighborhood ice-cream parlors — and boy did he succeed. Wall-to-wall with ice cream sundaes, chocolate candies, buttery fudge, crunchy caramel corn, and creamy root beer floats, Sweet Moses has instantly become Gordon Square's go-to dessert destination
A smartly appointed alternative to the food court that sits below, this handsome downtown restaurant serves a solid assortment of salads, sandwiches, seafood, and pasta, with speedy service designed to get you back to your desk, or into your theater seat, with time to spare.
Brightly lit and cheerfully decorated, this attractive, counter-service lunch spot inserts an uplifting exclamation point into the dreary tedium of the typical workday. As for the eats, the taste-bud-tickling assortment of gourmet salads, fragrant soups, sandwiches, pizzas and daily specials contains dishes both upscale and homey. And Wednesday is gourmet-grilled-meatloaf day. Nuff said.
A welcome alternative to fast-food lunches, this funky downtown noodle house and juice bar combines fresh flavors and speedy counter service with a casual college-town vibe, for a dining "experience" as unique as it is inexpensive. That's probably why the lines are sometimes out the door. Go, and feel good.
The Tock has been around for as long as anyone can recall, and the food is probably better than you remember. Plenty of Greek and American favorites, but the St. Louis-style ribs are the star attraction.
Toast is a neighborhood bistro and wine bar shoehorned into a 100-year-old storefront in Gordon Square. Updated daily to best take advantage of the freshest provisions delivered from area farms, the small menu is a moving target. A chalkboard ticks off the day's toasts, cheeses and house-made charcuterie. Larger plates include flank steak, pork chops, and a mind-blowing crepe stuffed with smoked perch, pickled strawberry and dilly crème fraiche. Of course, the menu will be different when you get there.
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