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.
Tom’s is doing everything it can to stand out, beginning with a cache of very fresh seafood. Fish tanks brim with sea life, including Maine lobsters, colossal Dungeness crab and live grouper. And while seafood is Tom’s stock-in-trade, very few dishes fail to please immensely.
Touch’s DJs spin the freshest cuts in town. They’ll also play stuff you’ve heard, but the DJs here pride themselves on the funk, soul, indie rock, and dance remixes that never hit the Top 40.
In the spirit of the region's finest neighborhood taverns, the Tap House serves its neighbors well with boldly flavored, cleverly packaged and downright affordable American fare. EntrÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©es like grilled hangar steak and ale-braised short rib are proof that this is no pub-grub pub. Beer list (24 taps, 50+ bottles) is easily among cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s top five. Late-night food. Patio.
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