Sporting a pick-up truck-chic decor, the space is festooned with license plates, hubcaps and full-size automobiles. There are entire walls of acoustic guitars. It shouldn't be hard to grab a drink here thanks to three bars on the first floor and another upstairs. The menu is a mix of staples like nachos, wings, pizza, chopped salads, burgers, ribs and pasta.
The menus nothing fancy, composed mostly of pasta, a few sandwiches, a simple pizza, and some pastries. And while the surroundings are clean and comfy, the amenities are homey at best. But when you and a bud each can snare an ample portion of spaghetti with homemade meatballs and share a freshly stuffed cannoli, and still get change from a $20, thats what we call a bargain. Beer and wine are available.
The 23-story building was the first major project in Cleveland to use metric measurement throughout the construction process. The entire 55,000-ton weight of the building rests on a seven-foot-thick concrete mat that required a pour of more than 1,000 truckloads of cement. Groundbreaking was on May 28, 1997, making it the first federal courthouse to be built in Cleveland in 88 years. It opened for business in 1999.
Commuters who missed the upscale breakfast-and-lunch options at Juniper Grille can take comfort in Carnegie Kitchen, which seems to have picked up where that diner left off. Chef-owner Jeff Uniatowski, formerly of Mise and House of Blue, crafts a value-driven menu with broad appeal. Contemporary versions of diner classics like steak and eggs, corned beef hash and bagels and lox give way to chopped salads, mile-high Reubens, and grilled-salmon sandwiches.
Downtown breakfast spots are rare, and handsome downtown breakfast spots with free parking are rarer still. But that's what you'll find at Carnegie Kitchen — along with a value-driven menu with broad appeal.
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