Hippie or hipster, young or old, meathead or vegan, Clevelanders have been flocking to this culinary landmark since 1972, hungry for the big assortment of creative and unusual sandwiches, soups and salads. After a healthy hummus-stuffed ripe tomato or a grilled-cheese sandwich with veggies, sunflower seeds and sesame sauce, be sure to splurge on a creamy, old-fashioned malt or milkshake.
The menu is a well-integrated chorus of northern and southern Indian faves, everything from tandoori chicken to chana bhatura, an enormous, puffy fried bread sided with vegetarian chickpea stew. An inexpensive lunchtime buffet offers a tasty opportunity to explore the alternatives, both familiar and exotic. Indian beers.
Essentially a carry-out-only spot, Taste of Jamaica specializes in Caribbean fare. Here you'll find large portions of flavorful, home-cooked food like jerk chicken, curried chicken, goat curry, and braised oxtails. Most items are served with rice and beans and steamed cabbage. Cash only.
Essentially a carry-out-only affair, Taste of Kerala specializes in South Indian food. Bright, cheery and tidy, the storefront shop offers made-to-order fare like chicken biryani, chicken curry, and goat curry. Like other South Indian eateries, this one devotes a large portion of the menu to vegetarian dishes, including steamed idli with sambal or chickpea curry. Rather than rice, dishes here are served with chapati, wheat flatbread.
A sort of grown-up version of the health-conscious, vegetarian-friendly Aladdins Eateries, Taza is all that and a full bar too. Despite the handsome decor and upscale appointments, the casual attitude and big menu of Lebanese standards will strike a familiar note with Aladdins fans. Other upgrades include freshly baked pita, kebabs taken straight off the charcoal grill, and a big assortment of traditional Middle Eastern meze, just right for sharing around the table.
Too tired to cook, but too cool for McBurgers? Family-friendly, quick-service Tom-Tom is just the ticket. The large menu includes lots of salads, soups, sandwiches, and build your own pizza options, freshly prepared in an open kitchen. Order at the counter, and before you know it, your meal is delivered to your table by cheerful staffers, no tipping required.
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