Probably the first Cleveland eatery truly worthy of the gastropub label, the Black Pig hits the sweet spot between rustic and refined, with funky-chic vibe, a seasonal menu of imaginatively prepared classics,and a great selection of craft-brewed beers and other boozy delights.
During daylight hours, this anchor of the Warehouse District party scene masquerades as a simple bar and restaurant. But on any weekend, the place becomes a holding pen for a unique cross section of clubbers, from gel-headed fratsters to hip-hoppers to suited execs.
The club's logo -- a porker in a tie -- says it all. Down and dirty, but still kind of chic, the large, open Pig caters to an older, rock-oriented crowd, with cover bands. Never a cover.
This contemporary Italian bistro gets folks well-fed and into their theater seats long before the house lights dim. Robustly portioned, moderately priced and, by and large, immensely satisfying, the food would fly in any restaurant, theater or otherwise. Salads, pizzas, pastas and hearty Mediterranean entrees fill the playbill, while a vast beer, wine and martini list is cause for applause.
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