Monday, February 18, 2008

Elements Bistro -- a new, independent restaurant at CSU -- opens

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:45 AM

Part of the push to turn the CSU campus into a true community, Elements Bistro on Euclid (2300 Euclid Ave., 216-802-3131) debuted last week, on the ground floor of the new Parker Hannifin Administration Center. The 60-seat restaurant is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. In warm weather, an outdoor patio will offer an additional 52 seats. ... Rather than bring in a franchise, university officials took the unusual step of turning operations over to their food-service provider, Chartwells Educational Dining Services. Chartwells, in turn, hired local chef Amy Woodward (a veteran of Michael Longo’s Bainbridge restaurants) to head up the kitchen, and Steven Adams (Atria, Panera’s) to manage the front of the house. As befits the “independent restaurant” theme, Woodward and consulting chef Tim McCoy have done their best to showcase local products and appeal to Cleveland palates. The result is dishes like the West Side Market Sausage and Pierogi plate; a daily Ohio City Pasta offering; and the Ohio Cheese Sampler, featuring a variety of Amish-made cheeses. All this comes at prices ranging from $3.50 for a mixed greens salad garnished with sundried cherries and toasted walnuts, to $12 for a prosciutto-wrapped strip steak with Amish gorgonzola – a real bargain. And at breakfast, options include omelets, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, priced at $5.50 to $9.50. To view the full menu, visit www.elementsoneuclid.com. -- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.

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