November 06, 2017

6 Bars Around Cleveland Featuring a Unique Neighborhood Flavor

Sponsored: Your neighborhood isn’t just where you’re from. It’s part of who you are. You know its people, its quirks, its history. You carry it with you wherever you go. Jack Honey is proud to bring you cocktail creations from six neighborhoods and the people who make them their home. Cities may change, but the flavor of these neighborhoods remains unique. See the people and places that are keeping The Land full of flavor and place a vote for your favorite.

Sponsored: Your neighborhood isn’t just where you’re from. It’s part of who you are. You know its people, its quirks, its history. You carry it with you wherever you go. Jack Honey is proud to bring you cocktail creations from six neighborhoods and the people who make them their home. Cities may change, but the flavor of these neighborhoods remains unique. See the people and places that are keeping The Land full of flavor and place a vote for your favorite right here.

Text by Billy Hallal

Photos by Emanuel Wallace

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6 Bars Around Cleveland Featuring a Unique Neighborhood Flavor
Chef Eric Rogers’ Black Box Fix became, in a short amount of time, a beloved institution of Cleveland Heights’ Cedar Lee district. Fans were devastated when it closed. But less than a year later, the restaurant found new life down the street in a much bigger space: The Fix Bistro.
Chef Eric Rogers’ Black Box Fix became, in a short amount of time, a beloved institution of Cleveland Heights’ Cedar Lee district. Fans were devastated when it closed. But less than a year later, the restaurant found new life down the street in a much bigger space: The Fix Bistro.
Rogers is a lifelong Clevelander who practically grew up in the restaurants his grandparents owned. “They taught me early: you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he says. He has partnered with a number of local eateries under the umbrella of his Fix brand in an attempt to make Cedar Lee the premiere dining district of Cleveland Heights.
Rogers is a lifelong Clevelander who practically grew up in the restaurants his grandparents owned. “They taught me early: you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he says. He has partnered with a number of local eateries under the umbrella of his Fix brand in an attempt to make Cedar Lee the premiere dining district of Cleveland Heights.
Rogers gained national recognition for appearing on Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network, but he has remained humble: he speaks often of his desire to “be a blessing” for the community.
Rogers gained national recognition for appearing on Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network, but he has remained humble: he speaks often of his desire to “be a blessing” for the community.
The Fix's concoction is the Jacked Up Appletini: which combines Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, apple juice, and mango & peach puree in a glass with a Cajun-sugar rim and a booze-soaked apple garnish.
The Fix's concoction is the Jacked Up Appletini: which combines Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, apple juice, and mango & peach puree in a glass with a Cajun-sugar rim and a booze-soaked apple garnish.
Shelton Goodson, owner of Swerve Grille, is a native Clevelander who grew up on the East Side. Like another famous Northeast Ohioan, Shelton Goodson took his talents elsewhere—he attended culinary school in Pennsylvania until 2008—before triumphantly returning home.
Shelton Goodson, owner of Swerve Grille, is a native Clevelander who grew up on the East Side. Like another famous Northeast Ohioan, Shelton Goodson took his talents elsewhere—he attended culinary school in Pennsylvania until 2008—before triumphantly returning home.
After working in several local restaurants, Goodson opened Swerve in 2013. The name, for him, represents “a sudden change in a positive direction.” Goodson hired several childhood friends and friends from the industry to work there. Running a restaurant is “very hard work,” he says, “but overall, it pays off.”
After working in several local restaurants, Goodson opened Swerve in 2013. The name, for him, represents “a sudden change in a positive direction.” Goodson hired several childhood friends and friends from the industry to work there. Running a restaurant is “very hard work,” he says, “but overall, it pays off.”
Shaker Heights, the neighborhood that plays home to Swerve, is known for its diverse population and its Colonial-style architecture—“It’s kinda classical,” says Goodson. Swerve has become known for its cool, low-lit vibes and contemporary dishes like its stuffed chicken.
Shaker Heights, the neighborhood that plays home to Swerve, is known for its diverse population and its Colonial-style architecture—“It’s kinda classical,” says Goodson. Swerve has become known for its cool, low-lit vibes and contemporary dishes like its stuffed chicken.
Swerve Grille’s cocktail is Spiked Basil Cider: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Apple Cider, Orange Juice, Lemon, Basil, and Simple Syrup
Swerve Grille’s cocktail is Spiked Basil Cider: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Apple Cider, Orange Juice, Lemon, Basil, and Simple Syrup
Shaker Square used to be the place Akin Alafin would pass through to catch the rapid downtown. “It was for the big money people,” he says. Now, it’s the site of his upscale soul food restaurant Zanzibar.
Shaker Square used to be the place Akin Alafin would pass through to catch the rapid downtown. “It was for the big money people,” he says. Now, it’s the site of his upscale soul food restaurant Zanzibar.