December 02, 2020

Cleveland's Best Restaurants of 2020, As Chosen By Our Readers

 

It's that most glorious and positive time of the year when we take a step back and recognize the absolute best restaurants of Cleveland, as chosen by Scene's readers. 2020 has sucked, and it's been a particularly rough year for the restaurant industry. But that doesn't mean Cleveland restaurants aren't still putting out kick-ass meals worthy of your dollars and attention.

Be sure to visit and support all of the worthy recipients, because we've already lost too many good ones this year. Let's keep the rest of these places, and all the others, open.

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 Larder
1455 West 29th St., Cleveland 
At its heart, Larder is a Jewish deli, with matzo ball soup, thick pastrami sandwiches, out of this world fried chicken sandwiches and awesome baked goods. But there's so much more going on here than that. Chef-owner Jeremy Umansky utilizes techniques like koji (a Japanese mold) curing, foraging for wild edibles, cold and hot smoking, and fermentation and pickling to produce an ever-shifting roster of seasonal plates.
Photo via @LarderB/Instagram

Larder

1455 West 29th St., Cleveland

At its heart, Larder is a Jewish deli, with matzo ball soup, thick pastrami sandwiches, out of this world fried chicken sandwiches and awesome baked goods. But there's so much more going on here than that. Chef-owner Jeremy Umansky utilizes techniques like koji (a Japanese mold) curing, foraging for wild edibles, cold and hot smoking, and fermentation and pickling to produce an ever-shifting roster of seasonal plates.

Photo via @LarderB/Instagram
 Best Restaurant: Barroco
12906 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 287 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake and 3941 Erie St., Willoughby,   barrocoarepabar.com, Lakewood - 216-221-8127, Westlake - 440-641-1283 and Willoughby - 440-527-8125
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Best Restaurant: Barroco

12906 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 287 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake and 3941 Erie St., Willoughby, barrocoarepabar.com, Lakewood - 216-221-8127, Westlake - 440-641-1283 and Willoughby - 440-527-8125

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 Best Local Snack: Old Brooklyn Cheese Co.
4464 Broadview Rd., Cleveland and 3441 Tuttle Rd., Ste. 101, Shaker Heights,  oldbrooklyncheesecompany.com, 216-321-7757
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Best Local Snack: Old Brooklyn Cheese Co.

4464 Broadview Rd., Cleveland and 3441 Tuttle Rd., Ste. 101, Shaker Heights, oldbrooklyncheesecompany.com, 216-321-7757

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 Best Seafood Market: Kate’s Fish
1979 West 25th St., Cleveland,   facebook.com/katesfishmarket/, 216-621-7675
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Best Seafood Market: Kate’s Fish

1979 West 25th St., Cleveland, facebook.com/katesfishmarket/, 216-621-7675

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 Best New Restaurant: Hola Tacos
12718 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 12102 Madison Ave., Lakewood and 3941 Erie St., Willoughby,  hola-tacos.com, Lakewood - 216-801-4666, Cleveland - 216-938-9301 and Willoughby - 440-527-8101
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Best New Restaurant: Hola Tacos

12718 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 12102 Madison Ave., Lakewood and 3941 Erie St., Willoughby, hola-tacos.com, Lakewood - 216-801-4666, Cleveland - 216-938-9301 and Willoughby - 440-527-8101

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 Best Coffee: Rising Star
Multiple Locations,   risingstarcoffee.com
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Best Coffee: Rising Star

Multiple Locations, risingstarcoffee.com

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 Best Teahouse: Cleveland Tea Revival
1434 West 29th St., Cleveland,   clevelandtearevival.com, 216-321-7757
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Best Teahouse: Cleveland Tea Revival

1434 West 29th St., Cleveland, clevelandtearevival.com, 216-321-7757

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 Best Chef: Jill Vedaa (Salt+)
17625 Detroit Ave., Lakewood,  saltcleveland.com, 216-221-4866
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Best Chef: Jill Vedaa (Salt+)

17625 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, saltcleveland.com, 216-221-4866

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 Best French Fries and Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Tommy’s Restaurant
1824 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights,   tommyscoventry.com, 216-321-7757
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Best French Fries and Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Tommy’s Restaurant

1824 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, tommyscoventry.com, 216-321-7757

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 Best Jamaican Restaurant: IRIE Jamaican Kitchen
621 East 185th St., and 4162 Pearl Rd., Cleveland,  iriejakitchen.com, Pearl Rd. - 216-291-7488, East 185th St. - 216-350-6112
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Best Jamaican Restaurant: IRIE Jamaican Kitchen

621 East 185th St., and 4162 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, iriejakitchen.com, Pearl Rd. - 216-291-7488, East 185th St. - 216-350-6112

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