Everything We Saw at AleFest 2022 in Lincoln Park

After a two year hiatus, the longtime summer staple Alefest made its return to Tremont's Lincoln Park. Here's everything we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at AleFest 2022 in Lincoln Park
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35 of the Best Things to Eat in Cleveland for Under $15

One of the good things about living in a more affordable big city is the plethora of good dining options for a…

By Brett Zelman

 Half Moon Bakery
3460 West 25th St., Cleveland

 After more than three years of pop-ups and catering, Half Moon Bakery finally unveiled its brick-and-mortar bakery in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, located across the street from MetroHealth. The carry-out empanada shop features the signature half-moon-shaped pastries, stuffed with flavor-packed combinations such as shredded chicken with garlic tomato sauce, tofu with seasoned veggies, and pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce and they’re all $3 and under.
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The 25 Best Brunch Spots In Cleveland, According To Yelp Reviewers

With a ton of great brunch options in town, it's hard to narrow them down. Luckily for us, Yelp reviewers did just…

By Brett Zelman

 Bourbon Street Barrel Room
2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland

 “I went for brunch and got the fried chicken and french toast.  So I can really speak to how well they are doing when it comes to the New Orleans cuisine.  What I can say is that the drinks are AMAZING.  We had Amira and Patrick at the bar.   Both were super accommodating and attentive.  Amira made this great mocktail for my friend that is expecting called a health tonic.  If she is there I recommend ordering it.  It is so refreshing.....and you can add gin or tequila,” Willainaa S. on Yelp
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All the Guy Fieri 'Triple D' Restaurants Within Driving Distance of Cleveland

Guy Fieri is well known for being a great guy, and also for his hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where he…

By Scene Staff

    1835 Fulton Rd., Cleveland 
    Season 8, Episode 9
     This hip, dimly lit cantina serves a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes. And while there, Fieri sampled their tuna tacos, blood orange marmalade and guacamole with house smoked trout, which are all a hit.
    Photo via via Food Network/YouTube
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The 25 Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now, According to Us

The Cleveland restaurant scene is booming right now. With new restaurant openings, menu and concept changes and expansions all over the city…

By Brett Zelman

1430 West 28th St., Cleveland

Walk into Amba and it's clear you have the makings of another one-of-a-kind experience from chef Doug Katz. The building is divided into two connected but distinct spaces, the main Amba dining room and the smaller Bar Amba. As at Zhug in Cleveland Heights, the aim is to foster an energetic, lively and informal atmosphere where diners can feel comfortable standing, talking and visiting with nearby tables. Also reminiscent of Zhug, the menu at Amba is loaded with small plates built for sharing. There are two dozen items that range from small, zesty condiments to composed meat and fish dishes. Many of these “Indian-inspired” street foods have a clear through line all the way back to the tandoor oven at Fire. There are options for vegans, gluten-free diners, seafood- and meat-eaters.
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17 of the Best All-You-Can-Eat Spots in Cleveland

If you prefer to eat all the food in one sitting, these are the perfect spots around town to do so. Whether…

By Scene Staff

 Kintaro Sushi & Hot Pot
Multiple Locations

 All you can eat sushi may make it sound like the quality isn’t great, but that’s not the case at Kintaro’s four locations (Akron, Fairview Park, Brooklyn and Medina), where for $14.99 for lunch and $25.99 for dinner, you can eat all of the sushi you want, but don’t take more than you eat, or you’ll be charged for it. In addition to unlimited sushi, the price also includes staples like miso soup, edamame, gyoza and tempura and even full teriyaki or hibachi meals.
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27 Specialty Food Shops and Markets in Cleveland You Should Have Visited By Now

Real ones know the restaurant scene in Cleveland for its multitude of diverse culinary options. You can get great Ethiopian and Guatemalan,…

By Scene Staff

 Ferrara's Imported Foods 
5750 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Heights

 With a sizable population of Italian-Americans, it makes sense that Mayfield Heights would be home to one of the best Italian specialty markets in town. Their deli sandwiches are out of this world and their Italian import section highlights pastas, sauces, oils and much more straight from the old country.
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All the Restaurants Participating in Cleveland Burger Week (July 11-17) and What They're Serving for $6

$6 BURGERS FROM CLEVELAND'S MOST DELICIOUS RESTAURANTS FROM JULY 11-17, 2022 Presenting Cleveland Burger Week. From gourmet blends to off-menu specialties and…

By Scene Staff

 All Saints Public House 
1261 West 76th St., Cleveland 

 All Saints Public House will be offering a 1/3 lb. steak burger, topped with fontina cheese, tomato balsamic bacon jam and chipotle aioli. Served on a fresh toasted brioche bun and a bed of wild arugula. $10 Brew Kettle Special available.
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All The New Restaurants That Have Opened in Cleveland So Far This Year

Cleveland has said goodbye to plenty of restaurants during the pandemic years, but it's also said hello to a healthy batch of…

By Brett Zelman

House of Creole
668 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Jeffrey Miskiri, owner of a Washington D.C.-based restaurant group with multiple concepts with names like Po Boy Jim, Creole on 14th, Suga & Spice and Miss Toya's Creole House, recently opened House of Creole in the former Sixth City Sailor’s Club and Hodge’s space downtown. Since opening, House of Creole has been dishing up Big Easy-style starters like fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and deviled eggs with shrimp. For the main event there will be fried fish po' boys, seafood etouffee, Cajun shrimp and grits and jambalaya loaded with shrimp, chicken, sausage and rice.
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All the Cleveland Restaurants That Have Closed Since the Pandemic Began

Unfortunately, the last two-plus years has been a rough period for the restaurant industry. From social distancing and people not eating out…

By Brett Zelman

2058 East Fourth St., Cleveland

Lola was the restaurant that started East Fourth as a dining destination. Michael Symon’s flagship restaurant shut down in November of 2020 after 24 years in business. Symon famously relocated Lola from Tremont to E. Fourth Street in 2006, doing for that neighborhood what he and his wife Liz did for Tremont, which is to say transform it into the epicenter of Cleveland dining and entertainment.
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20 Essential Cleveland Hot Dog Joints

Hot dogs!  We've got your hot dogs here! There are plenty of great spots to get a dog around Northeast Ohio summer…

By Brett Zelman

 Scooter’s Dawg House

 9600 Blackbrook Rd., Mentor 

 Scooter’s World Famous Dawg House has fed hungry Lake County beachgoers for over two decades. The seasonal shop is only open from the middle of March to the middle of September, but they manage to squeeze a full year of business into half a year's time. The top-selling Chicago Dawg is dragged through the garden and topped with mustard, tomato, dill pickle, relish, onion and celery salt.
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The 25 Most Popular Restaurants in Cleveland Right Now, According To Yelp Rankings

According to Yelp, these are the 25 most popular restaurants in Cleveland right now. From Thai and fried chicken to sandwich shops…

By Brett Zelman

Bangkok Thai
5359 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst 

 “This is my favorite Thai place out of all the cities I've been to in the US. I have had some great Thai in California and other places on the West Coast, but this place could definitely throw its hat into the ring to compare to the competition. The traditional pad thai and pad paradise are amazing. Also recommend the tofu triangles. I wish they had a west side location as I have made the drive to mayfield from the west side just to get take out from here, which sometimes is about an hour for the full trip. It is definitely worth it though. Their food is amazing,” Charlotte G. on Yelp
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32 Cleveland Restaurants With Ridiculously Scenic Views

A room, or patio, with a view? Nothing beats it. Whether it's riverfront, lakefront, or boasting choice views of the downtown skyline,…

By Scene Staff

Lindey's Lake House (Flats East Bank location)
    1146 Old River Rd., Cleveland
     It’s only natural that a restaurant meant to replicate a cozy beachside escape should showcase its breezy riverside views. Feel free to take it all in with some tacos and a margarita.
    Photo via mandy.steve/Instagram
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Photos From the 2022 Taste of Lakewood Festival

The annual festival that showcases the restaurants in Lakewood once again took over Madison Park. Here's what we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the 2022 Taste of Lakewood Festival
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41 Essential Suburban Cleveland Restaurants to Add to Your Dining Calendar

The city proper may have some the best restaurants overall but the suburbs aren't far behind. In fact, in the suburbs of…

By Brett Zelman

 Thyme X Table
 583 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village

 In Bay Village, Thyme Table, which opened in 2019, has quickly established itself as one of the best restaurants in the near Western suburbs. Chef-owner Michael Smith  captured the curiosity and support of the community with his spiffed-up tavern concept, where the menu is approachable at nearly every turn. Thyme Table is the opposite of a special-occasion restaurant, but that doesn't mean there is nothing special about the place.
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32 Essential Ice Cream Shops In Cleveland

We will put Cleveland's ice cream scene up against anywhere in the country. Seriously. From artisanal, modern concepts to old-school ice cream…

By Brett Zelman

Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company
3764 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland
Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company is dedicated to giving you a great family experience. Stop in, order some ice cream and play a game while you’re there.
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The Best Places to Eat and Drink Outdoors in Northeast Ohio Right Now

For those of us who love eating and drinking outdoors, there has never been a better time to live in Cleveland. And…

By Douglas Trattner

 The Fairmount
 2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 

Some of the toughest outdoor tables to snag on a beautiful evening are located on Fairmount’s chic back patio. In peak summer, this cheery urban oasis can feel like the center of the world. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant and outdoor bar are run with a kind of precision typically reserved for more upscale establishments. Little is overlooked: the beer list, wine list, craft cocktails, regular menu and daily features give locals and visitors countless reasons to return and linger.
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22 of the Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now

Having trouble finding a restaurant to go to this weekend? Wondering what you've missed this spring? We have you covered. These 22…

By Brett Zelman

 Immigrant Son Brewing
18210 Sloane Ave., Lakewood 

If you land in the camp of critics who believe, without much empirical evidence, that Cleveland has too many breweries, know this: Immigrant Son is not your typical brewery (nor is it in Cleveland). Equal attention has been paid to the four main elements of the operation – beer, food, service and setting – so that even if you don’t happen to fancy a frosty pint of crisp, clean, straw-colored Kölsch, you needn’t sit there and squawk. Lakewood’s super popular first and only brewery is a full-on brewery and brewpub, with equal emphasis placed on both the food and beer.
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All the Best Free and Super Cheap Things to Do in Cleveland This Summer

While the official start of summer won’t clock in until June, everyone knows true Cleveland summer starts when the shorts come out…

By Scene Staff

Swim at a Public Pool

 For those of us not lucky enough to have a friend with a pool, the region’s public swimming offerings are the next best thing. There are, of course, Cleveland’s public pools, but with erratic openings based on temperatures and staffing, they are hardly worth counting on. Luckily, you can snag a guest day pass in many suburbs where the water is warm and the beach chairs bountiful: Dragga Pool in Mayfield Heights will run you $10 as a non-resident, Walter’s Grove in Parma will cost you just $6, Parma Heights’ primo pool awaits for $8, Foster and Becks Pools in Lakewood will let you in for $5.50, and Beachwood’s absolutely stunning outdoor aquatic center will refresh and entertain you for $10.
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The 40 Essential Lakewood Restaurants in 2022

Lakewood has steadily become one of the best food neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio. Here are some of the places that you definitely…

By Brett Zelman

 Mahall’s 20 Lanes
1114 Center St., Lakewood

 Coming up on their 100th anniversary in a few years, this bowling alley, music venue, bar and restaurant was established by the Mahall family in 1924. It’s still one of the more happening spots in town.
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Photos From DonutFest 2022 at Red Space

After a year off due to COVID, DonutFest made its return to Red Space. The event features donuts (and coffee) from various…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From DonutFest 2022 at Red Space
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50 Cleveland Bars, Breweries and Restaurants Perfect for Day Drinking

If you want to grab a drink during the day, who are we to stop you? Around Cleveland, there are a ton…

By Brett Zelman

Beerhead Bar
1156 West 11th St., Cleveland

Beerhead has “beer, food and fun” in the form of, well, beer, food and various activities including live music and trivia nights. Most importantly, they open at 11 a.m., so you can slide up to the bar before noon.
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20 Fast Food Chains Not in Cleveland That Should Be

Cleveland finally got a Raising Cane's a few years back and there's actually now nine locations in Northeast Ohio. And now, with…

By Scene Staff

In-N-Out Burger - In 1948, the first In-N-Out Burger was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park, California. There are currently 358.
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36 Essential Cleveland Brunch Spots Sure to Make Your Weekend Better

In the last decade or so, weekend brunch has become almost as much of a culinary outing as a nice dinner. There…

By Brett Zelman

El Carnicero
    16918 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 
    Desayuno, as they in Mexico, is the most important meal of the day. As one might expect, the folks at El C give brunch a Latin flair, which is the most delicious flair of all if you ask us. Taking its name from the cryptozoological wonder that is the "goat sucker," the Chupacabra cocktail is a blood-red lid lifter made with bacon-infused vodka, spicy tomato juice and a rim dusting of chile-lime salt. You can't go wrong with the huevos rancheros, but consider taking the blue corn breakfast enchiladas for a spin. Inside the blue corn tortillas is tender ancho chile-braised beef brisket, scrambled eggs, black beans and Chihuahua cheese. Savory, corny griddle cakes are paired with Mexican Coke-glazed bacon, while Las Gachas is a comforting porridge of cheesy grits topped with shredded mole-braised lamb and sunny-side-up eggs. Don't forget the churros!
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This 3-Story Loft in an Historic Asiatown Building is For Sale for $850,000

In the heart of the city, this artist's loft just hit the market for $850,000. Located just minutes from downtown (1668 East…

By Brett Zelman

This 3-Story Loft in an Historic Asiatown Building is For Sale for $850,000
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All the Restaurants Participating in Cleveland Taco Week (May 9th-15th) and What They're Serving for $2

Because Taco Tuesday isn't enough! With Cleveland Taco Week (May 9th-15th), we're bringing you $2 Tacos from some of Cleveland's most popular…

By Brett Zelman

Bomba Taco + Bar
2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood and 19880 Detroit Rd., Rocky River

At two locations (2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood and 19880 Detroit Rd.,Rocky River), Bomba is offering three different tacos. The Smoked Piggy comes with BBQ pulled pork, crispy onions and Salvadorian slaw. The Yard Bird comes with chipotle marinated roasted chicken, pickled red onions and guacamole. The kale and corn taco comes with garlic kale, tomato, corn, cotija cheese, hot sauce and crispy potato strings.
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The Best Chicken Wings In Cleveland, According To Reddit

Reddit is a treasure trove of useful opinions and information, especially when it comes to recommendations around town. Recently, Reddit user PM_NICESTUFFTOME…

By Brett Zelman

 The Foundry
 11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 

 “I'll say The Foundry in Lakewood for best Bleu cheese sauce. They've got a handful of very hot sauces, but I dunno what'd qualify as the hottest,” GariisonC
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29 Hard-to-Get Restaurant Tables in Cleveland That Are Totally Worth the Wait

Forget "peak hours," most of these Cleveland hot spots always have a wait, or are booked during traditional dinner hours, and it's…

By Brett Zelman

12706 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland and 17 East Orange St., Chagrin Falls

 Following more than a year of construction, Carla Batista and Gustavo Nogueira recently opened the second location of their popular Brazilian eatery. Like the original, which opened on Larchmere in 2015, “Batuqui on the Falls” has repurposed an elegant residential building — in this case, a stately brick Victorian a short stroll from Main Street. Batuqui Chagrin features the same popular dinner menu starring authentic Brazilian dishes like Feijoada and Moqueca Baiana and an ongoing selection of specials and cocktails. Both are tough reservations to get, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly.
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All The New Cleveland Restaurants (And an Arcade Bar) That Have Opened So Far In 2022

Cleveland has said goodbye to plenty of restaurants during the pandemic years, but it's also said hello to a healthy batch of…

By Scene Staff

2038 East 4th St., Cleveland

 Owners Gabriel Zeller and Julie Mesenburg have reshaped the former Greenhouse Tavern space on East 4th into a shrine to independent music thanks to 100s of framed concert and tour posters. Diners can look forward to Southern-styled foods, many shareable, along with music-themed brunches.
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All the Restaurants Participating In Cleveland Mac 'N' Cheese Week (April 11-17) and What They're Serving

We’re bringing you $5 Mac 'n' Cheese from some of Cleveland's most popular restaurants! Cleveland Mac 'n' Cheese Week, which runs from…

By Brett Zelman

 49th Street Tavern 
4129 East 49th St., Cuyahoga Falls 

 The 49th Street Tavern will be offering a gouda mac n’ cheese for Mac ‘n’ Cheese Week. It’ll be served with house made gouda cheese, chicken and broccoli and topped with bacon.
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