Chowing Down, Cleveland-Style
Posted at 4:49 p.m. on July 8
Now that the Republican National Committee has elected to give Cleveland a star turn come 2016, it’s time for political operatives (and reporters) to begin debating the only thing that really matters during nominating conventions: Where we all gonna eat?
Granted, some would-be pundits and cash-strapped hacks may wind up wandering no further than whatever media-sponsored hangout keeps the complimentary drinks flowing that summer.
But we here at HOH are all about exploring C-Town to the fullest.
Which is why we asked Cleveland Magazine Managing Editor Kim Schneider for tips about navigating the city’s myriad dining and entertainment options.
Toughest tables in town: Per Schneider, those looking to make the most of their visit to the “Sixth City” may want to begin lobbying the gatekeepers at Lola Bistro, restaurateur Michael Symon’s take on New American cooking; The Greenhouse Tavern, restaurateur Jonathan Sawyer’s sustainably-minded flagship; Dante, restaurateur Dante Bocuzzi’s modern Italian kitchen; Melt Bar and Grilled, a grilled cheese mecca (Schneider *hearts* the pierogi-topped Parmageddon); and Trentina, Sawyer’s fledgling Italian venture.
Power Dining 101: Stalking decision-makers, Schneider suggests, requires staking out XO Prime Steaks, Johnny’s Downtown, Lago or Red, the Steakhouse.
Laying Low: Prefer to fade into the local scenery? Schneider suggests sticking to hangouts such as The Rowley Inn, Reddstone, Edison’s Pub, Prosperity Social Club, The Harbor Inn or The Flat Iron.
Get Outta Town: Fanning out into the ’burbs is required, Schneider says, in order to experience the likes of Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen (modern American), Flour (contemporary Italian), Peachtree Southern Kitchen & Cocktails (Lowcountry) and The Katz Club Diner (greasy spoon).
Beer Me: There is, in Schneider’s opinion, no shortage of terrific places to bend the elbow in Cleveland. She suggests bellying up to the bars at Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden Brewery, Tremont Tap House, Fat Head’s Brewery or The BottleHouse.
Cheers to Cleveland hospitality!