TGIF! It’s Friday, and you know what that means. It means a lot of things. It means WHERE are we going to go for dinner? Today I’m sharing my TOP 5 places that I frequently visit so you have a menu of options this weekend!
Cleveland has been called a “Foodie” town. Here’s why…
1. West Side Market
Cleveland’s OLDEST public market opening in 1912, this place has been featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and has had numerous visits from Adam Richman, Michael Symon, Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray. In 2008, the West Side Market was designated as one of “10 Great Public Places in America,” and it continues to be an AMAZING place to eat crepes, bratwurst, gyros and crazy good bakery.
In 2010, he was honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs. Chef Sawyer has also made national television appearances including Iron Chef America, Dinner Impossible, Unique Eats, and Best Thing I Ever Ate. Chef Sawyer is also a finalist for the James Beard Awards, Best Chef: Great Lakes.
I bet you recognize Chef Goodman from being a featured sous chef in Kitchen Stadium on Iron Chef America. He was named one of Restaurant & Hospitality Magazine’s 9 to watch!
From the name of the restaurant you “get” that this place is “green” and local. Even the spirits they use are local!
3. Li Wah
Yum. Crazy authentic Dim Sum. Located in Asian Plaza where you can dine, shop and be part of local events. I am SO excited to check out their Chinese New Year’s festivities. I bet that will be a blast and the food will be very nom-nom-nom.
An afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art followed by a meal at Provenance just might be the most sophisticated way to spend a day. Also, their light bar menu is carefully chosen to offer unique and high quality items. Chef Douglas Katz created a locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine and a prix fixe menu that complements current museum exhibitions.
5. Fire Food & Drink
My first love is brunch. That’s how Fire Food & Drink and I met. Their homemade cinnamon rolls are an obsession for many. Besides brunch, their lunch and dinner menu are equally delish. From popovers to homemade pickles to items like Hawaiian moonfish…this place will NOT disappoint. They support local farms, local businesses and use local meats whenever possible and use only sustainable seafood.
Where are you headed this weekend for dinner? If you’re not from the CLE, which one of these restaurants would you be the MOST interested in trying if you took a road trip to Cleveland?