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CLE Hounds -- asking for your Italian recs...

Thank you to all who've replied -- appreciate the La Campagna rec...trying to stay within CLE proper for my dinner with Sis...but I'm going to try that place myself!

Apr 30, 2013
billygoat in Great Lakes

CLE Hounds -- asking for your Italian recs...

Sister coming into town from LA (she left CLE in '78 and doesn't return often...and when she does it's always family-only time!). This trip in she will have extra time and wants to go for Italian in CLE (dinner/Friday in May) -- my first thoughts were Bruno's or Johnny's (Fulton). And by the way, she chiefly likes unique places -- guess that's why I threw Bruno's and Johnny's out there...so what do the CLE hounds think?...sure I'm missing more than a few and will appreciate the recommendations! Thanks in advance!

Apr 28, 2013
billygoat in Great Lakes

A first time visitor to Cleveland

Hi Lanyboy -- Welcome to CLE!..you should get some great recommendations from the CLE chow board members. But give us some basic info; where will you be staying?, will you have transportation when here?, when are you arriving?, etcetera. It always makes it easier to pinpoint places and suggestions when the above information is known!...and I'm sure you'll receive many great ideas for your upcoming visit!

I wont leave you totally hanging, though -- best corned beef in CLE...Slyman's and it would qualify in the Diners category...if dining in, be prepared for a frantic/manic experience! http://www.slymans.com/

Jan 23, 2012
billygoat in Great Lakes

hubby is traveling to Independence Ohio, good dining options please

Not to disparage anyone, but Blue Canyon is not close to I-77/Rockside -- Lockkeeper's however, is nearby and offers a good experience. I think it really depends on how much of a foodie your husband is AND if he wants to drive a little farther from his homebase. If so, I'd agree with RNR'er -- he will have a more unique dining experience at her recommendations. I'd also add Flying Fig to the list -- in the OhioCity/WestSideMarket area.

Jan 09, 2012
billygoat in Great Lakes

hubby is traveling to Independence Ohio, good dining options please

He could, however, there are options nearby Independence. Will he be staying at a property on/near Rockside Road/I-77? If so, he could visit Delmonico's (steak house) hrcleveland.com/delmonicos which is one of a local chain's (5 outlets) restaurants. They are located in the heart of the formerly referenced area. Head West on Rockside (about 5 minutes) and he'll find Corleone's (Italian) corleonescleveland.com. Both of these are fine choices if he wants to dine nearby...as for your references to other (yet farther away...~15 minutes) establishments, you've referenced many, fine locations. I'll let others chime in...

Jan 08, 2012
billygoat in Great Lakes

Cleveland recs

RnR'er -- Thanks for the X/X chrom heads up! ;)

Oct 29, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes

Cleveland recs

Chiming in to agree with RnR'er...Great Lakes is a great place for a beer -- or two! And they just tapped this year's Christmas Ale (I'm not big on this genre of beer but some are!) so worth a stop. I would, however, suggest hitting Flying Fig which is across Market St. from Great Lakes. Karen Small and crew consistently crank it out -- I like to dine at the bar and order small plates...it can be (sometimes) a lively and somewhat spirited room, but I'd highly recommend. As for RnR'ers other suggestions...I'd second -- he routinely provides great CLE food/dining advice!

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Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Oct 26, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes

Nashville hounds...advice needed...

OK here's the drill. Seven guys from the Midwest headed to Nashville (mainly for a long, live music weekend) are in need of a spot for dinner on a Friday evening. Looking for good food and a better than good wine list (a few oenophiles in the group!). I've perused the threads and am trying to drill in a little more...we're not a loud group but were not going to be sitting there sipping our wine either! A lively setting would probably make the most sense for the troop...all and any suggestion would be appreciated! We're staying near 18th and Broadway...although transportation is not an issue...more concerned with getting the place right!

Cleveland - dog friendly restaurants/bistros/bars?

You may want to try Felice on Larchmere in the Shaker Square area -- I've been there dining twice on the patio and others have had dogs with them. Not sure if this is policy or if these persons were friends of the owner, but both times the dogs were well-behaved. As for Felice, they have a great patio and a fairly inventive menu; a very neighborhood feel (the restaurant is in a converted area home)...have dined there a handful of times with zero complaints and good memories.

12502 Larchmere Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 791-0918
www.coolplacestoeat.com/felice.html

Sep 10, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes

Help needed near Cleveland Airport

Second for TBK in Strongsville; excellent beer selections (theirs and others from across the country) and good food; far better than average 'bar' food.

Sep 05, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes

Hard to find Soapstone for countertops in Ohio

Tomlyn -- I've heard the manufacturers term 'leather' used before but am not sure of the finish/grit level used to achieve. The lack of shine...that why I figured you liked soapstone; there's a stone called sodalite that people like for counters/tables...same problems with softness though. All in CLE -- there is a supplier's yard (Universal Granite & Marble) located in (?) Oakwood Village. You'd probably need credentials (designer) to get in, but they'd have a pretty complete selection of what's out there. Virginia Tile in Beachwood is also great for seeing and staying current with substrates and trends.

Mar 18, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes

Hard to find Soapstone for countertops in Ohio

Tomlyn -- Makes sense and I figured this (shine vs. dull/soft) would be a response. Most Americans like a shiny finish on their stone whereas Europeans tend to want a less shiny finish...I'm generalizing but this seems to hold fairly true. For future reference, stone may always be finished to be less shiny -- what we know of as shiny is a finish (diamond) of 600+ grit (standard scale). Stone can be finished to what is called 'honed' which equals ~400 grit...this will appear satiny to the eye -- not reflective/shiny. All granite, marble, et cetera may be finished to this level...all it would take is asking the fabricator or supplier.

Mar 17, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes

Hard to find Soapstone for countertops in Ohio

Curious to ask all on this thread as to their main reason(s) why they'd like soapstone. My curiosity is based on my college background (Geology) and also having been in the natural stone products field for a portion of my working life. Not (directly) in the industry currently, however, I am in the home remodeling field and may be able to shed some light and knowledge on the subject of counter top substrates.

Mar 15, 2011
billygoat in Great Lakes