IMO, good luck finding great pizza in CLE, with that being said I second Vincenzo's and Mama Santa's in Little italy. On the west side try Sweet Basil's. Bruno's is good for Italian American.
We're going down for a week to visit my parents, they usually have good picks but tend to stick with places they know and like. I'd love to get some recs on a decent place for brunch, sushi, wine bar/tapas, thin crust neopolitan pizza, and dessert. Any help on good places is greatly appreciated.
Stick to the neighborhoods
NearWest: Ohio City/tremont
Jonny Mango - great sangria, smoothies, they call themselves a juice bar and world cafe - great pad thai and brunch
Bar Cento - wines and really decent piza (which you will not find in cleveland)
Flying Fig - sit at the bar, go for cocktails and apps - but enjoy the homemade chips with wasabi dip - sooo good
Lelolai - just get the Cubano
Great Lakes Brewery - if you enjoy beer, go check it out
Lolita - get the salumi
Treehouse if its warm, sit outside - and if you're under 30 drink a stoli doli and order takeout from Edison's down the street
East Side/Little Italy
Presti's - coffee and cannoli
Jerome's - Polish Boy - the only place left (I think) that makes it
Thanks - I think its going to be Gibson's. I'll check out the menu at the Gage Any suggestions fro dinner nearby Second City?
For our daughter's 16th b-day we're taking her to Chicago. We're staying near Mag Mile - rented a condo on E, Huron. Here's what our schedule looks like so, I;d appreciate rec's around places we'll be plus she is a huge carnivore so a steakhouse is a must one night.
Arrive Sunday around 3:00
Dinner - open,
Tuesday - She LOVES Ferris Bueller's Day off - so we thought it might be fun to make a day out of paying homage to her favorite flick. Places i think we'll visit Sears Tower, Chicago Stock Exchange, and plan to do the Architecture Boat Tour so need lunch rec somewhere near the vicinity.
Wednesday - morning visit to Northwestern (working in a colleg visit)
I am going to stick strictly to Westlake, here are my rec's:
Viva Barcelona - excellent, don't let the location fool you. It looks like it's in an office building, it's in Detroit Rd.
If it were though I'd venture into the city snd head to Ohio City or Tremont and go to Flying Fig, Parallax, Farenheit, Fat Cats, Light Bistro, or Lolita. You will have an excellent meal at any of these, all of the chefs are very skilled and are big supporters of sustainability - many of their purveyors are local.
But by far the best meal you will ever have in Cleveland is at Johnny's on Fulton - near west side about a 15 minute drive from Westalke right off 90E, exit at W. 44th go right down about 1.5 miles on right side. Don't let the neighborhood scare you, it is so worth the trip.