I'll have to check the place out! We travel to Columbus for ramen. The problem is which one to order -- kitsune or tanuki udon, or hiyashi chuka soba since it's so #$@# hot out! Thanks for the heads up.
I'm glad that Lago is not going anywhere. There was a coworker of mine that was devastated when I told her the news, but to look into it further, since she adores that place.
Oddly, even after 10 years I still haven't found time to eat at most of the restaurants that are in my backyard...so many places to go to outside of Tremont. :)
Your last sentence made me giggle. I feel that the types of restaurants that one would associate with "coat and tie" have more or less dwindled. Classics at the InterContinental Hotel has been replaced with the contemporary Table 45.
I take it Muse, in the Ritz-Carlton, was not to your liking...
If you're talking just about restaurants where one can easily spend $75+ for a great meal, Cleveland has had a lot of them opening (and closing) up in the past 8 years.
Ok, excluding all Asian restaurants...and restaurant chains (like Morton's).
In the city of Cleveland:
Not sure if these will count, since they are Pacific Rim or have a random mix of European and Asian in the menu:
Other places that are unusual (to me at least) but may not be what you're looking for:
Lots of links!
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel: Sans Souci Restaurant
Blue Pointe Grille
Muse at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
Vivo Restaurant & Bar
Blakes Seafood Restaurant: Westlake
Inter Continental Cnfrnc Center
I had not been to Phnom Penh's Lorain location in ~10 years. When I first visited their West 25th location, I had assumed they closed down the one on Lorain. Curiosity got the better of me, so we drove by the Lorain location 1-2 weeks ago and the place was shut down...for renovations, if I recall correctly. I don't remember the estimated date of completion.
This info isn't really helpful for the OP as the cab ride would be quite expensive and would take 30+ minutes to get to the Lorain location - but for those who were thinking about hitting the Lorain restaurant. I'd give it a month or two. :)
When I was last at Morton's (in Hawaii) years ago, there was a coat/tie requirement. Have they lowered that, or was that only for the dining room? That sounds like a great deal. :)
The desserts that people have mentioned are intriguing. I may have to stop in for dessert some time!
Shuhei was where I went exclusively for Japanese food when I first moved to Cleveland over 10 years ago, as it was the only Japanese place that I knew. The bulk of their Japanese food isn't very authentic at all. I am not very fond of most sushi so my eyes gloss over the sushi menu and gravitate towards the "other" menu items.
I tried to order gyudon, which was not on the menu, and felt it wasn't a very odd request because, ingredient-wise, it was similar to one of the other dishes they had on their menu (sukiyaki). The server came back to me and said, "I'm sorry, the cook is Korean and doesn't know how to make the dish you requested." I ordered the unajyu, since that's *impossible* to screw up -- other than burning the eel. :)
My husband ordered two dinner entrees for himself; the sukiyaki and something else. It came to him "stir fried" in one platter each. I refused to go back after that, since Japanese food does NOT consist of stir fries. This also confirmed why they were unable to make gyudon - they couldn't even make sukiyaki correctly!
I admit having very high, possibly too high?, expectations with Japanese restaurants in Cleveland, as far as authenticity, because my mother was from Japan and cooked Japanese food all through my childhood.
My husband, who isn't Asian, enjoys going to any restaurant that serves great tasting food, large selection, great service...AND makes me happy.
Nothing like eating across someone who is bickering about their dish throughout the meal. ;)
I've heard a lot about Matsu. I've been meaning to check them out for some time. I am crossing my fingers that they have decent curry rice! :)
I'm splitting hairs here, Phnom Penh is a Cambodian/Vietnamese restaurant. :) Although they serve pad thai as well.
Phnom Penh is great tasting and quite inexpensive. We usually pay less than $20 for dinner for two (2 appetizers and two entrees) + tip. I usually order the beef chha kreoung marass prowt (green/red peppers, peanuts, galanga, coconut, lemongrass, and lime) at medium heat. Husband usually orders the beef Asian basil fried rice at medium heat as well.
It's cash only.
What types of food do you like, and what do you hate? If you like ethnic, how authentic do you like your food? What price range per person is considered cheap (for a New Yorker)...say for dinner? :)
I have always wanted to try Empress Taytu, the Ethiopian place, since I moved here and bought the book, "Cleveland Ethnic Eats" (it's a great investment). For some reason, we've just never gotten around to it. How is that place?
(LOVE the Beef Basil at Mint Cafe!)
We'll have to check out Capri - at least for my husband's sanity. He loves pizza. Being lactose intolerant probably doesn't help me liking pizza much too. ;)
I knew I forgot a restaurant! Right near Johnny Mango (btw, interesting variety) is Kimo's Sushi on Fulton Rd in Ohio City, ~5 minutes from West Side Market. It's my favorite place to get Hawaiian food when I am homesick...it's the only place I can get Hawaiian food, actually. They serve it Fridays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner, but if you are going expressly to try the Hawaiian food, call before you go since Kimo caters luaus in the area, so if he's busy with that, he may not have time to make any "plate lunches" for the restaurant.
Kimo doesn't have a list of 48613 different sushi combos, but the sushi that he does make is done very well and priced nicely too.
My husband and I used to go to Minh Anh 3-5 times per week for a year until we had a really bad experience. My husband's pho had live crickets that he didn't order. It ended up in a shouting match since they wouldn't take the food back. I received the wrong order and sent the dish back. The server relayed to me that the cook had had it and that he wasn't going to make another order. Payment was demanded for the food we couldn't stand to even eat one bite of, so we grudgingly paid and left. We loved that place, but haven't gone back since. It was only my husband and I and 1 other party of 4 that were there, so it wasn't very busy either...
I think we have really bad luck with restaurants or maybe our expectations are just too high! :D
Welcome to the area!
There are clusters of great restaurants in neighborhoods like Tremont, Little Italy, University Circle, Shaker Square, and other places that slip my mind.
I've found Phnom Penh, where Lyn suggested above, to be quite tasty and spicy (Cambodian/Vietnamese) near the Westside Market. I'm sure you'll enjoy their chha kreoung marass prowt. I usually order it with beef, medium spicy. It is very inexpensive to eat there (cash only).
Lemongrass on Cedar Ave/Lee Rd in Cleveland Heights is a good Thai place to eat for quick, tasty, inexpensive, comes in large family-style portions...and catch a movie at the Cedar-Lee Theater next door. They typically play movies that are limited release/foreign films - where we saw the Bubba Ho Tep, Night Watch, The Host, etc. if you're into that.
Ty Fun on Jefferson Ave in Tremont is in my neck of the woods. Ambience is quaint. Pretty placesettings. The ?owner is quite meticulous about the place, keeping everything neat and clean. The food is presented nicely and tastes pretty good. Prices are fairly inexpensive. Alcohol is BYO.
#1 Pho on Superior Ave near Downtown Cleveland is probably your best bet with Vietnamese food, as far as variety, consistency, and flavor. There are at least 15 appetizers to choose from. The broken rice dishes are great. We frequent there maybe 2-3 times a week, and they're not a one trick pony. We frequently go in for an order of summer rolls and two bowls of pho, and walk out of there stuffed for less than $20.
For Korean, Seoul Restaurant on Pearl Rd in Parma has been a good experience. The service is great and they aim to please. You'll probably see it go by the name, Asian Cuisine, from the former owner. Although the Koreans I've spoken to who have gone to Seoul Hot Pot and Korea House said that there are no Korean restaurants worth going to in the greater Cleveland area. :(
When I'm forced to eat pizza, I prefer Donato's pizza. :) Had too much of thick, buttery crust (Chicago) pizza-pies while growing up, and I also don't like crunchy like lahvosh crusts.
The only Japanese restaurant that I can suggest, with clear conscience, is Shinano on Wilson Mills Rd in Richmond Heights. They've been able to accommodate any requests that I've made on, and especially off, the menu. Their sushi is pretty good too. Don't try the curry rice or ramen though. :( We have to travel to Columbus for that or make it at home.
Did the management at Siam Cafe change in the past 5 years? I took my father, who has spent years in Japan and Vietnam and traveled extensively in the region (Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, throughout China, and Korea) there when he visited Cleveland 5 years ago. He was totally dissatisfied with his crepe. I was so embarassed. My noodles were stuck together having sat for so long (this had happened previously). Nevermind making special requests like no onions. If the staff/cooks changed over, I might actually give it another try.
If he really wants NY style pizza and you're both from MI, why not have the wedding in NYC? I suppose a change in venue is probably too late at this point, as it's only a couple months away! Only your husband and a minority of people would know the difference between NY pizza and NY-style pizza...although this is coming from someone who dislikes pizza. :P
There's always: http://www.IWantNYPizza.com/
You'll probably have to spring for the oregano, crushed chili peppers, and parmesan. Oh, I haven't tried it for myself, so I don't know how NY this tastes/appears compared to standard thin crust mozzeralla pizzas that you can find everywhere in Cleveland -- there has to be at least 5+ pizza joints per square mile everywhere I drive in the city!
It's too bad your fiance's favorite pizza joint in NY probably can't make the pizzas and send it, even frozen. :( I'm sure it would be a first, when they hear the delivery address!
As for the beer, we have at least 5 microbreweries in area if the place you select doesn't have beer on tap, like Great Lakes Brewing Company, Crooked River, etc. or brewing your own as a special gift and you can even have your own labels printed. ;)
Congratulations and good luck! =) When things settle down, please let us know how everything went!
The roads are pretty torn up downtown due to construction. As a result, there are a number of detours, so I would suggest doing things within walking distance if you plan on eating near the time of the game.
Lola is still a great choice, if it is open when you are planning to eat. They are closed outside of standard meal hours and open back up at 5 p.m. nightly. I don't believe they serve lunch during the weekend.
House of Blues isn't bad for a quick, less expensive meal, and they are open all day every day.
With clients...I wouldn't suggest Table 45. It won't be the game winning run unless your clients are more impressed with the restaurant layout and place settings than content.
The service was good. However, the friend I had gone with had a horrible dining experience from the food to the service, or lack thereof. It may have been because they had only been open for 1 month. It took much convincing for her return just to satisfy my curiosity. At best, they had opening month jitters and everything is now running well, at worst they are inconsistent.
The prices aren't bad ($25-30/person for lunch). I tried the pho and was horrified. It should have been called Asian mushroom noodle soup. It was a plain-stock soup with shiitake, tomoshiraga somen, meatballs, and cilantro. Nope, no basil, lime, or bean sprouts. No hint of cinnamon or anise. I should have gotten the nan. The (porcini risotto with) sea scallops were pretty tasty and cooked perfectly.
I suppose it depends on the clients. If they are open to ethic food or only want to eat steak/potatoes. When coming to Cleveland, I would show off our regional cuisine or restaurants that are unique like the restaurants in Tremont (more so), Shaker Square, University Circle, Warehouse District, etc. like Parallax, Lago, Fire, That Place on Bellfower (although it's been years since I've gone there), Sergio, and Blue Pointe Grill.
I agree that Moxie is a nice place, and Blue Point Grill is one of the best restaurants in Cleveland...too bad we're not known for our seafood. :)
When I scanned through a few responses, I was surprised. One would get the gist that there are no restaurants around Jacob's Field. But with Italian, steak, and pizza as your focus, it significantly pares down the selection near the Gateway and Warehouse Districts.
- Lola is a great place for creative American food that tastes AND looks great. http://www.lolabistro.com/
Other places I have not gone to but have heard ppl in the office enjoy:
Little Italy (area) on the east side is a bit far for decent Italian, unless you have a car (10-15 min from Downtown)...and depending on where you're from, I'm not sure there will be a great pizza restaurant here for you. :) However, if you do have a car, Shaker Square (~15-20 min from Downtown) has a couple of restaurants that are great and have menu items that meet your specs, like:
Oh by the way, was this $100/person or $100/couple? :)
I am not a huge fan of celery, so for years I've used the leaves and tops of stalks, and tossed the stalk when it is called for in soup/stews.
As an aside, my hatred for cilantro of all types goes beyond my hatred for garlic and onions, since I will at least eat garlic and onions if and only if they are thoroughly cooked and don't have any crunch left. At restaurants, I re-send dishes to the kitchen that previously had cilantro merely picked out of the dish by the kitchen staff because it's essence truly overpowers.
I realize this may sound spoiled to some, but if I specifically state at a restaurant that I do not want certain ingredients that haven't been incorporated into the body of the dish (read: premade), I'm paying for those items not to be in it. *shrug* Even cooked cilantro, quite frankly, ruins the natural essence of any dish it is in. It may be because I have a preference in preparing my food (meat, seafood, vegetables, grains) steamed, unseasoned, and unsalted. :) Yeah, I'm of Japanese descent, big surprise. :P
In my previous post, I forgot to mention Kimo's Sushi on Fulton just past West Side Market. We usually order their California and shrimp tempura maki sushi, as well as Kimo's spin on inari sushi (he adds imitation crab salad to it, which surprisingly works!). Their sushi is pretty good, but what sets them apart is that on most Fridays and Saturdays, you can get local Hawaiian "plate lunches" (available for lunch and dinner). It includes teriyaki chicken, kim chi, kalua pork, potato salad, white rice, sweet potato, and haupia for dessert. It's outstanding. The udon isn't bad either.
Ooh another restaurant for us to try! We haven't tried Fujiyama. Do they have items other than sushi, sashimi, and hibachi items? What do you think of Fujiyama compared to the other Japanese restaurants you've been to?
At Shinano, I really enjoy their tempura donburi (ten-don). Their gyudon is pretty good. I also like their croquettes. These are not on the menu. The unajyu is really good, if you like Japanese-style eel - not sure if it's on the menu or not. I have yet to meet someone who said they hated eel after trying it for the first time. Sorry it's a little hazy what is on/off the menu since I don't really look at the menu. :(
To start, I order the Volcano roll each and every time - it's a California maki base, with cooked scallop, tako, mixed with Japanese mayo, and tobiko topping. The salmon skin maki is quite delicious. I like their gyoza(dumplings) and usually order it to come during dinner instead of as an appetizer since the flavor detracts from the sushi, if you know what I mean. Their sukiyaki is good, as well as their salmon teriyaki teishoku(box set). I wouldn't recommend the curry with rice, it's rather bland. Dinners come with salad and miso soup - unless you order ramen.
Other Cleveland Japanese restaurants I've tried: Shuhei, Sakura(strip mall at Great Northern, N Olmsted - best ramen-ya in Cleveland at the time, but closed down ~10 years ago), Ginza, Daishin, Sakura(Brecksville, haven't tried the one in Lakewood yet), Benihana, Sushi Rock, Otani, ... I think that might be it. I wasn't living here when Shujiro was open - I've heard a lot of good things about that place. I've been meaning to try Matsu and Pacific East, but haven't gotten around to it for one reason or another. When I go to Coventry, going to Mint Cafe and BDs Mongolian Barbecue always tempt me away from going to Pacific East. :P Of the lot I've tried, I'll never go back to Daishin and Shuhei because they're the most fake Japanese restaurants in the area.
Restaurant Hama compared with other Japanese restaurants in other US states...hmm. For the price, quality, and service, Hama is pretty good (compared to the Japanese food I've had in San Francisco and Honolulu). There is a very high Japanese concentration in those two cities, so more effort needs to be made to stay in business that it's an almost unfair comparison. Oh, if you ever find yourself with a layover at Detroit Metro airport, there is a Japanese restaurant that isn't bad at all. :)
Relatively recently, Hama's menu began serving Korean food, which at first really disappointed me. I've recently gained an appreciation for Korean food so I need to try it there. They serve what you'd expect - kim chi ramen, bulgogi, kalbi, etc. I've been discouraged by Korean friends NOT to try Korean restaurants in Cleveland. When I try the Korean food at Hama, my comparison will be with food made at someone's house and restaurants in Honolulu.
Wow, I didn't realize that! That makes sense!
Sorry for the late response. I just found this website 10 minutes ago. :) I've actually been looking for a good bowl of traditional ramen in the NE Ohio area as well, having been raised primarily on Japanese food.
Shinano (across from Richmond Mall) is the *only* Japanese restaurant I enjoy eating authentic Japanese food. I would not recommend them as having the best ramen in NE Ohio, but it's close to Mayfield. =) However, I can order Japanese dishes that are not on the menu, unlike the other Japanese restaurants I've been to in Cleveland (Downtown/east/west/south side) where the cooks are not Japanese and have no clue how to prepare Japanese food other than what recipes are under their nose; Shuhei is a prime example of this.
Unfortunately, the best bowl of traditional Japanese ramen closest to NE Ohio thus far has been in Columbus, at Restaurant Hama in Easton Town Center. :) Their sushi is quite delicious as well, and they have the best traditional Japanese curry w/ rice in Ohio - hands down. Check them out when you have the time and want to visit a really nice shopping center!
I've always found rating pho to be really difficult. The flavor varies from restaurant to restaurant. Not being an expert on Vietnamese cuisine, my best guess is that it's dependent on regional cooking styles. #1 Pho has a strong cinnamon flavor, whereas Minh Anh has a more floral flavor. Superior Pho, formerly Pho Hoa, is right in the middle. I prefer the flavor of Minh Anh, but had a very serious incident there where my husband and I walked out without eating the last time we were there 6-8 months ago. #1 Pho and Superior Pho are great because they have a menu that is *worth* eating and aren't just one trick pho/bun ponies. I haven't gone to Phnom Penh(Cambodian/Vietnamese) in many years to comment on the 'pho' they serve. Tea House Noodles may have improved since the last time I went when they were at the old Arcade downtown...I'll have to check both of those restaurants out some time! :)
Somewhat off-topic, the best bowls of Japanese noodles I've had are at Jimbo in Honolulu. That restaurant stop is a must on my trips there, as well as To Chau (pho) and Sorabol (Korean food).