As Seen on TV

May 8, 2014
As Seen on TV

Restaurants in Cleveland Get National Attention

Whether you are a die-hard food show junkie or someone that defines a "hot spot" as being seen on TV, Cleveland has you covered. The city's culinary scene has had lots of love from the culinary television world over the years.

Most people with a pulse have heard the infectious laugh and meat-musings of Cleveland's own Iron Chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC's "The Chew."  Visitors can try Symon's menus first-hand at his flagship restaurant Lola, Mediterranean bistro Lolita or B Spot burger and brat joints. 

Symon has also created his own Cleveland restaurant guide of sorts by weighing in on several "Best Thing I Ever Ate" segments for the Food Network.  He's shown off his love for the beef jerky at J+J Czuchraj Meats, chili and cheese po boys at Seti's Polish Boys, corned beef hash at Big Al's Diner, hot dogs at the Happy Dog, sage and bleu cheese guacamole at Lopez Southwest Kitchen, lime fizzes at the Velvet Tango Room and gravy frites at The Greenhouse Tavern.

Speaking of The Greenhouse Tavern, its chef/owner Jonathon Sawyer has also made national television appearances on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America," "Dinner: Impossible" and "Best Thing I Ever Ate." He was also on Cooking Channel's "Unique Eats."

Fans of the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", may remember Guy Fieri's visits to Momocho, a modern Mexican favorite known for its creative margaritas and guacamole; Sterle's Slovenian Country House, home of Wienershnitzel and live polka music; Geraci's, a family-owned pizza and Italian restaurant; Melt Bar and Grilled, a grilled cheese mecca; and Lucky's Café, for its cheddar scallion biscuits and gravy.

Travel Channel host Adam Richman and TV's travel extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain each visited BBQ landmark Hot Sauce Williams, known for its ribs, fried chicken and kielbasa Polish Boys.

For her "$40 a Day" Food Network show, Rachael Ray highlighted the towering corned beef sandwiches at Slyman's Deli; the homemade Italian sauces and gnocchi al burro at Trattoria on the Hill; the beer sampler at Great Lakes Brewing Company; and some healthier options at the vegetarian-friendly Tommy's Restaurant.

The list continues to grow as culinary shows are filming in Cleveland all the time, so stay tuned.

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