Get Ur [Food] Freak On
Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week Serves Up $33 Prix-Fixe Menus at 50+ Indie Eateries
By Lexi Hotchkiss
Good food and Cleveland are synonymous.
The city is a hotbed for culinary expression, thanks to an oh-so-impressive cost-of-living for top-notch chefs and their families; a growing millennial culture that prefers independently owned businesses; a rich ethnic heritage that values good homemade food; and the extensive availability of fresh and artisanal ingredients.
That sounds like some good lip service, right? Good thing our friends in the media agree. Friends like Travel + Leisure, New York Times, Thrillist, The Associated Press, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, FOX News, CNN, Food & Wine, Fodor's and Eater.com (among many others) have not only been putting Cleveland on their must-visit lists, but specifically calling out the city's amazing food scene.
Sounds impressive. Tastes even better—trust us.
So, where to begin your food-focused fiesta to C-town?
Consider the 11th Annual Cleveland Restaurant Week, which runs Oct. 1—15, 2016. Yeah, the term "week" is a little flexible here.
It’s basically one of the best opportunities to get your food freak on here in Cleveland.
Here’s the deal: For 15 glorious days, you can explore the city’s independent food scene at a fraction of the price. More than 50 restaurants (more than any other year) are offering three-course prix-fixe menus for $33.
That’s an app, entrée and dessert for just 33 buck-a-roos.
If you think this unique offer will have you dining inside corporately run chain restaurants with generic artwork, corny menus and mediocre noms, think again.
Cleveland Restaurant Week is put on by the Cleveland Independents, an organization whose goal is to protect, nurture and promote independent restaurants in Northeast Ohio.
That means you’ll not only be saving yourself a little coinage, but you’ll be supporting the little guys who, frankly, know how to cook up some serious food.
Better still, these indie eateries are located across the region. So, whether you’re rocking out your food fetish in the ‘burbs or getting your locavorian bad-self on Downtown, you’ve got options--delicious options.
There’s potato soup, Indiana Duck Breast and lemon meringue tart at Moxie, The Restaurant in Beachwood. Then, there’s the seafood chowder, lobster tail and chocolate mousse at Don's Lighthouse near Lakewood. Green papaya salad, Kim Chi Noodles and a sake tasting flight at B?c Asian American Bistro & Bar in Tremont are always good choices. Or, saltimbocca suppli, sweet potato gnocchi and hazelnut cake at Chinato Downtown.
Visit ClevelandRestaurantWeek.com to check out participating restaurants and menus.