Music + Food = Cleveland

February 4, 2015

Music + Food = Cleveland

A Side of Food With Your Music

Ah, yes. Food and music. Music and food. Two of life's greatest pleasures - a cataclysmic combination fit for a king.

If there was ever a place that could boast the best of both worlds, Cleveland's that place. 

From restaurants with rocker chefs to indie music venues serving tasty fare, we've got a handle on the best places to nosh while checking out our city's music scene.

Check these out...

The Beachland Ballroom

You know a visit to the Beachland Ballroom is going to be one you remember forever. This former Croatian social hall was magically transformed into one of Cleveland's most famous independent music clubs. Take a dance break from a rockabilly band or beloved local rocker to grab a rather unexpectedly tasty bite inside. Or, make it to Sunday Brunch to chow down on an award-winning menu whilst jammin' to local DJs and bands.

Crossroads at House of Blues Cleveland

From undiscovered local indie groups to major mainstream acts, the House of Blues Cleveland offers it all. But when it comes to food, the East Fourth Street entertainment venue shows its tastiest colors with a menu rich with American pride. Dive into the cornbread and maple butter or scarf a hot bowl of jambalaya at Crossroads before a show.


Full-time chef, part-time rocker, Chef Dante Bocuzzi's creative talents are evident in both his dishes and his music records. While he's got several eateries in Northeast Ohio including Ginko, Next Door, D.C. Pasta Company and Dante Bocuzzi, his most popular is probably Restaurant Dante located in a restored bank in the Tremont neighborhood. Here, folks nosh on modern American cuisine through the five-course tasting menu or by ordering a la carte.

Happy Dog

If you want the ultimate definition of "Cleveland," get to one of two Happy Dog locations in Cleveland. Opened inside retro, old-fashioned "working man" bars, Happy Dog offers live music and events every night of the week. But, often what draws the biggest crowds is the straight-up incredible hot dog menu created by James Beard nominee Chef Eric Williams. The menu consists of gourmet hot dogs with nearly 60 different toppings like homemade ketchup, Korean kimchi, garlicky escarole and something known as "alien" pickle relish. For the more adventurous, top your dog with Spaghetti-Os, fruit loops or chunky peanut butter.

Hard Rock Café

What better way to celebrate Cleveland's love affair with rock and roll than a visit to the Hard Rock Café. Conveniently connected to Tower City Center, the Hard Rock features an approachable all-American menu seasoned with rock music and loads of rock ‘n roll memorabilia.


The sweet, sultry sounds of jazz paired with a recently revived menu highlighting a rather sumptuous assortment of cured meats, fresh seafood and other hearty dishes. This is the stuff of the world-famous Nighttown, which features three bars including a nationally renowned jazz club. Check out a show at this 50-year-old institution and don't leave without trying the bangers & mash.

MUSE & The Lobby Lounge on 6

MUSE is a swanky-swank restaurant inside the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland and offers a white table-clothed experience complemented by beautifully delicious American cuisine. Before or after your upscale dinner, make your way to the Ritz's Lobby Lounge on 6 where you can sip their custom "Rocktails." A hit song from each year the hotel's doors have been open is the inspiration behind each themed cocktail. Try a "Bitter Sweet Symphony," drink in a little U2 and toast with an AC/DC Martini.

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box Supper Club

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box is Cleveland's newest upscale fine dining restaurant. Located right on the riverfront with unbeatable city views. Rusty Anchor at the Music Box will be open all summer long, 7 days a week starting on April 22nd, 2015. Happy hour will begin every day at 4 p.m. and dining will begin at 5:00 p.m. Menu focusing on seafood, steaks and chops, and drawing on locally sourced food products obtained through sustainable and ethical resources. Patio seating available right on the water!

Parkview Nite Club

Tucked away in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood sits a local gem known as the Parkview Nite Club. Take in a show on Saturdays or absorb the tradition behind their decades-old Blues Jam every Wednesday. The menu goes far beyond traditional bar food with raved-about options like country-fried asparagus, chipotle pork tacos and salmon BLT.

Prosperity Social Club

Good music. Tons of craft brews. Out-of-this world food. That's how many describe Prosperity Social Club, an old-fashioned bar turned hipster hangout in Tremont. Play some retro bowling, challenge your friends to old-school board games, listen to some great live tunes, tip back some suds and dine on a menu boasting Cleveland faves like ricotta pierogi and Hungarian stuffed cabbage.

Wonder Bar

East Fourth Street gets a little jazzy with Wonder Bar, a happening spot for tons of craft beer, fine cocktails and, of course, food. Try a traditional flatbread pizza or get a little wild with bacon-filled crepes and latke tacos.

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