Cavaliers fans have been on quite a ride over the years. From crossed fingers (and lucky bow ties) at the NBA Draft Lottery to the joys of a curse-busting championship in 2016 — and, then, a quick reload fueled by savvy draft picks and one franchise-altering trade. Not surprisingly, Clevelanders stuck with the team through all the highs and lows. That’s just what we do.
Now, our Cavs are loaded with young talent and eager to leave their mark on the NBA. Gear up for 48 minutes of Donovan Mitchell breaking ankles, Darius Garland splashing threes, and Evan Mobley wreaking havoc inside and out. Why not take the whole weekend and bring your hoop dreams to life in The Land?
Tip off your basketball weekend at Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont for an authentically Cleveland start to the day. We’ll defer to Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on this one and recommend the cheddar scallion biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. It’s a must.
The Cavs’ championship parade in 2016 was something else. Over a million fans packed downtown streets for a party that none of us will ever forget. At The Emily Roggenburk Shop in Crocker Park, pick out one of her stunning aerial photos of that historic day. Talk about a perfect souvenir to rekindle that championship feeling from a whole new angle.
Stop by Great Lakes Brewing Co. for a glass of “The Wit Is Over”. This Belgian wit (or white beer) commemorates Cleveland’s miraculous comeback in the 2016 Finals. Originally called “Wit Till Next Year”, GLBC buried that old name for good after the Cavs’ title win. Or try “Easy Buckets Blonde”, a new GLBC x Cavaliers collaboration.
Be first through the doors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to fully soak in all the changes. Don’t miss the new Power Portal, an LED tunnel at the northwest entrance that welcomes fans with a unique mix of color, video and sound. Once you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, beat feet up to Sauce the City in Loudville for one of the best chicken sandwiches in The Land. Don’t forget the Sweet Dete Sauce.
No better place to catch the game than up with the diehards in Loudville. This area went from cramped to revamped — with more room, better sightlines and two of the FieldHouse’s new “Neighborhood” gathering spots. The new-look Cavs should score lots of points, so take your seat early and don’t miss a minute of the action.
Take a victory lap — and tip back a few celebratory drinks — on East 4th Street after the final buzzer. Pick from Flannery’s Pub, Society Lounge or even The Corner Alley for the perfect nightcap to another Wine and Gold winner.
Still recovering from last night? A trip to Goldie’s Donuts & Bakery in either Ohio City or Lyndhurst should do the trick. The whole menu is incredible, but their decadent Sour Cream donut just hits different.
LeBron James plays in SoCal these days, but he’s not forgotten here in The Land. Scope his impressive Size 16s from the NBA Finals at the Cleveland History Center. Those sneakers rank among our city’s top relics — a reminder of the Cavs storming back from 3-1 down to upend the Golden State Warriors.
Speaking of LeBron, the man loves a good taco. Have you seen his Taco Tuesday Instagram vids? We like where his head’s at. Hit up Barrio Tacos in the Gateway District — or several other NEO locations. Our pick? The Cowboy Taco (made with Coca-Cola marinated steak) off their weekend brunch menu.
Work off any pregame nerves at Pins Mechanical Co. in Ohio City. This hotspot offers a unique collection of games like duckpin bowling, pinball machines, foosball and indoor bocce courts. Plus, a wide selection of adult beverages to wet your whistle. And, if you’re feeling peckish, Pins partners with some of the best food trucks in the biz.
There aren’t a ton of back-to-backs on the NBA schedule anymore, so take advantage when they do pop up. Before tipoff, swing by the FieldHouse’s South Neighborhood for some pregame fuel at local faves like Saucy Brew Works, Greenhouse Kitchen or Market at the Fig. Or stop by the East Neighborhood for Symon’s Burger Joint, serving up local fave The Big Cleve Burger (with kielbasa) that’s basically like CLE in a bun. After that, let’s end the weekend with another big Cavaliers win.