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Cleveland culinary institutions like Chef Michael Symon’s Lola, Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s The Greenhouse Tavern and Sokolowski’s University Inn have all helped put our city on the map as a destination for world-class restaurants that drive foodies wild.
We’re not a city that rests on its laurels, so it’s no surprise that new dining experiences with fresh concepts – and even fresher flavors – keep popping up every day. Here are just a few of the amazing newly opened restaurants that have graced the CLE food scene.
Consider this Battery Park spot a “boi’s club” of sorts — with sandwich selections like the “Bonzo Boi” (a chickpea patty with all the fixings) and self-explanatory “Chicky Boi.” Dishes like Beer-Battered Celery Root and Fried Bologna Cheesesteak round out this menu of scratch-made, down-home American fare.
Located in Uptown, this Mexican spot offers science-inspired cocktails in beakers and molecular decor to sate the inner nerd in all of us. Street food-style tacos and classic fajitas round out a stellar menu, and a spacious patio beckons for when Ohio decides it’s time for warm weather.
Choose your own culinary adventure at Ohio City Galley, which boasts four emerging restaurant concepts and a communal bar. (Like a mall food court, but way classier and tastier.) From tacos (Poca) to rice bowls (The Rice Shop), this trendy food hall has something to please every palate.
Hong Kong’s street food scene has made its way to Asia Plaza with the opening of Ball Ball Waffle — hot off a successful stint at last year’s Cleveland Asian Festival. Delightfully chewy and novel to eat, these bubble waffles — aka “eggettes” — can be made sweet or savory.
Ta-ta, tacos, and hello, seafood! Taking over the Coastal Taco spot on the Flats East Bank, this trendy space overlooking the water perfectly suits Lindey’s nautical vibe. Attainably-priced with upscale swagger, the menu calls on familiar favorites from the original Beachwood location, like Lindey’s Lobster Roll, Crab Cakes and Gerber Farm Organic Fried Chicken.
At Rocky River-based Polpetta, “Chopped” champion Adam Bostwick and chef Brian Okin of Dinner in the Dark offer a meatball-centric menu of dishes like Sunday Supper (spaghetti and beef meatballs) or Nacho Average Meatball (chorizo meatballs) complemented by an array of cutting-edge craft cocktails.
Budget-priced, curated wine flights let you swill before you shop the 400-bottle inventory at this new Gordon Square spot. House selected cheese and meat boards, along with sweet snacks like caramel truffles and chocolate mendiants, provide the perfect accompaniment for this neighborhood wine tasting adventure.
Near Playhouse Square, Republic Food + Drink mixes modern interiors with former Cleveland institution Otto Moser’s memorabilia, while offering affordable pub fare guaranteed before curtain call. Start with the house special Avocado Toast or Pub Onion, topped off with the Chicken Pot Pie or Republic Prime Rib.
In the newly opened Van Aken District in Shaker Heights, a sprawling raw bar acts as the centerpiece of James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s newest restaurant. This neighborhood bistro offers an ever-changing seasonal menu built on the freshest local ingredients, from small plates like Charred Eggplant to larger plates like Wood Oven Roasted Octopus and Roasted Short Rib.
A Best New Restaurant finalist for the 2019 James Beard Awards, this Hingetown hot spot located in the Ohio City Firehouse blends modern gastronomy with the menu and methods of old-world Eastern Europe. Mouthwatering pastrami, lovingly crafted charcuterie and vegetable boards, delicious pastries and fresh baked bread are just some of the items you’ll find on a menu that is constantly evolving.
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