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In Cleveland, we’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.
World-class experiences without the world-class ego.
Here in Cleveland, we’ve got beef cheek in our pierogi, truffles on our hot dogs and beer in our donuts. Balance.
Whether you’re into the thread count of your linens or just a place to crash for the night, we’ve got a hotel room with your name all over it.
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Back in the 1980s, Cleveland's restaurant scene left a little — no, make that a lot— to be desired. Then came Chef Zack Bruell.
A Cleveland native and multi-year James Beard Award semifinalist, Chef Bruell learned classic French cooking techniques at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia and immersed himself in the emerging California nouvelle trend under famed Chef Michael McCarty in Santa Monica.
The godfather of fusion cuisine in these parts, Bruell gave us meat and potatoes — but in a newfangled way. Since those early days, he's introduced one winner after another becoming the only Cleveland chef to have had 10 successful restaurants within the city. To top that off, he's got a restaurant-style catering and events company called Zack Bruell Events. And that's just scratching the surface.
When Bruell opened Table 45 inside the Intercontinental Hotel & Conference Center in Midtown in 2007, Esquiremagazine dubbed it "one of the most strikingly modern in America." Two years later, he made the "Best New Restaurants" list again with L'Albatros, a brasserie-style gem in University Circle.
Bruell also operates Parallax (Asian fusion) in Tremont, Cowell & Hubbard (French) in Playhouse Square, and Dynomite Burgers in Progressive Field and Playhouse Square.
More recently, Bruell debuted Exploration (fast casual) inside the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Alley Cat, a waterfront oyster bar in the Flats East Bank.
While Bruell's restaurants vary widely from French and Italian to oysters and burgers, common threads connect the menus.
Bruell is known for tweaking age-old classics to local tastes and using ingredients people wouldn't typically cook at home. So when the menu offers a beet and beef cheek salad, go for it. Or pappardelle with creamed cauliflower, pecorino and pepperoncini. Or sauerkraut, smoked pork chop, sausage and pork belly. Sounds kind of weird. Tastes kind of magical.
No single menu item is repeated among his restaurants. No matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed, except that you can’t eat more.
A waterfront restaurant in the Flats East Bank entertainment district features open spaces and expansive views of the Cuyahoga River and seasonal open air dining. A two story restaurant available for events and can accommodate up to 240 guests.
Chef Zack Bruell's reincarnation of the former Cowell and Hubbard jewelry store is located in the heart of PlayhouseSquare. Guests can expect their French inspired dishes to also carry influences from around the world. Each plate can be considered a culinary "gem" to be remembered.
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Chef Zack Bruell's latest restaurant is his take on fast casual. This new gourmet burger stand, located in PlayhouseSquare, offers fresh made to order favorites. From burgers to shakes, beers, guests can always expect "Good Times" from Zack's latest venture.
A chic brasserie, amid the setting of a rustic 1800's carriage house located in the heart of University Circle. Chef Zack Bruell brings a refreshing twist to classic French cuisine.
An Asian fusion experience in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Chef Zack Bruell has created an Asian inspired menu that emphasizes his culinary excellence and unique style. Their focus on fresh ingredients can be seen throughout their menu from hand rolled sushi to carefully crafted cocktails.
Sleek cosmopolitan dining experience featuring world cuisine in an essentialist decor with private chef's table in the kitchen, VIP tables, welcoming bar and impeccable service.