A Guide to Dining, Eating and Cooking in Cleveland, Ohio

Gypsy Beans and Baking Company: Run by Gypsies? April 18, 2008

Filed under: lunch,Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 10:03 pm
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Gypsy Beans and Baking Company
6425 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
Phone: 216.939.9009

On Monday for lunch, I was determined to find decent takeout, having left my soup on the counter at home. With Dish Global Deli being closed Mondays, and having exhausted the menu selections at Souper Market, I ventured forth into unknown territory: the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

I ended up at the Gypsy Beans and Baking Company in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, west of downtown, near the public theatre. I’ve gone there twice before, and both times my attempts to get there were thwarted by the lack of parking due to the blizzard.

The atmosphere was a really cool local coffee hangout, but I definitely don’t recommend the lunch. The service was a little sketchy, and their menu selections were rather lacking.

The pizza was good until I figured out that the dough wasn’t cooked all the way through. (Do Gypsies eat pizza? Or salad? Or coffee, for that matter?) The lady serving me didn’t seem to know what they had from their menu that was available.

During the ten minutes I was in there, I had several cryptic conversations with her, which went something like this.

Me: “I just like to get something for lunch to go.”
Her: “What?”
Me: “I’d just like to get some lunch for takeout, please.”
Her: “Huh? What?”
Me: “To go. I want to get lunch to go.”
Her: “Oh.”

And then with the salad…
Her: “What kind of salad dressing would you like?”
Me: “I don’t know, Italian?”
Her: “Oh wait, we only ever have one kind.”

They did have an array of indulgent treats in their pastry case, including cookies the size of personal pizzas. All of the pastries were so unnecessarily oversized, however, that they were almost unappetizing.

Also, I might add that on their website, they call themselves a “bistro” with “the freshest seasonal ingredients prepared with worldly influences.” In what universe is marginally cooked, mediocre pizza a good idea? The only thing they had fresh was the iceberg lettuce in my salad. What kind of bistro is this???

Overall disappointing, but I’ll go back to try their coffee!

Gypsy Beans & Baking Co. in Cleveland


lucky’s cafe: lucky us! February 24, 2008

Filed under: Breakfast,Brunch,lunch,Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 7:43 am
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Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 622-7773

Lucky’s Cafe, located in the Tremont neighborhood, is an amazing weekend brunch place!

It’s a little disorganized – when you come in, you wait in line and order, then you have to fend for yourselves to try to get a table. It was packed for brunch when I was there on Sunday. Once you get your table, though, the service is friendly and the food is amazing!

I had the homemade granola with plain yogurt, honey, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango and apple. Loved it! The shipwreck was a tasty jumble of potatoes, bacon, eggs, cheese, etc. and the toast was super yummy and soaked in butter. The corn griddle cakes were super yummy too!

Lucky's Cafe in Cleveland


the best global deli in Cleveland: Dish Global Deli February 22, 2008

Filed under: lunch,Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 6:45 am
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Dish Global Deli
1834 West 25th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 589.9700

You might think that Dish Global Deli sounds like it would be the opposite of a meat lover’s paradise. And you’d be right.

This funky little spot on West 25th in Ohio City is the newest fantastic sandwich place as far as I’m concerned. The first time I walked in, the friendly lady behind the counter shook my hand and cheerfully introduced herself as Heather, the owner, and proceeded to make suggestions and answer my questions about the menu items.

While it offers many excellent-sounding vegetarian and vegan options, Dish has plenty to offer a hungry carnivore, including the Talk Turkey with turkey, provolone and apricot relish on pumpernickel; the Guilty Pleasure, with brie, avocado and bacon; and the Tastes Like Chicken with chicken, gouda, carmelized onion and fig jam.

Great veggie sandwiches, too: my fav is the Vegan Shmegan. It’s a grilled wrap with hummus, roasted red peppers, black beans and grilled tempeh. Ask to add feta – it adds a certain je ne sais quoi.

In addition to these great options, Heather always has great specials on the board. Right now, she has a roasted acorn squash filled with rice that looks really good.

One more thing – you must try the vegan chocolate chip cookies. Better than regular ones!

It’s great to have more fresh, healthy lunch spots open up in the area!

Dish Global Deli in Cleveland


Pointe Vecchio Point of View September 12, 2007

Visited Pointe Vecchio Italian Ristorante, which is quite a fancy establishment located on a viaduct on the West bank of Cleveland’s Flats district. We took a client there for a snack before her flight back to D.C. The location is probably one of the best in the city, with a beautiful view of Cleveland’s skyline and Flats district, blocked by only one new condo building. (Why are they building new buildings for condos when there are abandoned buildings all around? Not sure.)

The restaurant is very stylish, with beautiful marbletop tables and dark wooden chairs and linen curtains hanging at the open windows. It was breezy and lovely. They have a nice patio (with excellent heaters!) and I read that they have half-price drinks during happy hour during the week.

We didn’t have much time, so we ordered some wine and a large antipasto appetizer to split, and it couldn’t have been more lovely. The waiter brought out some excellent bread to dip in the herbed balsamic vinegar and oil, which was the perfect combination of flavors. The antipasto was a pleasant assortment of grilled and marinated vegetables, including some excellent eggplant, roasted tomatoes, roasted red pepper, some sort of spicy capicola ham, olives and marinated artichoke. I ate all of the olives.

The rest of the menu looked excellent, and I would love to go back there. It’s pricy enough, however, that I would only go back when someone else is paying.
At 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, the place was quiet, but by the time we left at 5:45, a good crowd of folks were gathering on the patio and at the bar for happy hour.