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

Pier W May 31, 2011

Filed under: Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 8:15 pm

We went to check out Pier W’s happy hour on a Tuesday, and weren’t disappointed!

We split the clam chowder, salmon blt, and the mahi mahi tacos.  The clam chowder was great, but the salmon blt was amazing!  Nice grilled salmon with bacon and a mayo sauce on a challah bun.  Yum!  The only disappointment was the taco dish.  Was there fish?

For drinks I ordered the cucumber lemonade vodka, which was refreshingly cucumbery, and my dining companion ordered The Pier W, which was a little underwhelming.

Overall: Cleveland’s best date restaurant on the lake.  Expertly prepared seafood in a beautiful setting.

 

Wonton Gourmet February 16, 2011

Filed under: Dinner,Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 9:41 pm

Wonton Gourmet
3211 Payne Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114-4505
(216) 875-7000

We stopped at Wonton Gourmet on a recent chilly weeknight before seeing South Pacific at PlayhouseSquare.  With its proximity to the theater district and abundance of free parking, we often plan to hit up a new spot in Asia Town before catching a show at the theater.

Wonton Gourmet was great!  Friendly, prompt service, and excellent food!  We had the wonton soup to start, and then for entrees we ordered the Szechwan Chicken and Beef with Chinese Eggplant.  The beef dish was a little spicy, but both were excellent!

The atmosphere was your standard Chinese restaurant with one unusual feature: the large-screen TV in the back of the restaurant that was playing a Chinese variety show, which I can only describe as a variation on America’s Got Talent in Mandarin.  Everyone else in the restaurant was watching with rapt attention, so we tuned in, and it turned out to be entertaining!

Most entrees were $10 or less, and we enjoyed eating the leftovers for three days.  You could really do well to share a small appetizer and an entree.

I will say that the menus were a little confusing for this first-timer: there were three separate food menus, and by the time we left, I still couldn’t figure out how they were organized, but they also have helpful huge color photos on the walls that correspond to the numbers on the menu, so that helped, too.

We’ll be back, Wonton Gourmet!

 

Bar Cento gets rockin reviews and rockin ice creams August 1, 2008

Northern Ohio Live has rated one of my favorite late-night spots as the best in Cleveland! I’m excited about this, especially since Cleveland Magazine snubbed Bar Cento in their recent restaurant guide.

And, another sidenote that is completely blogworthy in and of itself…

Jeni's Dark Cocoa Gelato

Jeni's Dark Cocoa Gelato

On their dessert menu, Bar Cento has recently begin offering selections from my favorite ice cream place in the universe, Jeni’s Ice Creams!
A few weeks ago it was just a dessert special, but now it’s made its
way onto the regular dessert menu. They’ve been offering a variety of
flavors, including the Salty Caramel, the Black Coffee and the
Pistachio. Jeni makes creative gourmet ice cream, gelato and sorbet
from fresh, local ingredients. Trust me, it doesn’t get any better than
this. I wonder what it will take for Bar Cento to get my favorite
flavor combo, the Dark Cocoa Gelato and the Gravel Road? Jonathan Sawyer, are you reading this? :)

Since moving to Cleveland, I’ve really missed having a Jeni’s within
walking (and driving) distance from my house, and it’s practically
worth the drive to Columbus to eat Jeni’s. So I’m thrilled that one of
my favorite places in Cleveland has done the right thing by bringing
Jeni’s to Cleveland. Yum!

I love it.

 

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

 

Keep Me In Touch: Touch Supper Club March 16, 2008

Touch Supper Club

2710 Lorain Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44113

216.631.5200

Touch is a dance club known for its DJs and the Old School Hip Hop Night, a monthly throw-back to the height of 80s hip-hop music scene. On its website, this Ohio City spot bills itself as a “supper club” but I’d never seen anyone eating the food there before, so I assumed it would be your typical sub-standard bar food.

But what we didn’t know was that not only does Touch have a decent menu, but after a recent dining extravaganza there, they have my vote as one of the top 10 restaurants in Cleveland.

Touch’s menu features extensive wine and beer menus, including a wide variety of Belgian beers on tap. The entrees, generally nouveau american, ranged from roast chicken or pork filet to a burger.

I ordered and highly recommend the “Mac and Cheese,” which elevates the bland everyday dish to the opposite extreme. It balances the creamy Vermont cheddar and Cottswold cheese with nice cubed Taso ham and sweet green peas. Its leftovers even made an excellent breakfast the next morning!

I also highly recommend the hamburger, which comes with thin, crispy homemade Belgian frites and a homemade ketchup had me rethinking Heinz as my number one ketchup of choice.

Before dessert he brought us a very cleansing little amuse-bouche – a mini dish of homemade vanilla ice cream with a blood orange reduction sauce that was just right to cleanse the palate before our desserts arrived.

We ordered the Berries Foster dessert, a variation on Bananas Foster – that included delicious fresh berries over vanilla ice cream with a brown sugar, rum and cinnamon sauce.

Our attentive waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the food, wine and beer selections and was more than happy to answer questions and make recommendations for us. In short, eating dinner there was a like a really nice dream.

The one thing I will say, though, is that they need to update their restrooms. Somehow at a place that serves such amazing food, when you walk into the restroom it’s like using the restroom in a remote log cabin.

But other than that, every aspect of the evening was perfect, from the moment we walked in to the last bite of dessert.

Touch Supper Club in Cleveland

 

Movie Date: Bar Cento March 13, 2008

Bar Cento
1948 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

A group movie date at the Cleveland International Film Festival Sunday night had us looking for the perfect pre-downtown spot for dinner, and Bar Cento‘s delivered yet again.

Bar Cento is quickly becoming one of the best spots in Ohio City for a nice dinner or to grab a bite before going out downtown, or to spend a leisurely many-coursed meal. Chef Jonathan Sawyer‘s myriad creations include unfailing homemade pizzas with fresh ingredients, like the margherita pizza that features fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella cheese. The pizzas are very affordable, priced at $8 to $12 per pie, which is nearly big enough to share between two people or for one, with extra to take home. The pizza leftovers also double well as a breakfast the next morning.

We ordered the table share of Belgian frites, which are the perfect combination of salty, savory, potatoey and crispy. But my favorite part of the frites is that they come with three different sauces to dip them in: ketchup and homemade mayonnaise curry and horseradish sauces. Be aware, however: the frites are not vegetarian, but they are extremely addictive.

The beet salad ($8) is delicately composed of savory but sweet beets paired with gorgonzola, but I recommend ordering another of their salads if you don’t like smelly cheese.

Accompanied by a thoughtful selection of well-priced wines by the bottle, Bar Cento also serves great beers on tap as well as all the expected spirits.

The service is casual yet efficient, and the waitress happily provided separate checks for our table of eight, with no extra charge.

Worth going simply for the casual atmosphere, great prices and great homemade gourmet pizza, Bar Cento never fails to please.

Bar Cento in Cleveland

 

Le Petit Triangle Cafe: Ohio City Eats March 2, 2008

Filed under: Breakfast,Brunch,Chocolate,Cuisines,Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 10:29 pm
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Le Petit Triangle Cafe
1881 Fulton Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 281-1881

Le Petit Triangle Cafe is a creperie in Ohio City that’s definitely worth a visit! It’s this tiny little place, but the owner is really nice, and there about 40 crepes you can choose from, including savory and sweet. They’re really rich, though, so don’t go if you’re in the mood for healthy food.

The crepes are fluffy, and there is a good variety of interesting choices, including cheddar, chicken and chutney, as well as the traditional complet, ham and gruyere, and of course, nutella and strawberries for dessert!

It seems like it’s better for breakfast and lunch than dinner. I’ll definitely be going back!