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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

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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!

 

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

 

mulligatawny and barber shop mirrors September 26, 2007

Filed under: Cuisines,Dinner,Restaurant Reviews — jenniferferf @ 6:33 am
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Ohio City, the neighborhood surrounding Cleveland’s famed West Side Market, boasts its fair share of fabulous food options, and working in the area presents ample opportunity to sample the variety of foods available to food lovers unafraid of exploring this side of town.

So when a friend called mid-morning to suggest a lunch excursion to The Souper Market, on Lorain Avenue, across from the West Side Market, I jumped at the chance!

The Fabulous Souper Market is a tiny place with only a small counter to eat at – no tables. But their soup selection more than makes up for the lack of space inside!

First of all, every day they have two or three seasonal soups, in addition to about ten homemade soup selections, with about half vegetarian options. Soups like butternut squash and apple, corn chowder, pulled chicken noodle, jambalaya, and the famed mulligatawny.

Their salad menu is just as creative and fabulous as their soup! My favorite so far is the season’s greens salad, with nice fresh romane, tiny sweet cherry tomatoes and fantastic goat cheese, topped off with the most fantastic homemade lemon vinaigrette I’ve ever had. The asparagus salad is similarly fantastic, with fantastic slivers of parmesan and another yummy salad dressing to top it off.

I had never even heard of mulligatawny before, and I have been craving it since I tasted it a few weeks ago. This savory yellowy-green soup is an enchanting mix of ginger, coconut milk, curry, cumin, and tamarind, with potato, green lentils, and a little magic besides. A google search revealed that mulligatawny was made famous by Seinfeld, when Kramer mentioned that it was his favorite of the Soup Nazi’s soups.

Serendipitously, a visit to The Souper Market also yields another benefit. Aside from being right next door to a cool urban park at Lorain and West 25th Street, it is a few doors down from a fantastic old barber shop. When I go past, you can peek into the windows and glimpse the barbers busily at work tending to the men seated in two long rows of barber chairs, reading the newspaper and trading banter with one another, white towels draped around their necks, their faces reflected in the mirrors that I’m sure have lined the walls for generations.