ClevelanDish

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

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

Advertisements
 

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
Tags: , , , , ,

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
Tags: , , ,

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
Tags: , , , ,

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.

 

we’ve got a bridge that swings September 16, 2007

Filed under: Random Cleveland Stuff — jenniferferf @ 6:36 am
Tags: , , ,

Yesterday afternoon I was driving around in the flats with Steve and Rachel and we happened to be about to cross the red swing bridge, when it started gearing up and swinging into action! What started out as a slightly boring (to them) drive around downtown looking at cool bridges suddenly turned into a fantastic opportunity to see this thing in action.

I had heard about this swing bridge thing from some coworkers, but didn’t really understand what people were talking about, because honestly, there are a ton of weird-looking bridges in the area. So the deal with this one is that when a big boat needs to go through on the river, the guy in the little hut on top pushes a button, and the whole bridge turns on this passive pivot in the middle!

It’s quite a sight to see! We stood there and watched as this thing turned and stopped parallel to the river, and then this massive, long, huge boat came through around the curves of the river! It was so long that it reminded me of the beginning of Spaceballs, where you see the spaceship, and it keeps going on for a ridiculous amount of time.

Anyway, it took at least ten minutes for this massive boat to come through, and the bridge swung back around, and the backed up traffic got on its merry way.
According to the Flats Oxbow Association, it’s called the Center Street Swing Bridge, was built in 1901, and is the only one left, which means that there used to be more! It’s the red bridge in the top right of the picture below. Who knew bridges were so interesting?

And there’s another great photo of the swing bridge at the website of the people that built the bridge, King Bridge Company. Scroll down once you get there to read more!

 

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.