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Restaurant Recommendations

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by drizzt3117, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. SField

    SField Senior member

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    Now that I think about it, Cleveland has some pretty great culinary offerings as well. Lola, of Chef Michael Symon fame, will not lead you astray at all. Just fantastic.

    I make it to Cleveland every few months, so I try to maintain a short list of restaurants to check out. Flying Fig is next in queue, I believe. Any other recommendations? I hear good things about Light Bistro.

    I used to hate to really despise that city, but, since dating my current girlfriend who is originally from the mistake by the lake, I've grown to appreciate it much more. It has a lot to offer, the only problem being that it feels so god damned fractured. There are plenty of really cool neighborhoods, each with interesting shops and restaurants, but they're spread apart by considerable distance. It's very much the kind of city that it's necessary to own a car in due to a 20+ minute to commute to everything. I try to be more of a walking, biking, public transportation mindset.

    If Coventry, Little Italy, Ohio City, and Tremont were all side by side, I don't think I'd mind living in Cleveland. My day-to-day would probably consist of chocolate malts at Tommy's, $2 spinach bread at Presti's (a total steal), cannolis at Corbo's, a fair priced dinner at Lolita, and a few pints at Great Lakes.

    EDIT: I neglected to mention cocktails at Velvet Tango Room. Oh man, VTR.


    Little italy in Cleveland is pretty massively overrated. A lot of Presti's baked goods are subpar. The lines are out of this world. They can have 20 people on staff and still take forever. Corbo's pepperoni bread is great, but most of their baked goods are quite subpar. For food, Valerio's, Gusto's and Il Bacio are good (as is Michaelangelo). The rest of it is garbage and could be found in any second rate suburb in Scottsdale AZ.
     


  2. ChicagoRon

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    Little italy in Cleveland is pretty massively overrated. A lot of Presti's baked goods are subpar. The lines are out of this world. They can have 20 people on staff and still take forever. Corbo's pepperoni bread is great, but most of their baked goods are quite subpar. For food, Valerio's, Gusto's and Il Bacio are good (as is Michaelangelo). The rest of it is garbage and could be found in any second rate suburb in Scottsdale AZ.
    Dude... check out Baricelli Inn in Cleveland's Little Italy. They have their own affinage and present the most wonderful cheeses many of which have been aged on site. The service there is also top notch. Although it is not a traditional Italian restaurant, it is technically in that neighborhood.
     


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    Dude... check out Baricelli Inn in Cleveland's Little Italy. They have their own affinage and present the most wonderful cheeses many of which have been aged on site. The service there is also top notch. Although it is not a traditional Italian restaurant, it is technically in that neighborhood.

    I always thought it was also a hotel. I ate there once. I think it was osso bucco, and I liked it. Ironically, the best italian restaurants aren't really technically in little italy (which is now basically 2 blocks of Mayfield). Il Bacio, Michaelangelo's and Baricelli Inn are more Murray Hill, and people don't even consider them little italy. That little corner has some great food, probably some of the best available in that city aside from Tremont and other parts of the west side.
     


  4. ChicagoRon

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    I believe Baricelli does have a B&B of sorts... I don't think it's a very large hotel, but I believe you can stay overnight. It's a pretty big mansion.
     


  5. Huntsman

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    If you're ever in the city, feel free to get a hold of me and I can show you around if you'd like. That offer is extended to most everyone interested. Most everyone except Huntsman, he's left to suffer the mean streets of Cow Town on his own.
    And what did I ever do to deserve, that, hmmm?
    Now that I think about it, Cleveland has some pretty great culinary offerings as well. Lola, of Chef Michael Symon fame, will not lead you astray at all. Just fantastic. I make it to Cleveland every few months, so I try to maintain a short list of restaurants to check out. Flying Fig is next in queue, I believe. Any other recommendations? I hear good things about Light Bistro. I used to hate to really despise that city, but, since dating my current girlfriend who is originally from the mistake by the lake, I've grown to appreciate it much more. It has a lot to offer, the only problem being that it feels so god damned fractured. There are plenty of really cool neighborhoods, each with interesting shops and restaurants, but they're spread apart by considerable distance. It's very much the kind of city that it's necessary to own a car in due to a 20+ minute to commute to everything. I try to be more of a walking, biking, public transportation mindset. If Coventry, Little Italy, Ohio City, and Tremont were all side by side, I don't think I'd mind living in Cleveland. My day-to-day would probably consist of chocolate malts at Tommy's, $2 spinach bread at Presti's (a total steal), cannolis at Corbo's, a fair priced dinner at Lolita, and a few pints at Great Lakes. EDIT: I neglected to mention cocktails at Velvet Tango Room. Oh man, VTR.
    .. ~ H
     


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    And what did I ever do to deserve, that, hmmm?

    I jest, I jest. [​IMG]
     


  7. princemarko

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    Tampa, Florida:

    1. 717 South
    2. Redwoods(St. Petersburg)
    3. Capital Grille
    4. Beachcomber(Clearwater Beach)
    5. Bern's Steakhouse
     


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    Tampa, Florida: 1. 717 South 2. Redwoods(St. Petersburg) 3. Capital Grille 4. Beachcomber(Clearwater Beach) 5. Bern's Steakhouse
    Bern's should be #1! (although I have not tried 717) And Charey's is better than Cap Grille. Mis En Place????
     


  9. SoCal2NYC

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    Recently I've enjoyed The Mermaid Inn (NYC) and Stokes (Monterey).
     


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    moderately priced brazilian food:

    casa on bedford and commerce

    really good brazilian food
     


  11. gdl203

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    moderately priced brazilian food:

    casa on bedford and commerce

    really good brazilian food


    Second that. I love their seafood curry-type stew, forgot how it's called
     


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    Second that. I love their seafood curry-type stew, forgot how it's called

    the one that comes out in a clay pot?

    we had that and the shrimp in the orange yucca puree....

    both were really damn good
     


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    Bern's should be #1! (although I have not tried 717)

    And Charey's is better than Cap Grille.

    Mis En Place????


    Go to 717 in s. Tampa. Across from the old Whisky Park.

    Great food, great atmosphere, nice looking women and not over the top prices.


    Bern's is good, but over-priced. For a steakhouse, Innisbrook has a great restaurant, Packard's. Blows Bern's away.
     


  14. gdl203

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    the one that comes out in a clay pot?
    yes - it's a great winter dish
     


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    any recommendation in salt lake city or park city? already have booked takashi in SLC, but am looking for other recs
     


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