Cleveland restaurants mentioned twice in Food & Wine (plus tips for saving $$ when ordering wine out)

In this month’s Food & Wine, Lettie Taugue, one of the wine editors, offers readers tips to save on sky rocketing wine prices at restaurants across the country. In the article, she mentions both Lago and Lolita as having great wine lists that won’t rob you blind. It’s nice to see our city receive a lot of recent positive national attention, and now for our great wine offerings at reasonable prices. Although happy two local places received mentions, I am surprised one of them is Lago. I’ve only been there once so far and was not impressed. My meal was overly salty and uninspired. And if they do have a good wine list, I can’t say I remember it. Nonetheless, local chefs were mentioned twice and Cleveland was once again recognized nationally for its outstanding offerings.


  1. August
    Posted June 12, 2007 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I just got here by way of Hot Coffee Girl. I’m looking for a great place to get dinner on June 22nd in Cleveland. It’s hubby and my 11 year anniversary and we always like to try somewhere new. I love the idea of this blog and I’m looking forward to reading more.

  2. michelle v
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Hi. Thanks for the note, I appreciate it. I’m happy to provide some recommendations, but a few questions first. What type of food do you like? Does location/price matter? Let me know – thanks!

  3. August
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I like anything. He loves Mexican and he’s hard to please when it comes to Seafood in Cleveland. Price doesn’t really matter on our anniversary. Neither does location. We live on the far east side but we don’t mind driving. How’s that for narrowing things down ;)

  4. michelle v
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    If he loved Mexican, you might consider Momocho. It’s in Ohio City where Fulton Bar and Grill used to be. It’s modern Mex and hands down the best in the city. Amazing margaritas and fun twists on guacamole. The ahi tuna is really good but my favorite is the smoked trout and crab chilaquiles with black beans and a fried egg on top. It’s very unique and delicious. The atmosphere is fun and they have a really nice patio. For two, it will probably be between $100 – $150, depending on how much you drink. After dinner, you can go to the Market Street wine bar – i love that street in the summer. It’s so cool to sit outside. Flying Fig is another great restaurant. It’s one of my favorites. Always consistant, great atmosphere and really great menu. Finally, Baricelli might be a nice choice since it’s your anniversary. It’s very romantic, one of those special occasion types of places and I was really happy with my meal and everything else. Plus, you can walk around Little Italy after dinner, maybe get some gelato. There is a little wine bar there now. Happy anniversary and let me know where you go and how it was.