a night at the ritz, the day at the market (and someting for you, too)

Tourist in your own city. It’s a fun idea and we certainly try to explore new pieces and parts as often as we can. But overnight? Truthfully, I can’t say I’ve thought about spending a night in the city since we live fairly close to downtown. But after doing just that this past Friday night, I can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner.

In an effort to promote its Fresh Market package, The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland invited us to spend the night and experience it firsthand. The package includes overnight accommodations on Friday, followed by breakfast with the chef at Muse Saturday morning, then a guided trip to The West Side Market to pick out lunch, complete with a return trip to the restaurant for a four-course feast of your market picks.

After checking in, we headed straight to The Greenhouse Tavern for dinner. Actually, that’s not true. First we stopped at Chinato for a pre-dinner cocktail. And how cool is this – for checking in on Foursquare, I got a free drink of the day, the delightful Sangria Flora. Then we went to Greenhouse, which continues to easily be one of this city’s best restaurants.

Over a bottle of wine, we enjoyed the clams foie gras, wings (Jamie can no longer step foot on E 4th without ordering these), pork chop saltimbocca and Ohio corn carbonara, Now, I loved my meal, especially the strong sage flavor in the chop. But Jamie really loved his dish. In fact, I have only seen him this giddy over a plate of food one other time and that was the short ribs at Crush in Seattle. Jamie likes food, but he does not share my enthusiasm or need for constant profession of greatness during the meal. But this pasta was a different story. He wouldn’t shut up about how great it was and joked that he was going downstairs to give Jonathon a big kiss for making a near perfect meal.

The eating continued when we met at Muse the next morning. We were greeted by 6 fellow foodies who were participating in the package and chef Constantine Vourliotis plus his two sous chefs, Josh and Andrew. The chefs ate with us and explained how the day would go. We would shop, explore and share with them what we’d like to eat for lunch. And that could be anything – anything at all you’re craving, they will make. It’s actually a rather daunting question and kind of hard to think about what you’d like to try – especially when you’re already full!

With mimosas in hand, we headed to the market. The chef talked about how he shops for the restaurant and how he’s been coming to the market with his dad since he was 6. I asked how much of his menu is local and he said 25% with a lot coming from The Chef’s Garden and stands throughout the market. He explained that he’d like to utilize more local food, but is bound by strict Marriott guidelines. Perhaps he should talk to Ellis Cooley and figure out how he’s been able to get around that. His favorite stands include Kate’s Fish, Ohio City Pasta, Judy’s Oasis, the Mediterranean Store and Dohar Meats. He also loves the falafel at Maha’s and we all sampled of which I happily concur.

I love the market and spend a lot of time here. But it was my first time walking and shopping the aisles with chefs. It was truly a fun learning experience – chatting, eating and gaining new knowledge.

But that lingering question remains – what to have for lunch? See, each couple could have anything they’d like. One gentleman requested rabbit and wanted something that reminded him of how he’d enjoy it in his youth. The rest of us were all over the place. I talked about clambakes and fall flavors in general, fish (we saw some nice sea bass at Kate’s – I know it’s on the list, but we were all tempted), pasta and just about everything else. In the end, the rest of us were in agreement that he could surprise us. They said they were listening to all of us talk and point and had several dishes in mind.

We had two hours until we had to meet back for lunch. Jamie and I took this opportunity to walk around downtown. Five years ago we lived on W 9th in the Bingham and did so for two years. Not much has changed. More bars I suppose, which they don’t need. It was actually kind of sad. I know it was Yom Kippur so maybe that had something to do with it, but such a beautiful day in the city and downtown was empty, much like it was when we lived there. But where would the people go? All around the Warehouse District is bars – not much retail for them to enjoy. Then we quickly walked through Tower City. What a pathetic space that has become. An area once filled with such promise (and much better stores). I thought about the countless shopping trips I’d take with my mom as a child downtown and how there is nowhere for me to take my daughter now. It’s all gone. I know this is nothing new and has been covered over and over. And we still regularly come downtown to eat and over to University Circle for the obvious. And I get that just like many before us (and hence part of the problem) we moved out. And though I do firmly believe our city is in the middle of amazing change and moving in the right direction, this two hour break got to me. But it also got us hungry once again. Which was a good thing because we had a lot of goodness awaiting us.

ritz1The chef made us four courses, plus champagne and wine. Course 1: warm peach soup with cardamom (his favorite spice) served alongside a brioche-type bread with peach preserve salad, lemon oil and foie gras (which he said is his favorite thing to make and explains to people that you can’t think of it as liver or put it in the same category). Course 2: apple and lavender fennel cake with greens from The Chef’s Garden, candied pecans and Maytag Blue. Course 3: sea bass with pomegranate and mango salsa over tapioca (yes, tapioca) and veggies from The Chefs Garden.

The foie gras was without a doubt the best I have ever had. Truly. The soup, somethingritz2 we shared we were craving on the tour, was the perfect compliment. We poured a bit of the soup per his suggestion over the foie gras and it was that much better. A perfect dish.

The best way to describe the salad is fun. I have never – and would never – think of a funnel cake as part of a salad. But I’m sure glad he did. The blue cheese was a perfect addition, too. Great texture and flavor all around.

ritz3The sea bass was another winner, especially the pomegranate salsa. And I loved the tapioca, it really made the dish. Desert was simple, pound cake with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and balsamic. I was a happy women. The chef and I were talking earlier about balsamic and how good it is on strawberries and ice cream. Being Italian, it was how we did dessert growing up.

When lunch was over, the chef gave everyone treats to take home, including cheese and chocolates (many of the same cheeses that were in our room upon check-in). The only other item that would have made this night perfect would be recipe cards and tips to make these dishes at home.

I can’t even tell you how much we enjoyed this experience and staying downtown in general. Yes, the quick break did get me a bit sad, but that wasn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last. I think we all share that. We see the promise and potential in our city but get momentarily taken back when we recall what once was or that things seem to be taking a bit longer than we’d like. But we’ll get there!

Even though we were 25 minutes from home, we felt like we were away and made the most of it. Dinner was that much better knowing we didn’t have to drive home. Waking up in the morning and looking at the lake. It was perfect and a night I’d gladly do again. And a package I’d highly recommend experiencing yourself, or consider for an upcoming gift (people in our group were there as a Christmas gift and anniversary). The team behind this really goes above and beyond to make it a memorable and fun adventure.

Other things worth pointing out. This is the first time I’ve stayed at a Ritz (we’re fairly loyal to The W and Kimpton Group). It’s true what they say – service here is unbelievable. We were quite impressed. From everyone you encounter, top notch all the way. I was also intrigued to learn that they still offer noon tea on the weekend and a special teddy bear tea for kids around the holidays. When Natalie is a little older, we’ll participate for sure.

Want to Dine at Muse?

Have you dined at Muse? It’s quite different from Century (both in terms of food and atmosphere) which I feel they made a big mistake by closing. But after getting to know these chefs and trying the food first-hand, I know you’re in for a treat if you go. If you haven’t been to Muse and would like to, I have an opportunity to experience their Farmers’ Market dinner for two. To be entered, tell me what you would do in Cleveland if you were a tourist for the day. I’ll pick a winner via random.org Thursday at noon.


  1. Erik
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I’d go to a Tribe game, eat at Crop Bistro, and check out University Circle!

  2. Kay
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    The sea bass — was it the overfished Patagonian Toothfish, or the much more plentiful black sea bass?

    If it was the Patagonian Toothfish (aka “Chilean sea bass,” I am shocked that Kate’s was even carrying it. I mean, I’m really shocked. I would think that they, of all, would certainly know better. Please tell me it wasn’t so!

  3. Jackie B.
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Fresh Market package – what a cool idea! And I loved hearing about it from your local perspective. Haven’t been to the Ritz since I worked downtown 8 years ago…what a great excuse to go again! (But I’ll be sure to avoid Tower City…was there last week for the first time in over a year and I felt the exact same way – Nine West replaced by a store called Hats for Less? ugh.)

  4. Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Kay – yes, it was black. Thanks for pointing out, I should have clarified.

  5. Carrie
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to be a tourist since I’ve only lived in the area since 2005. Living in Medina and having a toddler prevent us from indulging in many date nights in Cleveland. If I could go, I would get a sitter, spend some quality time with the husband, and make the most of it!

  6. Krystal
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    If I were a tourist for a day, I would do an art & architecture and food tour. I lived in Cleveland for a year and never went to see any of the sculptures that are scattered throughout the city, nor did I go to any of the museums. Also, I know there is great architecture but I haven’t experienced it up-close and personal. Lastly, any tourist trip to Cleveland is not complete without taking in the food scene!

  7. Brian
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    If I was a tourist for a day, I would start with breakfast at Lucky’s, head over to the West Side Market to see all the wonderful food, head downtown to the Science Center, grab lunch on E 4th, then head over to the Cleveland Museum of Art followed by dinner at L’Albatros.

  8. Jon Khanna
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I’d start with breakfast at Lucky’s then had over to the are museum, followed by lunch at L’Albatross. I’d spend the afternoon at an Indians game followed by dinner at Lola’s and end the night at the Velvet Tango Room.

  9. Tracy W.
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I would head to west side market, then observation deck at the terminal tower, then to lunch at Greenhouse, and a walking tour of some of the amazing buildings in cleveland finished with dinner at Farenheit in tremont!

  10. Emily Lauren
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    If I were a tourist for a day… I’d certainly have to hit up the Rock Hall! I remember going the first time and I didn’t expect much and wasn’t a huge rock n’ roll junkie… but I spent all day and was so impressed.
    I’d also swing by University Circle to check out the Art Museum and get some coffee at Presti’s. I’d get lunch at my absolute favorite Cleveland restaurant — Tree Country Bistro on Conventry, then end with dinner at Greenhouse Tavern.

  11. Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Start with a picnic breakfast at Whiskey Island. Then to the observation deck at Terminal Tower. Then a Segway historical tour by Karl Johnson, followed by a ride on the rapid for lunch at Shaker Square. Back downtown for some afternoon bowling at the Corner Alley and over to Ohio City for the West Side Market and dinner at Flying Fig. Back downtown for a comedy set at Pickwick and Frolic. Nightcap at Zinc.

  12. Ron
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    The Guy Fierri tour Luckys, Parkview, Momocho, Geracis, Melt and Serles. In between that the Rock Hall and the Goodtime

  13. Lindsay Gips
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    There really is a lot of fun stuff to do around town…if my hubby and I had the whole day to play, I would love to start out with breakfast at Tommy’s in coventry. Then we would head to University Circle to hit the Natural history museum. Lunch at L’Albatros and perhaps a stop at Presti’s for something sweet afterwards. Would love a trip to West Side Market to collect some goodies and wander before heading to someting fun downtown – A Tribe game or the Rock Hall. Dinner would follow at either Lola or Greenhouse…followed by a show at HOB or a drink in Tremont. So many great neighborhoods!

  14. Rosemarie Ousley
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I would begin the day at the Westside Market getting coffee and crepes and *perhaps* grabbing some things to snack on during the day! Then head on over to the Rock Hall and wander around there. Then check out the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library and get lost there for a while. After my fill of books and music, I would go partake in some cheese and wine at L’Albatross before heading over to the Museum of Art to explore wings I’ve yet to see. Dinner at Parallax followed by drinks at the VTR.

  15. Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    If I was a tourist in my own city of Cleveland, I would stop at Starbucks downtown and get some coffee, take a morning walk around the city, have lunch at the Great Lakes Brewing company, head over to E. 4th and check out the Body Worlds exhibit, then have drinks and dinner at Chinato, one of the many fabulous restaurants on E. 4th.

  16. Heather
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    We went to the Teddy Bear Tea last year and are headed to Trick or Tea next month. We are really lucky to have all of these wonderful things to do in our city.

  17. Michele G.
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Great review! We just stayed at the Ritz (first getaway since our little one arrived), and like you mentioned, it didn’t feel like we were in Cleveland. Wish I knew about this Fresh Market Package, b/c we certainly would’ve waited to take advantage of it!

    If I were a tourist, I start the day with a hearty breakfast at Lucky’s. Then, I’d visit the art museum. For lunch, I’d head over to Avon for Bar Symon. After lunch, hit up Crocker Park for some shopping, then dinner/drinks at Flying Fig before heading to Severance Hall to be dazzled by the Cleveland Orchestra.

  18. anne
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Observation Deck & Rock Hall! Dinner at Greenhouse Tavern

  19. kristin
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    id do the observation deck for sure!! i also want to eat crop again – i ate their one time and it was amazing :)

  20. Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    It’s amazing how we don’t take advantage of the things our city offers. I’ve been in Cleveland my entire life but I’ve never been to the Rock Hall or the Football Hall of Fame, despite being a huge football and music fan. Those two would definitely be towards the top of my list if I was a tourist in Cleveland for a day.

  21. Renee
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I’d never heard of this “Fresh Market” package before, but I love the concept!

    I play tourist in my hometown quite often, but rarely do I spend the night (once a year we stay in a local B&B.) I’ve never spent the night downtown, but frequently entertain family visiting from out of town and that allows me to play tourist and tour guide simultaneously.

    If I were to spend the night at the Ritz, I’d probably enjoy a movable feast, with a heavy concentration on wine and craft beer. I’d love to be able to enjoy more than one or two of the great restaurant offerings, and not have to worry about driving home afterwards!

  22. John
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    A fun fall weekend in Cleveland for my wife and I would include lunch at Light Bistro followed by a visit to the West Side Market. For dinner, we would choose either Greenhouse Tavern (a favorite of ours) or try Dante for the first time. After dinner, we would like to take the Haunted Cleveland Tour and the have drinks at Market Avenue Wine Bar and McNulty’s Bier Markt.

  23. Elena
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I’d start off my day at West Side Market and buy way too food because my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. Then I’d walk down the street to the Cambodian place for lunch. Afterwards I’d make my way to Asia Town and buy more yummies at Koko’s Bakery and the surrounding Asian grocery stores. Then I’d head to Little Italy and do some wine tastings before dinner. For dinner, I don’t know where I would go because there are too many great places to choose from. As you can tell, my idea of a great day is to eat my way through the city :)

  24. Kristen Wilson
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    My husband and I played local tourist early this year. We started out by checking into our hotel Friday after work. Hit Lola for pre-dinner cocktails and then met friends for dinner at the Greenhouse Tavern. Stopped in Chocolate Bar for a night cap. Sat. a.m. we had ‘brunch’ at the Happy Dog and then came back downtown (after stopping home to get some shoes I forgot–you can’t do that when you’re really out of town!) to wander around Tower City for a bit. They were having a local vendors indoor market which was pretty cool. Then we did tea at Muse followed by dinner at Dante. Had drinks at the VTR and then back downtown to the hotel. Fantastic weekend and we’ll definitely do it again!

  25. Posted September 20, 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    If I were a tourist for the day I’d have my morning coffee and breakfast pastry at Phoenix coffee on East 9th. Then I’d head to the Botanical Gardens and the art Museam. For lunch i’d head to Presti’s for some pepperoni bread and gelato. After some window shopping I’d catch a late matinee at Cedar Lee. Dinner would of course be on East 4th. Drinks first at the Champagne Bar in Pickwick & Frolic, followed by dinner Lolas. End the night with some rooftop dancing at the Velvet Dog!

  26. Posted September 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Tourist for a day might include the Rock Hall. But with great weather and time – I’d love to really explore the Tremont and Ohio City neighborhoods, picking up great eats along the way and finishing with the 21 course extravaganza at the Chef’s table at Dante.

  27. Mike
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Lola.

  28. Chrissy DeVono
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    If I were a tourist for a day… I would check out Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Art Museum… but I would have a hard time picking a place (or 2) to dine… I would probably head to Melt in Lakewood for one meal and then maybe I would check out Amp 150 or L’Albatros since I haven’t been to any of those!! A stop at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame would be on the list of to-do’s also!

  29. Joe
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    West side market, the metroparks and tremont for a multi stop dinner tour.

  30. Katie
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Probably take a food tour featuring bruell, symon and Sawyer.

  31. rachel
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I love that our art museum is completely free, so I’d spend a few hours there. The Cultural Gardens always have intrigued me, so I’d grab my boyfriend and we’d go for a run through them all. And to finish the day, we’d go to L’Albatros. It’d be the perfect way to end the day.

  32. Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    if i was a tourist for a day i would hangout on the east side, something i don’t do nearly enough!

    also, what a fun day(s) you had!! i’m jealous of all the deliciousness.

  33. Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    i’d pack a picnic and lounge on the grass at edgewater park, watching the water and enjoying the beautiful view of downtown cleveland.

  34. Elizabeth Whittaker
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    If I was a tourist for a day, I would go to the west side market, eat lunch at Steve’s gyros, go hiking, have dinner at Lola, and then go for drinks in Tremont.

  35. Sean
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    1) Art Museum
    2) L’Albatros (cheese presentation, of course)
    3) Pitchers and live music at Barking Spider

    I think I may just have to try this plan out this weekend :)

  36. Cindy
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Breakfast at Latitude 41
    West Side Market
    Lolly the Trolley
    Lunch at Sokolowski’s
    Good Time III
    Dinner at Parallax

  37. steve
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,
    We had the pasta dish at The Greenhouse as part of a chefs tasting menu, it was a very interesting take on carbonara. I’m going to use some of the ideas for when our friends come to visit in October from Denmark. I’m sure that we will take them to the market and many of our fine eating and drinking establishmments.

  38. Melinda
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Oh I would definitely go the The Greenhouse Tavern. Maybe first wander around downtown (instead of just rushing from destination to destination), head to Tremont for drinks and then dinner at back to the Greenhouse for dinner.

  39. jaybee
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    University Circle museums then the WSM.

  40. sushi
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    botanical gardens, tribe game, and finish up with drinks at bier markt/speakeasy.

  41. RRMom
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I would start my day off by dropping my kids off at a babysitters! Then go to the Westside Market (I have never been), walk around the gardens at the Art Museum (I haven’t been there since I got married 10 years ago), and end with dinner at Pier W (never been and am dying to experience it).

  42. Elan
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I would go to University Circle and go from one museum to the next. Lunch at Sergios and dinner at L’Albatros.

  43. John
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    University Circle…Such a great collection of cultural institutions that, unfortunately, we don’t get to spend nearly enough time enjoying.

  44. Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    If I could be a tourist for a day in Cleveland….

    Superior Pho for lunch>Art museum>Amp150 for dinner>Play at Playhouse Square>Suite at Wyndam> Breakfast at Luckys!

    Yum, and so much fun :)

  45. Chase
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    private cruise around the lakeshore with my girlfriend, dinner at Lola, and Browns game

  46. Ryan
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    I would take them on a craft beer tour through Ohio City. We’d start just walking around WSM and then head to Nate’s for lunch. After that though, beer consumption starts. We’d head over to Great Lakes for a few pints. Afterward, we’d head over to Market at the Fig and then proceed to walk around some of the residential streets of Ohio City. Around dinner time, we’d head to Bier Markt and Bar Cento for some Belgian brews and delicious food. We’d then go back and forth between Garage Bar and Old Angle. The night could then end at ABC the Tavern for one last beer and perhaps a late-night snack!

  47. Heather
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I’d stay at a B&B in Ohio City. Start the morning off by relaxing across town with coffee, cannoli, and a newspaper at Presti’s. From there, head to the art museum in the afternoon. Pre-dinner cocktail at VTR, dinner at the Fig, and an evening walk through the neighborhood.

  48. Teri
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I would stay at the Glidden House for the weekend. Over the weekend I would want to hit up aome of my favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Lolita, Bar Cento, Luxe, and Tremont Tap House I would visit the West Side Market and take a trip to Chagrin Falls to walk around and do some shopping.

  49. Posted September 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I think taking a “staycation” in downtown Cleveland is a wonderful idea. I’d love to take a day (or weekend) and explore our city even more. Top of my list would be a trolley tour!

  50. Posted September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    i should probably actually do this… born and raised and still living in cleveland, and i’ve never been to the rock and roll hall of fame- and i cant remember the last time i was at the art museum or science center.

    if it’s a cleveland weekend, i’d want to hit up some tailgating as well. cleveland has THE BEST sports fans

  51. Posted September 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    If I was a tourist in Cleveland, I would probably start with the “usuals”: the Rock Hall, the CMA, the West Side Market and the Metroparks. I’d check out some recommendations for great local restaurants and dine accordingly. I’d probably also end up shopping at Legacy or Crocker – I tend to find myself shopping on vacations!

  52. Emily
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    I’d start at West Side Market, go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, wander Tremont and Ohio City for snacks and drinks, and end up on E. 4th street for dinner. Then maybe bowl or catch a comedian after? A mix of exploration, good food, and fun.

  53. PhoSho
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I’d retrace the steps Anthony Bourdain took when he visited for No Reservations!

  54. Susan
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I actually did this recently! Stayed at the Marriott at Key, had dinner at Zinc, then went for drinks on W 6th. It was a fab staycation!

  55. Danielle
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Start out at West Side Market, Breakfast at Inn on Coventry, Lakeview Cemetary, pre-show L’Albatros dinner and then head to Severance Hall to see the orchestra!

  56. Allison
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I’d definitely start with brunch at the Vine and Bean, then mosey over to the CMA to check out the new antiquities galleries and spend some time with the Caravaggio. No trip to Cleveland would be complete without the West Side Market for some monk cakes and crepes, nor without trying some of the frites at Bar Cento. To end the night I’d head back up to the East Side to check out what’s playing at the Cedar Lee theater and grab a late dinner from Melt!

  57. Posted September 22, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Hit the West Side Market, visit all the places in University Circle and finally go to the R&R hall of fame!

  58. URF
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I love to play tourist in my own city. I often find myself driving around Cleveland and discovering all kinds of hidden treasures. I would explore downtown on foot, Chinato for food and end with a play at The Hanna Theatre.

  59. Jennie
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Breakfast at Sweet Melissa’s in Rocky River, then downtown to Cleveland Art Museum followed by an espresso at presti’s. Cheese and wine on the patio at Albatros, then over to check into the Renaissance or the Ritz. Pre dinner cocktail at VTR or Lola, followed by dinner at Greenhouse or Dante. Then to Bier Market and SpeakEasy for an Ohio Grape Fizz and a Bee’s Knees! (Late night Beligian Pommes Frites to cap off a day of indulgence!)

  60. Doug Weber
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh geez! Breakfast at P.J’s Luncheonette followed by a walk to/around Public Square. Maybe a day at the Rock Hall or exploring University Circle/Coventry/the Museums (all early twenty’s haunts). If it were summer and the Indians were at the Jake I’d stop at the Winking Lizard on Huron Street for a beer and to people watch. If not I’d do Bar Cento for the Sunnyside Pizza. If I were in a jazz kind of mood it would be dinner and music at Nighttown. If not drinks at the Velvet Tango Room followed by the chef’s table at Dante.

  61. Miriam
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Breakfast at Lucky’s, spend the morning at west side market (buying yummy cheeses and other goodies!), lunch at Thai Kitchen in Lakewood, afternoon at the art museum, dinner at Greenhouse tavern, and out for drinks all around E 4th!

  62. Andy Margles
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    After a delicious breakfast at the Ritz Carlton, where I would be staying, I would head out onto Lake Erie for a sail around Cleveland’s North Coast. After that, having worked up an appetite and not being dressed up, I would go to Slyman’s for one of their great corned beef sandwiches. Next would be an afternoon touring the world class Art and Natural history museums,as well as the Rock N Roll Hall, followed by a return to the hotel for a soak, a drink and some private time with my wife.
    My evening would consist of dinner at Lola’s or Johnny’s on Fulton, then off to either see the Tribe at the Prog, a concert at Severance Hall or a show in one of the beautifully renovated theaters on Playhouse Square.

  63. Julie
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Breakfast at Eat at Joes, lunch at Tommy’s and dinner at Geraci’s. A visit to the Rock hall, Treemont and the waterfront. Then an evening stroll through Chagrin Falls.

  64. Rob F
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a great event to win, or give as a gift.

    To be a tourist for a day, I would have a beverage, or two, at Shooters looking out onto the Lake. A stop in Tremont to shop and grab some chocolates from Lilly’s. Dinner on E. 4th. Would have to catch a sporting event of some kind as well, depending on the season. I would also like to try out the Rock and Roll Hall for the first time.

  65. Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Congrats #37 – you are the winner! I will send an e-mail shortly. Thanks everyone.

  66. Kate
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I’d do dinner at Thai Fun or another place in Tremont, then hear the Cleveland orchesra.