happening now: restaurant week (+ giveaway & recipe)

Downtown Cleveland Alliance kicked off its sixth annual Downtown Restaurant Week yesterday. This event, which runs runs through March 3, features more than 40 downtown restaurants offering lunch and dinner specials. Each restaurant will offer $30 three-course menus for one or two diners, and a $15 lunch option at select restaurants. A full list of participating restaurants is available here.

New This Year
Pierogi Love
The chefs are putting their minds to work and creating unique pierogi recipes to be featured on their Restaurant Week menus (keep reading for a recipe from Cowell and Hubbard)

March 1
Celebrate this year’s extended Restaurant Week with a happy hour to kick off the second weekend of great dinner deals. Barley House will offer pierogis from their new menu, as well as drink specials for guests who bring their Restaurant Week receipts from the past week. Stop by from 5-7 p.m.

Downtown Dinner Dream Package Contest

Interested in dining downtown for an entire year – for free? Restaurant Week diners will receive a small postcard with their meal at participating restaurants. A QR code on the back of the card will direct them to a form where they can enter to win a grand prize, including gift cards from participating downtown restaurants and a Vitamix 5200. The package also includes a complimentary two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade, including breakfast for two each morning in the 1890 Restaurant and two tickets for admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Multiple other winners will be selected for special prizes.

Park and Eat
During Restaurant Week, several downtown parking facilities will offer $2 parking to diners who show their special Restaurant Week parking voucher, beginning at 5 p.m. each day.
For an updated list of participating restaurants, menus, and special events for Restaurant Week, visit here.

Pierogie’s @ Home | Courtesy of Chef Andy Dombrowski, chef de cuisine at Cowell and Hubbard.

Braised Beef and Horseradish Pierogi


1 pound, braised beef, shredded
4 tablespoons, horseradish
2 cups, mashed potato
4 tablespoons, chives
2 lemons, zested
Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix all ingredients above by hand
  • Roll out a basic pierogi dough
  • Cut into 4-inch rounds
  • Fill each Pierogi with ¼ cup of the filling
  • Brush dough with egg wash (beaten egg and water/milk)
  • Fold over, press edges together and seal pierogi
  • Boil or steam pierogis for 5-6 minutes.


But wait – there’s more!

How about a $25 gift card to The Greenhouse Tavern to kick-off RW (or I suppose enjoy post RW…)? Just leave a comment to this post telling us which menu you’re eager to check out and you’re automatically entered. You have until Feb 28 to enter. A winner will be drawn via Random.org. Good luck!


  1. CMeinCLE
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    We’re heading to San Souci and Blue Point  this week – can’t wait!!! Love the pierogi theme :-)

    Posted February 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    We have been wanting to try Cowell & Hubbard.  There menu looks great…

  3. tfacey
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Havent been to the greenhouse tavern in a while!

  4. Posted February 24, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Cowell & Hubbard – I loved Dombrowski’s work at Chinato and haven’t gotten to the new place yet.

  5. kristina k
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I want try Chinatos menu!

  6. live2cookathome
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Good to see you posting again! Miss your takes on the Cleveland scene but hope you’re enjoying lots of family time. I’d like to check out Black Dog. Have you been there yet?

  7. SarahElizabeth
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Chinatos and Greenhouse tavern!

  8. aaronpike1
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    @SarahElizabeth hey the man in the picture looks familiar. :)

  9. aaronpike1
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink


  10. revjim5000
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Greenhouse, Hodges, Lola, Black Dog – as many as we possibly can this year.

  11. kharcher04
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Chinato’s – the sweetbreads sound especially interesting

  12. JPHudson
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Greenhouse Tavern and Charkha

  13. dws1956
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Both Greenhouse and Chinato’s.  Love, love both of them!

  14. kakaty
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    RW seems like a good time to check out Black Dog K&B… we haven’t made it there yet!

  15. clevelandjoe
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to check out Chinato–I still haven’t been there!

  16. CleCraftBeerRun
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I have go say that Luxe’s RW menu looks awesome. ‘Hoping to check it out!

  17. kmktaylor
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Would love to try Pura Vida or Black Dog.

  18. sushidoctor
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    definitely greenhouse tavern!

  19. mbedo
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I am excited to try Taza!

  20. MichelleVocaireVenorsky
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Revjim – you win!