Tag Archives: Cleveland restaurant reviews


To me, the food is only part of the experience when dining out. The other driving factor is the atmosphere, both in terms of the overall decor and the vibe a place gives off. When a restaurant scores in all areas, well, those are usually the places we frequent on a pretty consistent basis (Umami […]

ginko. go.

When chef Dante Boccuzzi first returned to Cleveland, I remember going to his initial Sushi Blues event at his original Dante location. I didn’t know then that he opened a Nobu in Milan or even worked with the celebrated chef. All I knew was that I would make every attempt to attend these events because […]

phil the fire

The first time I was offered chicken and waffles I politely declined. Silly me. Hey,  was 10 years ago – what did I know (though truthfully, I still don’t know much…). Soon I wised up and realized this combination was pure genious. And like many of you, discovered Phil the Fire and was quickly smitten. […]

market garden brewery in ohio city

Thanks to a recent viewing party for Hodge Podge that brought restaurant owners and fellow food trucks together to cheer on the home team, we found ourselves at the recently opened Market Garden Brewery for our inaugural visit. It’s a brewery so I suspect you’d like to hear about the star of the most recent […]

fountain in moreland hills: the good, the bad and the weird

Build it and apparently they do come. The long-standing vacant (or so it felt) newly constructed property in Moreland Hills where Hyde Park once stood is starting to fill up with tenants. Of course there’s Paul Minnillo’s Flour, which we have enjoyed numerous times since it opened this past spring, a salon and spa and […]


I can’t remember the first time I went to Whiskey Island. Sometime in my mid 20s, that much I’m pretty sure of. In fact, there’s not much I can recall from many of those visits. Fuzzy memories at best (but good times had by all). My visit last month, on behalf of Metromix, was quite […]

flour in moreland hills

Like many of you, I was sad when Baricelli closed. I’ve spent many summer nights on that patio enjoying wine, cheese and the bucatini all’ amatriciana. But truthfully, I only took advantage of Baricelli in the summer because I was never a fan of the decor inside. While the patio and building itself may have […]

a revealing dinner at dante

Some people have the gift of patience. Admittedly, I am not one of them. I find it difficult to even wait to give people their birthday or Christmas presents! So the notion of waiting throughout the entire duration of a pregnancy to find out the sex is simply baffling to me. So just like our […]

burntwood tavern

We all have restaurants that are our restaurants. The go-to places. Places where we can sit back, relax, have a good meal and see a few familiar smiling faces. Growing up in Solon, The American Tavern was that place for me (still like to go there for lunch from time to time). These places may […]

one red door

You have probably heard by now that the chef from Downtown 140, Shawn Monday, has left and moved up the street to open One Red Door in the former Vue space. I was excited about this move and went a few weeks ago on behalf on Metromix to check it out. I have been to […]