free eats and recipes in celebration of downtown cleveland restaurant week

The fifth annual Downtown Cleveland Alliance Restaurant Week is coming up – February 27 through March 4. More than 40 downtown restaurants are participating this year, offering diners fantastic deals for both dinner and lunch. And now that I’m happily  part of the rat race downtown, I personally can’t wait to take full advantage.

Restaurant Week dinner menus will feature $30, 3-course menus, and lunch menus will feature $15 specials. But wait – there’s more:  several restaurants will feature tasting and educational events throughout the week and several downtown parking lots will offer special $2 parking after 5 p.m. to all Restaurant Week diners. New restaurants in the mix this year include Taza, Prime Rib, NoodleCat, Pacer’s, Cowell and Hubbard and Pura Vida. The full list plus menus can be found here.

Want the best deal of all? Free eats of course. In honor of Restaurant Week and to celebrate his latest opening, Cowell and Hubbard, chef Zack Bruell has given us two $50 gift certificates, one for Chinato and the other for Cowell and Hubbard. To be considered, leave a comment to this post (sorry, Facebook doesn’t count) sharing what you like (or don’t like) about Restaurant Week. Two winners will be selected via on Tuesday, February 21st. Good luck!

Now if you don’t win, don’t feel too bad. Here’s a little something for everyone: two simple and tasty recipes.

Welsh Rarebit, courtesy of Andy at Cowell and Hubbard

  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 # raccelet cheese

Toast shallots and garlic. Steep milk with shallots and garlic while you make a roux melt butter in a high sided pot; add flour, and whisk to form a paste. Cook for 3-5 minutes to cook out flour taste. Strain milk in to roux. Whisk vigorously . Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Whisk in cheese and serve warm with assorted items to dip in.

Taza’s Potato Cilantro

(20 minute side dish; serves 2-3)

2 potato heads cut in cubes
3 cloves of smashed fresh garlic
3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 full tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp butter

Fry potato cubes in vegetable oil until golden. Set aside. In a frying pan, put olive oil, add the fried potato sautee for ¾ minutes. Add salt, pepper, and smashed garlic. Toss for another minute. Add the fresh lemon juice, butter, and fresh cilantro. Toss well. Pour immediately in your serving dish and serve.




  1. cklenotic
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Going to Cowell & Hubbard before we see Tosh in April!

  2. Johnny K
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Being able to try new places!!!

    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Love to try check out new areas and places….

  4. orysia84
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Being able to eat at places that I usually can’t afford to go to unless it’s a super special occasion!

  5. robinmartinson
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I’ve actually never been able to participate in restaurant week, but am not working downtown and can’t WAIT to try it out- how lucky we are to live in a city with such fabulous restaurants.

  6. rockandroller
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    What bothers me most about restaurant week is the limited participation with regard to lunches. Some restaurants don’t even offer a RW lunch menu, and many that do are not offering anything different, discounted, or otherwise “special” from their regular lunch menu. As the parent of a very young child, you’ve got a choice of the cost of babysitter PLUS the dinner out or bringing along your impatient, loud, disruptive toddler (not all kids are as good as yours at dining out, Michelle) so we basically almost never go out to dinner anymore. My lunches out are treats and I would more fully take advantage of restaurant week if more restaurants stepped up their game (or at least participated) for lunches during that time.

  7. jenniegdot
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I like restaurant week because in many cases restaurants will put special items on the prix fixe menu that you haven’t tried at that restaurant before (or are they just putting the cheaper items on there??? hmm). $30/pp isn’t really much of a savings depending on how you order and if you are getting multiple drinks :) , but it still seems to be incentive enough to get people in the door. I work downtown so I personally am a big fan of the RW lunch specials. Also as a sidenote I think Zack Bruell’s restaurant week was a great marketing idea. Highlights of that week were a beet/grapefruit/fennel salad and a beet infused cocktail at Parallax.

    Overall I appreciate the excitement it generates for the city’s restuarant scene regardless of whether it’s an amazing deal everytime.

  8. JohnAFay
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    My only complaint with restaurant week is my wife is in Hudson, so either she drives and we have 2 cars, or I go home and have to drive back….gonna have to hit some of the lunch specials without her!

  9. SeanS
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Favorite part of restaurant week is that it is a great way to try new restaurants as they usually put out some great options to get new customers in the door!

  10. tinct
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I like Restaurant Week because it is a chance to go out and appreciate what the City has to offer. Its a unique experience at a restaurant I normally wouldn’t go to, and take a break from life to enjoy friends and family. It also happens to be very friendly for a student’s wallet =)

  11. Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    What a great idea. A chance to try out places you maybe haven’t been to before. I have a couple of friends with restaurants in my home town I wonder if I could persuade them to do something like this.

  12. whcohen
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Taza’s Potato Cilantro was outstanding!

  13. AllieB
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Ah – Walsh Rarebit reminds my of my grandparents. Saw it on a menu in Lake Placid and had to try  it. Thanks for sharing.
    As for RW – love it! Great to encourage “Clevelanders” to actually visit Cleveland proper Our city has so much to offer including so many great restaurants. Glad to see the variety of restaurants participating and looking forward to supporting them. Thanks for sharing this info. Happy eating!

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