Category Archives: Metromix


After waiting much longer than anticipated for a variety of reasons, chef Dante Boccuzzi has finally reopened his restaurant, Dante, in Tremont. And while the move no doubt took its toll on those involved, it was a smart move and one that’s sure to pay off for years to come. We went last Saturday for […]

osteria di valerio & al

Despite living a few blocks from Osteria for two years (and routinely returning to the area┬ásince moving), and always on a personal quest for really good Italian food and willing to try just about anything, I’ve never made it to Osteria. There’s no good answer as to why. I’ve never heard anything negative about the […]

make sure you grab a seat at this traveling restaurant

Luckily, there are no shortages of wonderful places to eat in this city regardless of your location. But sometimes, you want something a little different, a little unexpected. At least I do. And if you agree, this might just appeal to you as much as it did to us. Last month we found ourselves downtown, […]

vine and bean cafe

There aren’t many things better on a weekend than sitting at Lucky’s, sharing breakfast (which must include the pecan-crusted bacon) with Jamie and Natalie while reading the paper. Oh wait – there is! A Saturday morning trip in the summer to the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square followed by breakfast at Vine & […]

west side market

A few weeks ago my mom and I took Natalie to her first visit to the West Side Market (Metromix wanted a story on some favorite stands). I still remember my first visit to the market during a second grade field trip. I remember thinking it took forever to get there and that we must […]

jekyll’s kitchen

It feels as if there are no shortage of restaurant openings in Chagrin Falls so far this year. This includes the tiny wonder that is Umami, Fresh Start Diner (replaced Dink’s) and now Jekyll’s to name a few, which is part of the Hyde Park Restaurant Group. We’ve made two visits to Jekyll’s so far […]


Shortly after Lago first opened, I met my girlfriends there for dinner. Last month, I found myself back at Lago sitting at the same corner booth with the same group of friends. I wrote initially that I wasn’t too impressed with the restaurant and received quite a bit of e-mails, some agreeing with me but […]


I heart sushi. It’s up there as one of my favorite meals. For awhile now, I’ve been boasting that Pacific East gets my vote for favorite local place for sushi. And when the restaurant owners decided to open a second location in Eton, just a few miles from my house, I was downright giddy. So […]

touch supper club

There is a restaurant in Chicago called The Bongo Room. Probably eight or so years ago my friend took us there for breakfast; I’ve been hooked ever since. Whenever we are in the city, we don’t leave until we’ve stopped in for breakfast or lunch. The atmosphere and delicious/creative menu lure us in each time. […]

three birds

Last week was my first restaurant outing since Natalie’s arrival. In fact, it was almost her first outing, too. I called Three Birds, which was my latest assignment for Metromix, to inquire about kids, and the women was so nice and said to absolutely bring her. The plan was to go on a Tuesday at […]