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Cleveland, Ohio’s most popular city to the north, is growing into a hip, cultural hotspot, complete with character, art, great breweries and, of course, great food. Cleveland’s food scene is representative of its long history as a multicultural city. We’ve updated our previous foodie guide to bring you 10 more great places to eat out in Cleveland.
The West Side Market, Cleveland’s most popular and oldest continuously operated food market, serves a variety of dishes representative of Cleveland’s diverse cultural neighbourhoods. While there, eat at Kim SE Cambodian Cuisine, specialising in gourmet Southeast Asian foods. Try their award-winning dishes such as the shrimp or chicken pad thai. Named by Scene Magazine as one of Cleveland’s best in Asian Culinary Delights, Kim SE was also named the best value for less than 10 dollars by the Plain Dealer, proving that high flavour and authentic ingredients don’t have to come at a high price.
In the historic West Side Market,Orale! Chef Roberto Rodriguez has been serving up classic Mexican specialties since 1999. There, the stand was featured on the Food Network’s Americas Best: Top Ten Destinations and on other local television broadcasts. In fact, Orale! has become so popular that Rodriguez recently started a new restaurant just a few blocks away, offering diners a contemporary twist to his classic Mexican cuisine. There’s a wide variety of dishes to try, and a wide variety of salsas too: diners can chose from 22 different salsas, ranging from classic pico de gallo to mixes like mango habanero salsa.
Orale! West Side Market, 1979 West 25th St., Cleveland, OH, USA, +1 (216) 781 4190; 1834 W. 25th St. Cleveland, OH, USA, +1 (216) 862 3117
The new Earth Bistro Cafe proves that health food doesn’t have to be boring. With a huge variety of healthy, local foods, Earth Bistro offers predominately vegetarian and vegan food, with an entirely separate vegan menu for those who need it. Highlights of the café include the Caribbean veggie tostadas topped with a creamy lime dressing or their Cuban panini sandwich with blacked forest ham, marinated pork, thinly sliced pickles, and ‘grandma’s mustard recipe’. With a motto like ‘a healthy place to eat’ you can expect that even the desserts are relatively guilt-free. Try the organic chocolate mousse and almond pie or the chocolate and peanut butter vegan cake.Earth Bistro Cafe, 11122 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH, USA,+1 (216) 201 9338
What’s a growing city without a hip food truck? Chef Chris Hodge has proven that food trucks can provide just as much as your favourite restaurant, often with more community spirit and lower prices. After launching Cleveland’s food truck culture in 2010 with his Dim and Den Sum truck, Chef Hodge launched the Hodge Podge Truck in 2011. Featured on both The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, the truck serves healthy gourmet food made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
Varying locations, Cleveland, +1 (440) 834 1800
Lola Bistro is the restaurant of Cleveland’s celebrity chef Michael Symon of Iron Chef fame. Opened in 1997, originally in the trendy Tremont neighbourhood, in 2005 Symon renamed Lola as Lolita and opened Lola Bistro in downtown Cleveland. In a sleek, elegant space, Lola serves high-end classics such as lobster, halibut and beef hanger steak, as well as more adventurous choices such as pig ear or bone marrow, served with 25 accompaniments. Expect elegant food with an elegant presentation.
Lola Bistro, 2058 East 4th Street, Cleveland, OH, USA +1 (216) 621 5652