Sarah eats Cleveland, Part 1
I did it. I ventured 2 hours north to Cleveland. This trip was all thanks to Positively Cleveland who paired me with local blogger, Katrina of Bite Buff, who set up and fun and intense food tour of Cleveland. So.much.eating.
Here’s some of the savory highlights of my three-day trip:
Upon my arrival, Katrina took me to Edgewater Live, a concert/food truck roundup at Edgewater Park, overlooking Lake Erie, ON A BEACH. I was so excited to be at the beach (even if it was just at Lake Erie), I could have just sat here all weekend, doing beach things like eating, tanning, watching the waves, yachting, more eating, etc.
While here, I tasted my first bite of Cleveland: tacos from the Touch Supper Club Food Truck on a BEACH! Pictured: blackened shrimp taco with lettuce and a smokey pineapple corn salsa, a chorizo stuffed fried mac n’ cheese taco with lettuce and scallion cream, and a beer braised pork taco with lettuce, cheese, and a raspberry ancho barbecue sauce which you can’t see, but trust me it was there and delicious.
After beach tacos, fine dining was up next at Cowell & Hubbard in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square (also home of the world’s largest outdoor chandelier which has its own designated selfie station, no lie). C&H really had me at two elements: unlimited bread service and a stellar cheese board selection.
You know my love affair with bread baskets. I just can’t get enough. C&H offers unlimited bread, which means practically as soon as you sit down, you are welcomed with two pieces of crusty bread and a plate of olive oil. After you enjoy these two pieces of bread dipped in the savory oil, two more pieces will arrive by a waiter carrying a large basket filled with bread. This will literally last throughout your entire dining experience until you tell the bread basket waiter to stop (which is something I never thought I’d ever say).
The cheese service here was remarkable (though I hear it’s even more magnificent and includes a wider selection at the sister restaurant, L’Albatros). When ordering the cheese service, a large board of a variety of soft and hard cheeses arrives at your table. The server carefully explains the notes, textures, and origins of each cheese presented. After careful explanation and direction from the server, you can pick 3, 5, or 7 of the cheeses for sharing at your table. And of course, they all go excellent with the crusty bread.
While in Cleveland I had to visit West Side Market, specifically Noodlecat, Jonathon Sawyer’s Japanese-American stall (which also has its own brick and mortar location). Here, I ordered the pulled pork steam bun that was two bites of deliciousness. Highly recommend. I wanted to try many more of the buns, but up next on my adventure was dining at one of Sawyer’s other restaurants: The Greenhouse Tavern for lunch.
I had some really legit, ridiculous, delicious, “I’m never ever going to forget this meal” food at The Greenhouse Tavern, which included crispy confit chicken wings with roasted jalapeno, lemon juice, garlic, and scallions. These wings honestly put all other wings I’ve eaten to date, to shame. The lard… the lemon juice… the best.
For dessert, BUTTERED POPCORN POT DE CRÈME…
I’ll let that settle in your brain for a minute…
Um yeah. A vanilla based, buttered popcorn flavored pot de crème topped with caramel and sea salt. Perfectly, the most amazing dessert that I have had that does not contain chocolate. So good, you will want to lick the ramekin to devour every single morsel.
I literally cannot stop thinking about the pot de crème and wings.
Be sure to check back to see where else I went in Cleveland in Part 2!
Disclosure: I partnered with Positively Cleveland to travel to Cleveland for a three-day culinary tour. All expenses for the weekend were paid for by Positively Cleveland. Words above are 100% my own thoughts and opinions. I still love Pittsburgh even though I’m writing about Cleveland.