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Lola Bistro was founded by American Iron Chef, Michael Symon. The bistro has an elegant, simple decor with low-hanging lights. Those with elegant touches complement the menu, which includes appetizers like the pear and apple salad and the crispy pig ear. Entrees on the menu include sqaub with foie gras, sweet potato, chestnut, and cherries, as well as the rib eye steak served in red wine with baby carrots, cipollini onions, and bone marrow. Vegetarians would be advised to steer clear. Lola also has an extensive wine list, with over 400 wines and “wine managers” to help customers navigate the selection.
Nano Brew is a popular brewpub among locals and visitors in Cleveland. It offers over 24 craft beers, including their award-winning in-house brew as well as those from regional breweries. Enjoy a chilled draft indoors or out in their lovely beer garden. While you're here, you can also enjoy delicious schnitzels, sandwiches, burgers, salads and fries.
Located in Ohio City, this small yet elegant eatery is a perennial favorite for both romantic and corporate folks. The interior at Flying Fig is noteworthy, but it's the creative, sumptuous entrees that keep the crowd satisfied. Refreshing drinks from the elegant bar coupled with courteous service contribute to creating a relaxed atmosphere. Come to unwind after work or bring close pals to sip on a drink or two.
Hidden away in Ohio City, Touch Supper Club offers both an upscale dining experience and a dance club. One section of the restaurant is for dining and another for dancing. The entertainment usually features DJs spinning a variety of music from salsa to '80s, to indie and alternative. The menu is upscale American, generally simple in concept but with unique touches. Touch also offers staples like a Touch Burger with secret sauce, or mac and cheese with fancy cheese, ham, and peas. Vegetarian options include a vegan roots dish or mushroom pizza.
Prosperity Social Club is a somewhat hidden secret in Tremont, a neighborhood bar and restaurant which serves locals but could appeal to anyone. Prosperity has a full bar with a significant wine list and specialty martinis, or "Prosper-tinis," such as a pink grapefruit with Stoli Orange, Campari, and orange juice. Its food menu is a somewhat eclectic mix of appetizers and entrees. Starters include Ed's Pita Nachos, a Greek-themed fish with red pepper aoili, feta, and olives, or Pierogies with ricotta and onions. Featured entrees include Black Angus strip steak, or apple roasted pork loin, while vegetarians may enjoy roasted veggie empanadas. Prosperity Social Club also offers several happy hour and daily specials.
Somewhat hidden in the Detroit-Shoreway, the Parkview Nite Club is an old-fashioned diner, bar, and music club, all rolled into one. They host blues shows on a regular basis. A full bar with a wide selection of wines, beers, and cocktails is attached to the blues club, of course, but the Parkview stands out even more due to its all-day selection of food. Their lunch menu includes cold sandwiches as well as melts and burgers. Dinner entrees include chicken Marsala, walleye fish filet, and New York strip steak. The chili is a popular choice, and there are daily specials.
When you are low on cash, but still want to experience great entertainment, look no further than The Happy Dog. When you visit this venue, you'll notice that it's a small space and has an unpretentious atmosphere. The Happy Dog hosts excellent live music performances, serves delicious hot dogs, and attracts an extremely eclectic crowd. Their drinks menu is quite impressive as well and serves a slew of crafty cocktails, chilled beers, and potent libations.
Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood initially looks like a corner bar, but inside is a unique, diverse beer bar and grilled cheese sandwich restaurant. The beer list includes twenty different drafts on tap as well as weekly specials. Melt even includes a beer guide to describe which beers go with which foods. The menu comes printed on old LPs, and includes a wide variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Some of the featured grilled cheese sandwiches include chorizo and potato, the tuna melt with ginger wasabi, and the grilled peanut butter with banana.