By: Amanda Narcisi
Two years ago we traveled to the forbidden neighbor, Cleveland, the city that us Pittsburgh natives don’t talk about. This year I wanted to see it again and experience some new things.
Great Lakes Brewing
When we arrived around lunchtime we headed straight to Great Lakes Brewing. Yep, the same brewery that provides some great craft beer locally is straight from Cleveland. While the wait for the table was 30 minutes and completely expected since the Cavs were playing the Lakers and it was the day before Thanksgiving, we decided to walk through the bottle shop. Along with their full line up of beers, there were some great souvenirs. The entire brewery was decorated for the holidays with wreaths and poinsettias everywhere.
We enjoyed two beers: the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Christmas Ale and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Alberta Clipper. Both are limited releases. Both were amazing. The Alberta Clipper is a porter with hints of dark chocolate and raspberry. The Christmas Ale is filled with holiday spices and honey.
For an Appetizer we enjoyed the Barley Pretzels; Zoss spent grain pretzels, stilton cheddar sauce, house pickled vegetables. We then shared a pizza, Pepperoni & Sausage, Market pepperoni, tomato basil sausage, mozzarella, garlic oil, rosemary. Both dishes were tasty and filling.
Great Lakes Brewing is located at 2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more information visit https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com.
To The Market, We Go
Across the street from Great Lakes is the famous 7West Side Market. West Side Market dates back to 1840 which began as an open-air market donated by two Ohio City landowners: Josiah Barber and Richard Lord. The main building was designed by Benjamin Hubbel and W.Dominick Benes. West Side Market was dedicated to the city and open to the public in 1912. Today the same market houses over 100 different vendors for meat, seafood, sweets, spices and flowers.
West Side Market is located at 1979 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Oh 44113. For more information visit http://westsidemarket.org.
Cleveland’s Free Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is an amazing romp through history filled with some of the best pieces. One of the most popular rooms is the Medieval Room filled with armor and swords. All the famous artist is there: Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and others. The Museum is classic with lots of marble and stone. The entire building is beautiful. Also admittance to the museum is free unless you would like to see the special exhibits
Cleveland’s Museum of Art is located at 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Oh 44106 in the middle of University Circle. For more information visit http://www.clevelandart.org.
Dinner and Drinks
Cleveland is known for 4th St. It houses an entire street of restaurants, breweries and cocktail lounges. A few years ago we visited the famed Lola. This year we wanted to try something else. Chinato, named after the aromatized wine, is a beautiful Italian restaurant on the corner of 4th and Prospect Ave East.
We began dinner with a bottle of wine and a Prosciutto Plate. Warmed Prosciutto with s few slices of cheese and a toasted bread drizzled in olive oil. For the main entree, I enjoyed the Col Buco with Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder, Tomato Sauce and Ricotta. It was delicious, tender and flavorful. My company enjoyed the Beef Osso Buco Braised in Amazon with Risotto Milanese. For dessert, we enjoyed a Tiramisu. The Tiramisu at Chinato is a bit different than most others, it does still have coffee and alcohol. I tasted a bit of Grand Marnier with the coffee taste. It was mouth watering. The dinner was finished with a glass of Chinato. This wine is tangy and rich, it cleanses the palette from the spices of Italy. Overall the dinner was amazing. It was perfect.
Since we were so close to 4th Street we decided Cocktails after and went to The Chocolate Bar. A small chain restaurant, The Chocolate Bar specializes in desserts and chocolate drinks. I went for a spiked Mint Hot Chocolate and my company indulged in a martini.
Chinato is located at 2079 E. 4th St., Cleveland, OH 441154 and for more information visit http://chinatocleveland.com.
The Chocolate Bar is located at 347 Euclid, Cleveland, OH 44114 and for more information visit https://www.thechocolatebar.com.
As far as where to stay in Cleveland I have only stayed at the Marriott at Key Bank and this time at the Radisson Hotel Cleveland Gateway. I booked through hotels.com and straight from marriott.com. Both rooms were clean and nice. I don’t fuss much over a hotel, cause they are just for sleeping.
Want to read our last visit to Cleveland? Check out our piece on the Forbidden Neighbor.