Housed in the former Taylor and Sons Department Store–a historic building that has tastefully transformed its 4,000 sq. ft. into a chic interior and exterior space–Zinc Bistro is a sophisticated eatery that serves prime steaks, French classics, and raw from one of Cleveland's only raw bars. The seasonal lunch menu is a tuxedo-worthy medley of soups, oysters, savory sandwiches, frites, and salads. For dinner, taste buds can take aim at duck a l'orange with butternut-bacon hash ($28) or a pork chop with choucroute, rutabaga puree, and apple-bourbon ($24). Ishmaels can reacquaint themselves with the eats of the oceans by noshing six fresh oysters ($12–$14), a bowl of lobster bisque ($11), or moules frites ($17) stacked with Prince Edward Island mussels, Pernod, and Zinc frites.
Nestled in a quaint turn-of-the-century abode, South Market Bistro specializes in serving an eclectic menu of American cuisine prepared with an appetizing amalgamation of organic and locally grown ingredients. To exemplify his commitment to locally based cuisine, owner and chef Mike Mariola changes his menu each season to symbiotically reflect the harvest of local farmers. Give clever and environmentally friendly tips on how to properly recycle Kleenex and Tae-Bo tapes in between bites of the Ohio City gnocchi, a spinach-stuffed pasta soused in bolognese sauce and topped with parmesan cheese ($18.50). Alternately, the pan-seared red snapper, served with sunchoke risotto and toasted pine nuts ($30), will satiate tongues with a taste for savory seafood.
How did Vintage House Café begin?
As a family venture. We started as a restaurant, then added a patio, tearoom, and gift shop. Not only do we offer a large selection of loose-leaf tea, but my son is a glass artist and we sell his blown glass art work.
Aside from owner, what role do you play in the restaurant?
I always enjoyed baking, so I create all the desserts.
Tell us a little about the head chef.
Chef Grant Urmston is a native Clevelander, whose passion for culinary arts began at a young age. His passion grew over the years, and he further developed his skills at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. With career stops that included New York, Boston, and Las Vegas, Grant has brought a more traditional Italian and Mediterranean flair to the menu, all while trying to focus more on fresh and local products.
What inspires you to take such a hands-on role in the restaurant?
I love being here and our customers make me smile.
At Fred's Diner, breakfast is king. Kneel at the feet of the most important meal of the day with a selection from the diner's menu. The three pancakes ($5.99)—with choice of sausage, ham, or bacon—forge a feast from flattened flour, while a three-egg cheese omelette ($4.99, with additional ingredients $0.85 each) sidekicks its stuffed sustenance with home fries and toast. Enjoy bread-bookended breakfast bites with a two-egg sandwich ($4.29), topped with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage, or simply feast on an uncomplicated half-pound of bacon ($2.50) with coffee ($1) or cranberry-orange juice ($2). Lunch-lovers are also in luck at Fred's Diner, with a fallout shelter's worth of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more on tap. Spoon-survey a bowl of Fred's famous chicken dumpling soup ($3.29), tenderly embrace the tenders of the grilled chicken salad ($7.49), or digestively dissect a 6-ounce rib-eye steak ($7.99). Specialty sandwiches include the Cuy-a-Hoagy ($6.39), topped with hot roast beef, and the triple-tiered tastiness of the Diner's Club ($6.99).
Whether omnivore, herbivore, or localvore, Foodgazi's hands-on classes teach eager pupils how to cook healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes on a budget using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Each class in the Intro to Plant-Based Eating series includes a three-course meal fashioned from mostly local, organic foods, a plethora of informative handouts and resources, and oodles of tips for storing and buying quality ingredients. Hone knife skills, cut down on processed products, and explore unfamiliar nutrient-rich grains, beans, and sea vegetables, such as the noble sub-aquatic sugar beet. Whether vegetarian- or vegan-curious or looking for a healthful diet change, walk away from this series confident in your ability to wrangle a cornucopia of wholesome ingredients quickly and easily. Be sure to check out today's side deal for a single cooking class at Foodgazi. For additional information, check out the FAQ page. Call ahead or email to reserve your classes.
The bakers at Bread Head Bakery & Coffee Shop have an obsession with freshness, imbuing their baked-daily breads with ingredients such as whole-wheat flour, oats, eggs, raw sugar, and cocoa powder. Using slices from these fluffy loaves, they craft delicious dishes all day, such as the Meat Head sammie—a blend of pepperoni, cheddar, honey ham, and house-made stone-ground garlic mustard served with a fresh-baked muffin. They also specialize in breakfast fare (which they cheekily name “wake-and-bakes”) such as breakfast quesadillas, as well as premium coffee, which they grind fresh before brewing each batch.