French Restaurants in Central

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In 1954, Frank Sterle founded a country-house restaurant with a few picnic tables, one waitress, and a small menu from his native country, Slovenia. The eatery?s hand-pounded schnitzel and performances by the likes of ?Waltz King? Lou Trebar and ?King of Polka? Frankie Yankovic soon drew crowds. Frank was able to expand the restaurant, modeling the addition after an alpine lodge where he lived as a child, and decorate the dining room with wall murals of Slovenian mountains.

In 2012, Rick Semersky launched the Szemersky Bier Garden, an authentic bier garden with picnic tables and green space, tucked behind the restaurant. The menu includes locally made sausages, kabobs and sandwiches cooked to order on the outdoor grill along with specially brewed beers. On Sundays, the garden hosts Bloody Mary Sundays with a wide selection of garnishes and condiments.

Chef Jimmy Gibson heads up a kitchen that is committed to classic eastern European cuisine, with a twist. On Friday and Saturday polka nights, diners can tap their feet and gaze at the roof?s exposed wooden beams, taking notes for the construction of their next gingerbread houses.

1401 East 55th Street
Cleveland,
OH
US

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.

668 Euclid Ave
Cleveland,
OH
US

At Bistro on Lincoln Park, executive chef Pete Joyce employs formal education and experience to combine French, Italian, and Spanish highlights into refined cuisine that utilizes local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Impatient palates delve into the Ohio goat-cheese tasting, which pairs Lake Erie Creamery goat-milk cheeses with herbed flatbread, accouterments, and a pristine plate ($15). Slowly braised shanks of Colorado lamb tie together a dish of potato purée, black-olive oil, mint, and a basil reduction sauce ($19), and pheasant kiev tempts diners' decorum with a foie-gras- and parsley-butter-stuffed breast enshrined by a cauliflower purée and truffled petite green salad ($19). Post main-plate consumption, tongues can twist sweetly around house-made ice cream made with organic Ohio cream ($5) or pound cake, which whisks together almond cake, nougat sauce, hazelnut-honey buttercream, candied pistachios, and candied lemon zest into 1.814 kilograms of metric joy ($7).

2391 W 11th St
Cleveland,
OH
US

The hybrid vegan café and gift shop deals in good vibes, whether they take the form of sandwiches and soups made from scratch, eco-fashions, or candles that both soothe the senses and keep away ghosts that are wearing flammable bed sheets. After tasting the zing of a spicy plum vinaigrette or biting into organic sprouted-grains bread at the Compassionate Café, guests can browse a selection of eclectic wares. Vegan jewelry sparkles with gemstones alongside Dead Sea mineral soaps and colorful socks made from recycled cotton, which are ideal for keeping a giant caterpillar warm.

The Boardman location also delves into the world of knitting with a lounge where needle artists can pick up skeins of silk or bamboo yarn, sink into armchairs, and clack away until they have a spider web to sleep in that night.

140 Public Sq
Cleveland,
OH
US