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.
With the help of the Rid-All Green Partnership, the people of Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood have transformed an abandoned plot of land into one of the city's most vibrant urban farms. The oasis is a truly local endeavor. The compost that grows the fruits and veggies is made of coffee grounds from area cafes, discarded scraps from local food banks, and wood chips from Cleveland's forestry department. In addition to the greenhouses and hoop-houses that characterize the lot, Ridall has also set up a local fishery that aquafarms tilapias.
The nonprofit Cleveland Reads has been spreading literacy to children, youth, and families of Northeast Ohio through engaging projects and a dedicated network of tutors since 1987. Its ninth-annual fundraiser promises an elegant evening of all-you-can-drink wine sipping and beer swilling and catered fare of both the savory and sweet varieties for the business-casually adorned do-gooder. Network with your local mail carrier at the see-and-be-seen event or peruse the silent-auction offerings in hopes of stumbling on a porcelain Alf statue. A spirits table raffle offers you the opportunity to bring the party (in a bottle) back to your apartment while simultaneously supporting Cleveland Reads.
The friendly servers and modern atmosphere at David’s make it a great place to enjoy tasty lunchtime favorites. In the business of slinging great deli fare for 15 years, David’s uses the freshest ingredients and makes everything, including its famous sandwiches, fresh to order. These layers of thin-sliced satisfaction cost $3.95 to $9.75. The hometown favorite Clevelander ($6.25) piles fresh-cut roast turkey breast, Swiss cheese, creamy coleslaw, and Thousand Island dressing on David’s beloved hand-cut rye bread. Bring an animal-loving friend, and your Groupon will still cover the vegetarian ($4.95), a pita sandwich packed with mixed vegetables marinated in a light vinaigrette dressing, your choice of cheese, and alfalfa sprouts for safety. You’ll also find some excellent specimen of the sandwiches' skinnier sister, the wrap. Try the all-American ($5.95) with ham, roast turkey breast, and American cheese, along with garnishes and a honey-mustard spread. That still leaves ample room on your Groupon meter for a few of David’s tasty cookies ($0.95), brownies ($1.75), or other desserts.
Steep your brain with flavorful promises of a menu to plot out an early-morning caffeine infusion, mid-day lunch treat, or late night drive-by brainwiring. Phoenix's coffees are brewed fresh from their very own beans, so have a cup of old-school joe to return to the café's roots (up to $1.70), or punch your taste buds with the devil's brew (coffee with a shot of espresso, up to $2.50). Chug their namesake with a cup of Café Phoenix, a mocha made with their signature locally produced chocolate syrup and an extra shot of espresso ($3.60), or hammer your endocrine system with the indulgent excesses of their Stuporball—two kinds of custom-blended coffee, two different chocolate syrup infusions, and an extra shot of espresso (up to $4). Tea lovers get some love at Phoenix, too—premium oolong, white, and select black or green tea varieties are available iced or hot (up to $2.40), while the house-made artisan Chai latte arrives steamed and creamy (up to $3.20). You can also upgrade to larger drinks and pay the difference.
The Olive and The Grape's two locations celebrate the cuisine of the Mediterranean by packing shelves with vinegars and more than 30 olive and grape-seed oils from Spain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and many other countries. Other products include seasonings to flavor grill rubs, marinades, and salad dressings and more than 50 types of pasta. Staffers also load up carriers with an assortment of their highest-selling products, including aged pomegranate vinegar, grape-seed oil, and garlic-herb seasoning, along with suggested recipes and pet names for select items.