From within a 6,000-square-foot lounge space divided into five zones for different moods, Table 45’s chef Zachary Bruell dazzles jaded taste buds with a blend of culinary influences from North Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia. Bruell's interplanetary fusion earned him a Best New Restaurant award from Esquire Magazine in 2007. The current menu raises stomach curtains with a drum roll of curried-sweet-potato soup, a vegan concoction crowned with coconut garnish ($7). The roasted pork chop takes advantage of the restaurant's tandoor oven, emerging piping hot and served alongside succotash-stuffed acorn squash in a butter-herb sauce ($24). Spherical lobster meatballs add curve to flat fettuccine and arrive with fried shallots and dapper, well-shaven fennel in a tomato-and-chardonnay-cream sauce ($24). The clean contours of Table 45’s sleek, ultra-modern décor will make you feel like you’re on a layover to a distant galaxy in a posh Scandinavian starship-port. Reservations are required.
The chefs at Stinee's Ribs spends hours preparing their smoked ribs, but that doesn't mean they skimp on quantity when it comes time to plate dinners. Every dish comes with a heaping portion of meat, but one platter reigns meaty king: a whole slab of ribs spiced with the house rub. On top of that, most meals are paired with fresh-cut fries or southern sides such as broccoli slaw or spicy fried brussels sprouts. And desserts such as gooey slices of peach cobbler and lemon supreme cake complete feasts, giving diners a taste of eating like royalty without finding a feudal lord who is hiring.
Nestled within the acoustic splendor of the Blossom Music Center's pyramid-shaped pavilion, you’ll be close enough to taste the high notes of the piccolos, the vibrato of crashing cymbals, and the sass of brassy fanfares as the Blossom Festival Band fills the air with patriotic music. Led by conductor Loras John Schissel, the program will include the toe-tapping marches of John Philip Sousa, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. As long as the weather allows, fireworks will follow the concert—an exploding cherry bomb on top of the sweet sundae evening.
Euclid Tavern combines an extensive menu of American fare with neighborhood bar charm, enhanced by live entertainment throughout the week. The chef grills up an impressive array of burgers, including the third-pound Tavern burger ($8) and the Pizza burger ($7.50), which, like Disney's remake of Dawn of the Dead, melds together the best of two disparate worlds. While the Italian press's ($8) salami and pepperoni dance the tarantella with onions and provolone on a garlic-bread stage, various sauces ranging from Cajun rub to garlic parmesan slather a dozen wings ($8). Euclid Tavern entices patrons with daily specials, such as $0.75 tacos on Tuesdays, and enlivens the casual atmosphere with assorted events, including live bands, comedy nights, and interpretive dances about the U.S. Constitution.
Nestled in the heart of Cleveland's historic Little Italy district, Little Italy Wines transports oenophiles to a fermented-grape wonderland surrounded by shelves overflowing with bottles hailing from all corners of the globe. Taking place most Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., the tastings give sippers the opportunity to enrapture taste buds with a spread of pressed-grape goodness that is selected and described by the shop's cultivated wine experts. An included cheese-and-cracker plate provides toothsome accompaniment to sampled wines, delicately pairing piquant morsels with pleasant pours. After the tasting, customers choose between a bottle of red or white wine to take home for domestic delectation or as a desperate placating gesture toward California Raisins threatening dance-ridden riots if they don’t get a share of their boozy brethren.
Voted 2010's 2nd Best Trendy Bar by the Fox 8 Hot List, The South Side dishes out a succulent menu of gourmet tavern fare overflowing with fresh takes on traditional pub mainstays. Quack for a small plate of chipotle barbecue duck pizza, featuring roasted tomatoes, scallions, provolone, mozzarella, and cilantro-lime vinaigrette ($9.50), or study a sandwich's delicious cheekbone muscles with the open-faced chorizo meatloaf topped onto sourdough and drizzled with rosemary cabernet gravy ($10). Grilled german bologna on a pretzel roll comes dressed with caramelized onions, spicy mustard, and horseradish havarti ($10), while hazelnut coffee-crusted sockeye salmon is served with seasonal squash purée and chocolate buerre blanc ($10) . Every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners just waking up after a long night of unsuccessfully building an egg-juggling robot can dine on a brunch menu heaped with zesty midmorning fare such as chicken and waffles, which layers tempura, airline breast, belgian waffles, cinnamon butter, Ohio maple syrup, and a side of hot sauce ($7).