Be Bright at Night is stationed at various locations throughout Cleveland on unannounced days in an effort to seek out bikers riding in the dark. Walk+Roll volunteers surprise riders with free sets of headlights and blinking taillights, and install them on the spot. Through a combination of free safety equipment and media outreach, the program aims to encourage both cyclists and motorists to be more aware of each other and take the necessary care when traveling after dark.
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.
A 30-year Cleveland institution, Constantino’s offers upscale grocery items and healthy foods prepared daily to pick up for last-minute lunches, predestined dinner parties, and unexpected visits by Tudor kings. Constantino’s has recently expanded to include multiple specialty departments such as a salad and hot-foods bar, as well as a larger meat and produce section. The updated café area lets you enjoy al fresco dining during the warmer months and provides wireless Internet in case you need a strong, silent, Chuck Norris–obsessed dining companion. As you browse the shining pyramids of fruits, breads baked in-house, and packaged goods, expert floor associates will help you map out your run through the store so that you avoid any quicksand pits, blow-darts, or giant boulders. Run by the Mavromichalis family, grocery-business veterans who tailor each of their shops to its surrounding neighborhood, Constantino’s continues to strengthen the downtown neighborhood community by fostering goodwill between its roaming herds of office workers. Like a Monopoly board, Constantino’s boasts ample free parking, so drive your thimble over and stock your shelves with gourmet goodies courtesy of today’s Groupon.
Modeled after traditional European coffee houses, Gypsy serves up locally roasted coffee and uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a variety of pastries and desserts as well as a diverse, international bistro menu. Greet the ante meridiem with one of three freshly brewed rotating roasts, and partner it with a stuffed croissant or a slice of quiche. Midday and eventide options include the roast beef and chevre sandwich, topped with caramelized-onion compote ($9.95), and an open-faced hummus sandwich with roasted peppers, artichokes, and pistachios ($7.95). Snag the salmon and caper salad splashed with lemon and olive oil ($10.95), or catch the chicken-tossed California salad with your mouth mitt ($9.95). The extensive pastry selection sweetens teeth from breakfast and second breakfast through elevensies and dessert, featuring options such as puff-pastry apple tarts with caramel and pecans as well as a chocolate-truffle tartlet in a salted shortbread crust.
After dinner, Liquid undergoes a transformation. While diners are finishing up hearty pulled-pork sandwiches and fried pickles, a DJ steps into a booth. A switch is flipped, and multicolored lights shimmer across the low-lit interior as house music thunders from the speakers. The crowd goes wild.
Part restaurant, part bar, and part nightclub, Liquid spans three rooms, from a large dance floor to rows of tables and booths. Servers whisk bar-friendly eats to revelers until 1a.m., from spicy chicken wings to summer salads.
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).