Though it isn’t a matchmaking service, Grovewood Tavern is responsible for more than 150 successful relationships in the past decade, all of which were realized over dinner. The brick-enclosed restaurant specializes in the delicious puppy love between food and drink, hosting meals that pair fine wines, beers, and spirits with bites from a globally conscious kitchen. The courses encourage guests to savor combinations in the moment, but also nod to the history inside the glassware. Trivia and origin stories accompany the drinks, detailing their flavors and the favorable reviews they've received. Some dinners benefit from presentation by expert hosts, including vineyard aficionados and people who know how the ghosts are added to each bottle of spirits.
Outside of these showcases, visitors can still enjoy selections from the tavern's regular menu. Duck-burger sliders and spice-rubbed ahi-tuna sandwiches dispel any worries about stereotypical pub fare, and the entrees' emphasis on local and organic ingredients adds a refreshing ease of conscience to each bite. Grovewood’s catalog of savory meats ranges from Japanese-style barbecued chicken to the bison pot roast, which, according to a 2007 feature in the Plain Dealer, "falls gloriously apart, upon gentle forkage." Chefs accommodate vegetarians and vegans as well. A wealth of meat- and gluten-free options speckles the menu's pages, and the pairing dinners list substitutions for nonveggie helpings, replacing tea-smoked duck breast with grilled tofu and skirt steak with vegan beef.
From 1992–1994, the Cleveland Thunderbolts gave the city its first taste of Arena Football League action. And while the taste was but a tease at the time—the team disbanded at the end of the 1994 season—AFL fans eventually would see a return to revelry in 2008 with the arrival of the Gladiators, a team that bounced around the country like a rock band on pogo sticks before diggin’ in their cleats at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. In their first official season, the Gladiators introduced themselves in grand fashion by advancing to the franchise's first-ever conference championship game—a tough loss, to the eventual league champion Philadelphia Soul, that’s since stood as the squad’s humbling reminder of the unending effort required to achieve league dominance.
Crave brings breakfast, lunch, and dinner to peoples' doorsteps. Customers can go online, plug in their zip code, and view a roster of restaurant menus from which to choose, sorting their options by cuisine type or restaurant name. After a short wait—Crave provides an estimated wait time for each eatery—dishes from restaurants such as Chipotle, Luchita's, and BRGR 9 arrive at homes.
Mr. Wonderful's veteran chefs batter and fry a menu's worth of soul food, including crisp chicken and fish. A variety of chicken and waffle meals ($6.99–$12.99) star boneless or bone-in poultry, drizzled in a signature glaze that underscores the duo's complementary tastes, textures, and zodiac signs. Satisfy seafood hankerings with a shrimp po boy slathered in tangy sauce ($5.99) or a fried catfish dinner ($10.99), accompanied by a duo of hearty sides, such as candied yams, slow-cooked greens, and creamy mac 'n' cheese. A choice of more than 10 stuffed baked potatoes ($4.99–$11.99) transforms the humdrum spud into a tableside celebrity, while the restaurant's family meals ($8.99–$69) supply clans with the energy to tackle overdue tasks such as cleaning the basement or sewing matching sweater vests by hand.
Leave cares and diets behind when selecting from Barley's "totally fried" menu. You'll find crispy onion rings ($6.95), spicy or mild chicken strips served with dipping sauces ($6.95), and fried pickle baskets ($4.95) among the bar-hearty options. Add a little greens to your grease with a Buffalo fried chicken salad ($7.95) served with your choice of dressing. Barley House also serves draft and bottled beers, wine, and mixed drinks.
The chefs at Acappella at Playhouse Square craft a menu of pastas, veal, and seafood dishes in an eatery conveniently located near Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square. Dinnertime diners can savor the tender medallions inhabiting the veal parmesan ($21.95) or admire the youthful exuberance of the pasta primavera, which is crowned like an Italian beauty queen in fresh seasonal vegetables, alfredo sauce, and a dollop of marinara ($15.95). Alternatively, Groupon holders can quell midday cravings with a lunch portion of seafood pasta ($10.95) or sink their forks into baked chicken parmesan ($6.95). The restaurant's close proximity to Playhouse Square also makes it an ideal spot for couples to commence a night on the town or for hecklers to pick up fresh tomatoes before a show.