Reddstone head chef Jeff James draws on ingredients culled from Cleveland’s local farms and shops to craft a menu of Asian-inspired appetizers, grilled sirloin burgers, and pizzas laden with innovative toppings such as fried squid and duck confit. Traditional pub taters take a gourmet turn with chipotle ketchup and truffle aioli dips, and chopsticks strain and splinter as they attempt to lift hefty asian reubens laden with schezuan corned beef and kim chi. The bar’s taps issue forth frosty cascades of beer to soothe tongues overheated by the surf 'n' turf pizza’s sriracha tomato sauce or the Cleveland Heart Attack’s spicy italian sausages and smoked bacon. The leafy shade of an alfresco patio contrasts with the interior's charming brick walls and pressed-tin ceiling, and the polyrhythms of live jazz music mirror the menu’s distinctive cross-section of culinary themes.
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.
La Strada’s expansive space has “the ambiance of dining on an Italian piazza after sunset” according to Cleveland Magazine. Distressed paint covers the walls in muted colors, and unfinished wood trim balances the ornate framework around the bar. Eclectic sculptures stand in nooks or sneak out to watch wall projections of black-and-white movies like the Fellini film for which the La Strada was named.
Like the vagabonds followed by Fellini's camera, the restaurant's menu roams from place to place. The kitchen staff employs premium ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, and artisan cheese in dishes inspired by the traditions of Italy and the Mediterranean. Flatbread pizzas get crowned with kalamata olives, feta, and hummus, and pastas are tossed with a variety of vegetables. Varied seating lets patrons huddle in pairs, dine out of doors, or pass the time playing telephone at family-sized tables that seat up to 12.
Family-owned Bruno's Ristorante, an official caterer to Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Gladiators with authentic Italian eats that have been lauded on Cleveland.com, piles pastas, paninis, and entrees on plates for lunch and dinner. As they lounge in an intimate 40-seat dining room, guests can array their tables with homemade gnocchi steeped in blush sauce ($11.95) or play high-stakes games of edible Jenga with lasagna layers ($13.95). Bruno's Famous linguine alla pescatore dapples a field of pasta with light marinara sauce and sautéed seafood ($22.95), and the vitello con carciofi's veal medallions roll past rations of marsala, cream, and artichokes ($17.95). The friendly, knowledgable staff at Bruno's is happy to recommend a pairing for any dish from the vibrant wine list (not included with this Groupon).
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.
At Gillespie's Map Room, a glistening row of taps pours forth mouthwatering glassfuls of tasty suds while ovens roast cheesy discuses of thin-crust pizza to crispy perfection. Nestled in the Warehouse District, a stone's throw away from Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field, Gillespie's Map Room relishes in its location at the heart of Cleveland's bustling nightlife neighborhood, as well as the adrenaline gland of the city's boisterous sports center. A no-frills row-house façade decked in humming neon shamrocks and wood-lined glass panels exudes a heartwarming turn-of-the-century charm. Inside, an interior of rough brick walls, live acoustic music, and a roaring fireplace frames relaxing post-shift beers and hearty meals of chili-topped hot dogs or pollock-fillet fish 'n' chips with welcoming hominess.