Housed in the former Taylor and Sons Department Store–a historic building that has tastefully transformed its 4,000 sq. ft. into a chic interior and exterior space–Zinc Bistro is a sophisticated eatery that serves prime steaks, French classics, and raw from one of Cleveland's only raw bars. The seasonal lunch menu is a tuxedo-worthy medley of soups, oysters, savory sandwiches, frites, and salads. For dinner, taste buds can take aim at duck a l'orange with butternut-bacon hash ($28) or a pork chop with choucroute, rutabaga puree, and apple-bourbon ($24). Ishmaels can reacquaint themselves with the eats of the oceans by noshing six fresh oysters ($12–$14), a bowl of lobster bisque ($11), or moules frites ($17) stacked with Prince Edward Island mussels, Pernod, and Zinc frites.
Owner and executive chef Aaron L. Ruggles char-grills flank steak and tops it with pickled sweet summer peppers and smokes fresh Atlantic salmon on a cedar plank. Succulent wild-caught scallops come pan-roasted with avocado-roasted corn orzo pasta salad and smoked red chili sauce. Moody, romantic lighting surrounds diners as servers ferry plates of pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas to four-top tables alongside house-baked focaccia bread, widely considered to be more delicious than bread baked from dismantled houses. On Wednesday nights, the original Cheap Date Night menu proffer plenty of options for every type of occasion, as do a series of daily specials, such as Monday's $5 burger-and-fries special and Tuesday's retail-wine night. A kids menu is always available.
At Fred's Diner, breakfast is king. Kneel at the feet of the most important meal of the day with a selection from the diner's menu. The three pancakes ($5.99)—with choice of sausage, ham, or bacon—forge a feast from flattened flour, while a three-egg cheese omelette ($4.99, with additional ingredients $0.85 each) sidekicks its stuffed sustenance with home fries and toast. Enjoy bread-bookended breakfast bites with a two-egg sandwich ($4.29), topped with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage, or simply feast on an uncomplicated half-pound of bacon ($2.50) with coffee ($1) or cranberry-orange juice ($2). Lunch-lovers are also in luck at Fred's Diner, with a fallout shelter's worth of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more on tap. Spoon-survey a bowl of Fred's famous chicken dumpling soup ($3.29), tenderly embrace the tenders of the grilled chicken salad ($7.49), or digestively dissect a 6-ounce rib-eye steak ($7.99). Specialty sandwiches include the Cuy-a-Hoagy ($6.39), topped with hot roast beef, and the triple-tiered tastiness of the Diner's Club ($6.99).
PatDee's Pub and Eatery began carving out its niche in Northfield's culinary landscape in 1995. The restaurant's current chefs have been onboard since the beginning, adding a dash of familiarity to the homestyle dishes that diners have come to greet on a first-name basis. Inside the eatery, cozy vibes pervade meals centered on juicy prime-rib platters and handmade pizzas, and pancakes and omelets rouse early birds during morning hours on weekdays and until 1 p.m. on weekends. PatDee's also dispatches its housemade eats around the neighborhood with its catering service, granting party hosts the option to pick up their spread or have it delivered by a polite staffer shot out of a circus cannon.
With a menu spanning omelets to half-pound sirloin burgers, Yours Truly serves up American classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Early-morning favorites such as the greek omelette ($7.60), with roasted red peppers, feta cheese, olives, and spinach, helped the eatery earn the title of 2010 best breakfast from WhereTheLocalsEat.com. The chef stacks the monte cristo ($8.50) with layers of sweet french toast with savory ham, turkey and swiss cheese. A Napa spinach salad topped with grapes, walnuts, strawberries, dried cranberries, and gorgonzola ($7.50) keeps meals as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon, and baked mac 'n' cheese ($6.25) or a reuben burger ($7.50) stuffs starving gullets.
Whether omnivore, herbivore, or localvore, Foodgazi's hands-on classes teach eager pupils how to cook healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes on a budget using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Each class in the Intro to Plant-Based Eating series includes a three-course meal fashioned from mostly local, organic foods, a plethora of informative handouts and resources, and oodles of tips for storing and buying quality ingredients. Hone knife skills, cut down on processed products, and explore unfamiliar nutrient-rich grains, beans, and sea vegetables, such as the noble sub-aquatic sugar beet. Whether vegetarian- or vegan-curious or looking for a healthful diet change, walk away from this series confident in your ability to wrangle a cornucopia of wholesome ingredients quickly and easily. Be sure to check out today's side deal for a single cooking class at Foodgazi. For additional information, check out the FAQ page. Call ahead or email to reserve your classes.