Chefs at Barroco Grill craft Colombian street fare from scratch, nabbing glowing reviews from Cleveland Scene and a nod from Cleveland Magazine’s Best of 2011 list. The signature arepas—which Cleveland Scene lauds as “hot, corny, and crisp”—hug melted mozzarella and succulent meats inside a pocket of all-white corn batter. Chefs also drizzle plates with creative flourishes such as wasabi coleslaw and peanut cream sauce. Beneath the dining room’s exposed wooden beams, snippets of brick walls peek out from behind artwork by local artists and high-functioning house pets.
At Streat Burger, guests construct their meals with Ohio farm-raised beef, pulled pork, or quinoa patties before piling them high with seasonal greens, spicy relishes, and flavorful toppings. Each custom-made sandwich, fresh salad, or basket of hand-cut fries pairs with a frosty beverage from the craft beer list, full of dozens of selections ranging from refreshing watermelon wheat to crisp, hoppy double IPAs.
Guys Pizza Co.'s pie twirlers knead fresh, local ingredients into daily-made dough destined for pizzas or the eatery's signature Guyzone. Two large pizzas' traditional or thin-crust varieties can be customized with well-spiced seas of classic red, zesty red, white, or pesto sauce. Toppings shake up each slice, with selections ranging from banana peppers to pepperoni to onions capable of causing tears of joy. The mini Guyzone ($4.99, feeds one), the menu's juiced-up version of a calzone, challenges diners with a hefty pocket packed with cheese and three toppings, all bundled up to dunk in marinara, garlic-butter, or hot-buffalo sauces. The specialty pizza with white garlic sauce ($9.99 for a small) more closely resembles an exploded baked potato with smashed potatoes, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone and a side of sour cream.
As a typeface, the Helvetica font communicates with no flourishes; it's a bare-bones style where what you see is what you get. Striving for the same simplicity, Helvetica Juice Bar & Cafe, which is run by the same owner as the Latin-themed Burroco Grill, offers a culinary experience that comes off as similarly natural and elegant. Inside, rustic raw-wood tables, art installations, and exposed-brick walls welcome guests as they approach a chalkboard holding the café’s simple menu of sweets and savories, gourmet tacos, crepes, sandwiches, and Latin American–inspired dishes.
As cooks prepare guests’ orders, they work only with ripe fruits, fresh meats, and other ingredients that have never been canned, frozen, or preserved. Topping the list of sustenance is a selection of sweet crepes made with Nutella and ice cream, or studded with fruit and cookies. Savory options may include Latin-inspired eats, such as barbacoa tacos. The café’s signature smoothies boast bananas and mangos, and juice blends incorporate fruits from around the world, such as high-fiber curuba, vitamin-rich lulo, and Caribbean fruits such as maracuya, lulo, and guanabana, A BYOB establishment, customers often bring liquor to add to the juice drinks, turning them into specialty cocktails. As further show of the café’s conscientious offerings, Helvetica’s iced and hot coffee drinks are squeezed from direct-trade beans and served in biodegradable cups.
In a whirlwind of cosmetic products by the likes of Aveda, Redken, and OPI, a diverse cast of beauty boosters pool their talents to create a tranquil spa getaway where passersby can gussy up their hair, skin, and nails. At Revelations Salon & Spa, hairstylists well versed in coiffure modifications add va-va-voom to freshly shorn locks with halo highlights or all-over color. Skin technicians perform various facials to clarify complexions muddled by acne, dryness, and calculus equations scrawled with a sharpie. Their relaxing massages unwind knotted muscles scattered throughout the body, and their comprehensive pedicures melt tension between toes tired of making strained conversation with each other.
Eddie Cerino's Casual Italian prepares a mix of family recipes and new dishes with the freshest ingredients available. Their menu plays host to pastas such as crispy gnocchi and entrees the likes of blood orange-glazed salmon. Ten specialty hand-tossed pizzas in three sizes ranging from 9-17 in. with toppings such as prosciutto and cubanelle peppers round out their selection of comfort food prepared with fine dining standards. Eddie Cerino's also offers curbside pick-up, customers should inquire when ordering.