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Restaurants in Cleveland

It’s true, Ohio really is for lovers (food lovers, that is). This midwestern city has a fantastic restaurant scene that continues to grow each year. So you’re hungry. But where to start? We’ve got the lowdown on the best Cleveland restaurants where you can score some delicious grub. And we even have some deals to slice the prices. Check it all out below.

Best Burgers in Cleveland

Gunselman’s Tavern

 

Some restaurants age like a wine fine. Like Take Gunselman’s Tavern, the local joint that’s been around for more than 80 years. Yep, you read that right, 80 years. What was once a speakeasy is now the place for classic, American food and (now legal) drinks. In fact, this spot is so beloved that it got named “Cleveland’s Best Burger” in 2018. Here are some of the local favorites from the menu:

 

 

  • Mushroom Swiss: sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions with swiss cheese
  • Just Plain Jane: hand-picked burger from the Westside Market

 

Hickory Bacon BBQ: Gunselman's BBQ sauce, hickory bacon, cheddar, and onion straws

Best Asian Restaurants in Cleveland

 

With the variation of flavors, proteins, and carbs, it’s hard not to be in the mood for Asian food. If you’re perusing a menu, you’ll undoubtedly find a dish (or several) that appeals to your taste buds. Here are some of the best restaurants in Cleveland to get Asian food:

 

    • Ginko: colorful, exciting eatery in the Tremont neighborhood that serves fresh, eclectic sushi

 

  • Mizu:  restaurant in Parma with a menu that has over 80 pan-Asian items, including 22 (!) specialty rolls
  • Noodlecat: downtown restaurant that specializes in both traditional and eccentric ramen

 

 

Best Deal on Sushi in Cleveland

 

Where: Tomo

Location: Downtown, 1293 W 9th St., Cleveland, OH

What: $31 for $50 worth of sushi and Japanese cuisine

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Best Mexican Food in Cleveland

 

Best Menu

Where: Momocho

Location: 1835 Fulton Road

Known for: guac with smoked trout and bacon, taquitos, and margarita flights

Price point: $11-30

 

Best Tacos

Where: Barrio

Location: 806 Literary Road

Known for: build your own taco menu

Price point:  $11-30

 

Best Quick Bite

Where: Las Dos Fronteras

Location: 3292 Fulton Road

Known for: casual atmosphere and sizzling fajitas

Price point: Under $10

Best Pizzerias in Cleveland

 

When it comes to pizza, you can never really go wrong. Cleveland doesn’t have a signature pie like Chicago or NYC, so the city basically offers all different types. Here are some of the best pizzerias in Cleveland:

 

 

  • Crust: delicious, affordably priced hand-tossed pizzas
  • Capri Pizza: NY-style hand-tossed pizza

 

  • Rocky's Pizzeria & Restaurant: everything homemade (even the ranch dressing)

 

  • Vincenza's Pizza & Pasta: ready-to-go slices of deep dish, deep dish square, and thin crust
  • Pasta Lear's Pizzeria and Deli: family-owned restaurant that serves up specialty pizzas and Italian entrees

13 Italian Pasta Shapes

 

Sure, when it comes to ordering pasta you have your classics: spaghetti, fettucini, gnocchi, and so on. But what about the more obscure ones? No, we’re not going to make you peruse a list of 900 pasta styles. Instead we narrowed it down to the 13 most common ones you’ll find on a menu at your favorite Italian restaurant.

 

 

  • Agnolotti: a square shaped noodle with a pocket that's stuffed with meat, similar, and often confused with ravioli
  • Bucatini: spaghetti but thicker and with a hollow center
  • Cavatappi: macaroni, but with a spiral shape
  • Cavatelli: a scalloped body with a slice down the middle

 

  • Conchiglie: like a conch shell, of course

 

  • Ditalini: a very tiny short tube that resembles a tiny, hollow peg

 

  • Farfalle: a tiny bow tie with scalloped edges
  • Fusilli: corkscrew shape
  • Gnocchi: a small, soft dumpling made from potato, semolina, or ricotta
  • Orecchiette: a tiny, curved disc with a hollow in the center
  • Pappardelle: very wide fettuccine

 

  • Tagliatelle: long, flat, ribbon-shaped noodle
  • Ziti: smooth, hollow tube with a straight-cut edge

Most Famous Cleveland Dish

The Iconic Polish Boy

 

Most cities have their take on the American staple: the hot dog. For Cleveland, it’s the Polish boy. A nod to the city’s Polish population, the Polish Boy starts with a grilled or deep-fried kielbasa. Then, the sausage is buried beneath a mountain of crisp french fries, creamy coleslaw, and either hot sauce or barbecue sauce. The resulting sandwich is a delectable (obviously very low-calorie) mess that demands a knife and fork, or at least a steady supply of napkins. Here are some of the best restaurants in Cleveland to get this dish:

 

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