Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cleveland Post 2

The next four places I checked out were what I'd like to call the Heavy Hitters of my trip to Cleveland. Each one of these places really helped me "tack on some mass." I'll get started with Lucky's Cafe.

Lucky's Cafe
Location: 777 Starkweather Ave.
Cost: About $15 per person
This was another spot we'd heard about on DDD. Everyone told me to get the biscuits and gravy which is what I did. The biscuits were light and flaky. The gravy had this little peppery kick and big chunks of sausage. The eggs were fluffy too. Besides the fact that it weighed me down for the rest of the day, this was an ideal breakfast. Matt decided to mix things up a little bit and ordered the Shipwreck. This scrambler was huge, but he wolfed it down with minimal breathing in between bites. The potatoes were prepared well too.

The Biscuits and Gravy

 The Shipwreck

Great Lakes Brewpub
Location: 2516 Market Avenue
Cost: About $20 per person
The next spot was the Great Lakes Brewpub. All of you Chicagoans have probably had a Great Lakes beer or two in your day. My go to is the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. I'd heard about their Christmas Ale and the Black Out Stout, but neither of them were available when we went in (the Christmas ale is ready now). The pub itself has a pretty cool layout with some different areas to drink while you wait for a table. We went down to the cellar and had a table within an hour. Matt ordered the Black and Blue Burger while Mike and I had the Old World Burger. The food was pretty sub par across the board. The buns were dried out. My burger was moderately overcooked. The fries were mushy. At least the drinks were good.

The Black and Bleu Burger

 The Old World Burger

Melt Bar & Grilled
Location: 13463 Cedar Road
Cost: About $20 per person
We had a big crew when we rolled into Melt between Matt, Mike, Andy, Sarasi, Alya, and myself. They were able to accommodate us within about an hour and a half. Good thing they had an amazing beer selection to keep us busy. We went on the first day of Cleveland's Beer Week and got to try some great selections including the Dogfish Head Bitches Brew. When we finally got to some food, it was a bit ridiculous. These sandwiches were gigantic and easily took a year off the average diner's life span. I split the Dude Abides and the Wet Hot Buffalo Chicken with Alya. The buffalo chicken was the winner. The Dude Abides had meatballs, mozzarella sticks, and marinara sauce and was no slouch either. The french fries were solid, but with all that fried food it got to be a bit much.

The Wet Hot Buffalo Chicken

 The Dude Abides

 The Parma

Edison's Pizza Kitchen
Location: 2365 Professor Ave
Cost: $2.50 / slice
One of those weekend nights we went to the Flying Monkey in Tremont. Afterwards we were all pretty hungry (this was clearly one of the nights that we hadn't been to one of the aforementioned restaurants), and Sarasi suggested this pizza place Edison's. It reminded me of 2nd Story Pizza back in Champaign. We threw down a few bucks and got back an extra greasy slice of thin crust pepperoni. Besides the permanent burns on the roof of my mouth and the grease stains on my jeans, this place was a big winner.

The Pepperoni Pizza


Lucky's Cafe on Urbanspoon Melt Bar & Grilled on Urbanspoon Great Lakes Brewing Company on Urbanspoon Edison's Pizza Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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