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Old 01-06-2019, 04:33 AM
 
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Inspired by kpl1228's annual journeys of exploration to Cleveland (see thread below), here's a thread to list places off the beaten path that you have on your bucket list. Perhaps others can comment, based on their experiences, if a visit to the listed destinations is worth the time and effort.

//www.city-data.com/forum/cleve...-see-what.html
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:41 AM
 
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On trips to Ohio City's Market District (West Side Market), I've enjoyed visiting Hansa Brewery and the adjacent Hansa Market for German food and imported items. A free St. Ignatius parking lot is just across the street.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/hansa-brewery-cleveland

There are several Greater Cleveland ethnic food outlets in the following list, most of which I haven't visited.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/northeast-...markets-752939

Missing from the list is the Astoria Market & Cafe in Gordon Square, apparently like the Hansa complex for German food, a place to sample and purchase Mediterranean food.

http://astoriacafemarket.com/

https://www.cleveland.com/entertainm...fe_market.html

The reviews are excellent.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/astoria-caf...rket-cleveland

Any comments?

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Old 01-06-2019, 04:57 AM
 
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Default Fluffy Duck Cafe

Here's a place that I'm very likely to visit in 2019, as it's on Chester Ave. adjacent to the Cleveland Clinic main campus and an easy visit while in University Circle. The reviews are excellent. Reportedly there is free parking behind the building.

About Us – Fluffy Duck Cafe – University Circle, Cleveland Ohio

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUser...o.html#REVIEWS

Any comments?
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:27 AM
 
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Here's a few that I visited in the last month or so:
Saucy Brew Works: Good pizza + beer. They have a fire going and patio seating with electric heaters. We took the family, including grandkid and had a great time. Really liked the Czech pilsner.
https://www.saucybrewworks.com/cleve...kaAjXkEALw_wcB

Spice kitchen and bar. I enjoyed the food, and atmosphere. Its a bit spricy. This is along Detroit going toward Gordon Square.
Spice Kitchen & Bar

This is interesting: Museum of Divine statues - rescued from various Cleveland area churches. Probably helps to be religious and catholic to enjoy this.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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Spice kitchen and bar. I enjoyed the food, and atmosphere. Its a bit spricy. This is along Detroit going toward Gordon Square.
Spice Kitchen & Bar
I dined at Spice for the first time a few months ago during Restaurant Week. It was very good, but obviously not exceptionally good, as I can't today remember anything that I ordered!

Looking at the current menu, I do remember that we shared the Killbuck Valley Mushroom Flatbread, which we enjoyed. Whatever I had for an entrée, I remember the waitress saying it wasn't a fixture on the menu and that the menu changed frequently.

What I do remember is that parking is a big challenge in that area. My memory is that Spice doesn't offer valet service, unlike many of the parking-challenged restaurants in Little Italy. We dined early (just after 5 p.m. in advance of a play, and were lucky to find the last parking space in the small lot behind the restaurant. I wouldn't attempt to drive there during a peak business period.

Spice and Gordon Square are surprisingly easy to reach from the east side using the Shoreway.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:22 PM
 
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I dined at Spice for the first time a few months ago during Restaurant Week. It was very good, but obviously not exceptionally good, as I can't today remember anything that I ordered!

Looking at the current menu, I do remember that we shared the Killbuck Valley Mushroom Flatbread, which we enjoyed. Whatever I had for an entrée, I remember the waitress saying it wasn't a fixture on the menu and that the menu changed frequently.

What I do remember is that parking is a big challenge in that area. My memory is that Spice doesn't offer valet service, unlike many of the parking-challenged restaurants in Little Italy. We dined early (just after 5 p.m. in advance of a play, and were lucky to find the last parking space in the small lot behind the restaurant. I wouldn't attempt to drive there during a peak business period.

Spice and Gordon Square are surprisingly easy to reach from the east side using the Shoreway.
We were there on a Saturday night at 5:00PM and got a decent parking space right on Detroit - about 300 feet East of Spice. I had the lamb ribs which were pretty good - I'm not a big carnivore but they talked me into it. I thought the leek soup was great. The wine list looked extensive but I'm not a wine drinker. The beer list was short - and that's OK - but it was of good quality. It's exactly how I would recommend to any good restaurant that doesn't want to stock 50+ varieties of beer. They had a good craft offering in each category (Pils, Lager, IPA, stout, etc.) In fact if I had my own restaurant that was attempting to challenge palettes - I would only stock craft beers. The national brewers just don't get it - no need to offer crap products.

We were going to get the Killbuck Valley Mushroom Flatbread - that looked interesting - glad you enjoyed that. I think the farm to table movement is a good thing and hopefully we see more and more offerings, it would be nice to develop a cottage industry in the area - supplying fresh food at a decent price.
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Old 01-07-2019, 03:24 PM
 
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Spice kitchen and bar. I enjoyed the food, and atmosphere. Its a bit spricy.
Did you mean to say spicy or pricey? Please clarify.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:35 PM
 
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Did you mean to say spicy or pricey? Please clarify.
It was an intentional play on words. I found it kind of pricey. It was not spicy. My opinion, try to stick with low meat or no meat options - I think that's their forte with the local produce. Sorry for being cheeky.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:42 PM
 
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Gotta get to Slyman's anchor restaurant/deli on St. Clair and order a corned beef sandwich.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:06 AM
 
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Default New (to me) nature preserves

While writing another post, I stumbled across a couple nature preserves in northeast Ohio which were new to me.

The Hach-Otis State Nature Preserve Sanctuary is in Willoughby Hills. It reportedly offers good vistas above the Chagrin River, excellent birding opportunities, and wildflowers.

https://clevelandmagazine.com/at-hom...-bath-township

Hach-Otis

Hach-Otis apparently is another gem in northeast Ohio's century-old efforts to preserve its natural heritage.

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/inde...ke_county.html

https://www.news-herald.com/news/ohi...53a361d2d.html

The Bath Nature Preserve saves for posterity the one-time country estate of Harvey Firestone.

https://clevelandmagazine.com/at-hom...-bath-township

A visit to the Bath Nature Preserve would complement a visit to the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

https://www.bathtownship.org/Parks%2...ge%20parks.htm

https://www.bathtownship.org/Parks%2...0Optimized.pdf
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