Hi guys! Today I am guest posting over at Katie’s blog where I am talking about living with Todd. Check it out! Here is a guest post from my friend, Katrina! Be sure to check out Katrina’s blog where Katie is guest posting about her favorite places in Cleveland.
Hi, Wearing Mascara readers! I’m Katrina, from the blog Bite Buff, where I share my personal dining adventures around Greater Cleveland as I explore what our area’s independent restaurants have to offer. We are participating in the blog swap through the Ohio Blogging Association, and I’d like to thank Julie for allowing me to post here today. Make sure that you check out my blog today for fellow blogger Katie’s favorite dining spots around our city!
The booming culinary scene in our city was the biggest surprise when I moved here almost five years ago. The restaurant scene in Cleveland always leaves me with a very long “To Dine” list, and many fun excursions checking out new (to me) restaurants. I always struggle with the question—“What’s your favorite restaurant?” Who has time to pick just one when there are so many amazing options? Just for the record, a few favorites include Washington Place Bistro, Light Bistro, Tremont Tap House, Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar, Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, and the newly opened The Black Pig is making its way up my list.
One of the things I love about our city is that many others share my passion for good food that is locally sourced (when possible). Through my blog, I’ve met so many amazing people, and shared some really memorable meals. One source is the Cleveland Dinner Club, coordinated by my friend Joe. You can follow the club on Twitter at @CLEDinnerClub, and direct message him to be added to the mailing list. The club gathers about once a month for a prix fixe menu set by the hosting chef, or a casual happy hour. He likes to rotate the format, and location, of events to include as many people as possible. I try to never miss an event, and we’ve traveled to the east side, downtown, west, and south. All of the sit-down dinners are generally priced at $40 (tax and tip not included) for a multi-course meal determined by the restaurant that is hosting that month. There is almost always a gluten-free and/or vegetarian option, to make sure that no one is excluded.
November brought us to SOHO Kitchen & Bar in Ohio City. I have not had great experiences with this restaurant in the past (four visits), so I was skeptical going into it. Overall, I would say that it was probably my best experience with their food, but it didn’t leave me wanting more. In general, I think it lacks the richness and depth of flavor that Southern food defines to me. However, some table favorites were the jalapeno remoulade on the fried green tomatoes, the Camembert cheese wrapped with Virginia country ham and Louisiana pecans with a Kentucky bourbon glaze, and the dessert course of the cornbread French toast. Here is a shot of the salad course:
A nut lettuce, baby beets, delicate squash, local feta, and pomegranate seeds salad with a pumpkin-cider vinaigrette.
We’ve had some outstanding meals with the CLEDinnerClub, and while this may have been my least favorite experience with the food, it was still a fantastic time sharing a meal with other Clevelanders. I saw old friends, familiar faces, and dined with some new club members. I always meet interesting people, and enjoy a chef’s whim menu that highlights a local restaurant. The club is welcome to everyone, and I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Come join us!Pin It