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Steve in Philly | Mar 15, 200407:37 AM

Quick report on my Cleveland Dining from last Tuesday to yesterday (Sunday). Thanks for all suggestions.

First, we were based at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel for the 6 days so had very little time to get out much and breakfast every day was at Panero’s in the Tower City Center mall (except Sunday when they don’t open until late.)

The BIG meal was Tuesday night and we chose Vivo, which was perfect! We were party of 20 and they gave us the private room. I thought the menu was very reasonable, compared to others I looked at. And so did others. We received very attentive service and the food was plated creatively. I had a Portobello mushroom with goat cheese ($7.00), Rack of Lamb (huge) with unusual red grape sauce, ($28.00) and huge portion of Tiramasu gelato ($5.00) plus a glass of an unusual red win ($8.00 for nearly 9 oz). There were a number of pasta entrees (the ravioli’s were most unique) in the $16.00 range. EVERYONE loved it.

A few folks went to Sans Souci in Renaissance and thought excellent and fairly priced (Hotel manager told me they LOWERED prices in 2002 to attract business.)

I love Fat Fish Blue for the decent casual food and very fair prices. Wednesday night we went there to see Robert Lockwood Jr. (no cover!) and I ordered the massive and delicious Bread Pudding. I had to share. It was too much for me. Went back next night and had the Muffalata with sweet potato chips (A bargain at $6.99) and since it was happy hour, the Fat Fish Brew Beers were only 2 bucks! And then I went back on Friday for dinner and had the Po Boy!. It’s only a block from the Renaissance!

Saturday at noon I took Rapid to West Side Market and had fun. Unlike Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, most stalls at WSM are raw food. I did have a great $2.00 Brat at Frankie’s and “Russian Tea Cake covered with chocolate” at the strudel stand. And a City Roast Coffee. Picked up some Ohio apples to bring home too. Walked the neighborhood which has some great Victorian house and even found Farkas pastry shop but did not indulge. I was REALLY impressed by the historic buildings of St. Ignatius High School –over 11 students per the family I asked. The main building is gorgeous!

Yesterday we walked a few blocks from hotel to Water St. Grill for brunch. Served our purpose and had live piano player but all we wanted was omelets.

Well, that’s the food report. I did get back to the Art Museum and we had a conference night at the Rock Hall.

I can’t rave enough about the staff at the Renaissance. You’d never know this was a chain. They never said no to anything and always went out of their way. The location is the best in Downtown Cleveland. And their concierge, Susan Miller, has the best recommendations for everything.

It’ll probably be a while before I get back to Cleveland – I was there in October to plan our conference and this week to attend it – but I was really impressed and thank all those who offered suggestions.

Steve in Philly.

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