Reporting back from last weekends Cleveland trip. Made it into town early to witness my sisters (somewhat) impromptu wedding at Edgewater park. We then stopped by the West Side Market and stocked up on Ohio city pastas ravioli and Pierogi Place pierogis (the Spicy Black bean are killer). Next stop was the Market Avenue wine bar, then off to find the boat house to register for the race. Unfortunately the map I printed from their web site wasnt very good so we drove around for about 2 hours before finally finding the place. By the time we made to the hotel it was about 9 and I was too tired to go in search of dinner so we decided to go to the hotel restaurants for a light meal. We lucked out it happened to be San Souci. I would go back for the Wood fired mussel appetizer alone. The mussel shells were slightly charred and served in a chunky red sauce, the shells infused a wonderful smoky flavor - we used the bread to sop up all of the sauce. The calamari appetizer was less of a hit, the calamari were done perfectly not chewy or underdone, there was nothing wrong with the dish, the sauce was just a little sweet for my tastes. Many of the entrees looked tempting but I was full from the appetizers and bread served with tapenade.
After the rowing race on Saturday we had reservations for 5:30 at Pier W. When we arrived the two couples who had children were already there (2.5 year old and 1 year old). We roamed around looking at the view for a while and then decided to go in and get seated so those couples could leave if their kids got too antsy. When we walked down into the restaurant the matred stopped one of our guests and said something. He had a very thick accent and I thought he said that children were not allowed (Now Im thinking Oh Boy, I should have asked as the other couple walks down the stairs with their child). When I asked the man to repeat himself he said that no shorts were allowed in the restaurant but that they would let our guest dine anyway (the rest of the party was dressed appropriately). So the kids were indeed welcome and they had cheeseburgers and pizza from the kids menu (I noticed two of the adults at the table sampling the pizza as well). Having read some reviews I knew to for the truffled tater tots from the bar menu they were decadent and terrific. They looked more like hush puppies, and consisted of mashed potatoes formed around a little cheese and truffle oil accompanied by some tempura vegetables. Several of the guests had oysters as appetizers and my husband and I split the peeky toe crab appetizer it was good but had too much chopped egg for my taste. Another diner had the Halibut Tacos and proclaimed them divine. Each entrée comes with a house salad which is a combination of greens held together on the plate by a thin strip of zucchini and served with an Asian sesame sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds this was very good and just the right size for a house salad. I ordered the scallops which were done perfectly and served over a piccata style sauce accompanied by fresh sautéed spinach. They were perfectly done and large enough that I couldnt finish the meal (other diners were happy to help). The Lobster Pappardele got rave reviews as did the Walleye Tempura. The guest who ordered the Veal Paillard licked her plate clean (OK she had a few glasses of wine) All in all Id highly recommend both restaurants and plan to try at least one new place on my next visit to Cleveland thanks to everyone who gave recommendations.