Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week

Food lovers and bargain hunters unite – it’s time for the 4th Annual Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week. Experience Cleveland’s burgeoning food scene first-hand and for a great price at Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s annual weeklong food celebration. From Monday, February 21 through Sunday, February 27, diners can enjoy a $30 prix-fixe dinner menu featuring three courses at more than 45 Downtown Cleveland restaurants. For the complete list of participating restaurants and more information visit


Fall Is Time For Clambakes

I’ve still never been to a clambake, but based on my inbox, it’s clearly that time of year!

Here are a few upcoming clambakes in and around Cleveland:

Houlihan’s Restaurant, Westlake
Annual Clambake $22.95
September 10, 11 and 12, 2010
Bake includes New England Clam Chowder, 1 dozen Middle Neck Clams, 1/2 Roasted Chicken, Corn on the Cob and Red Skin Potatoes.

Please call (440) 808-9090 for more information or to make a reservation!
Clambakes available this weekend only while they last.

Stancato’s Private Clambakes on the Patio, in the Lounge or Dining Room
Any Friday or Saturday between September and November, 2010, Hours 5-9 pm, parties of two or more

Stancato’s Super Bake $24.95 per person or Stancato’s Steak and Bake for $26.95 per person

Super Bake includes One Dozen Clams with drawn sweet butter, Broth, New England Clam Chowder, Grilled Chicken Pasquale, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Salad Bar. 

Steak and Bake includes One Dozen Clams with drawn sweet butter, Broth, New England Clam Chowder, 6 oz. Signature Steak, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Salad Bar. 

Call, 1-440-886-6242, ext. 5 for reservations.

Stancato’s also offers catered clambakes, leran more at

Gamekeeper’s Tavern
Fridays and Saturdays in October
$59.95 1.25 lb Lobster Bake,  $49.95 Half Chicken Bake,  Additional clams available for $9.00 a dozen (please order when making reservation)

On Northeast Ohio’s Best Outdoor Dining Courtyard.  During Friday’s Clambake chowder and mussels served from 6:30 until 7:30 followed by clams and main course. Saturday chowder and mussels served from 6:00 until 7:00 followed by clams and main course.

Includes: New England Clam Chowder, Prince Edward Island Mussels, 1 Dozen Midlle Neck Clams, Choice of Half Chicken or 1.25 lb Lobster, Rolls, Redskins, Sweet Potato Tamale, Slaw, Sweet Corn, Non-alcoholic beverage and Pumpkin Roll

Reservations are required. Please call 440-247-7744 and ask for Lindy or Sarah for more details and to make your reservations. Tax and gratuity not included. Credit card deposit is required.

The Lakehouse Inn
Clambake at the Beach

September 18, 2010 — Festivities begin at 5:00pm
Overnight for one or two nights, or clambake only ($100 per couple)

End the summer with one last cookout at the beach!

Weekend includes:

– Accommodations for two nights
– Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
– Clambake* Saturday afternoon–Festivities begin at 5:00PM
–5:00PM – Light Hors d’oeuvres
–6:00PM – Chowder served
–6:30PM – Clambake served
–8:00PM – Bonfire on the beach

**** Live Entertainment***

Couple/double occupancy:
(Rates do not include tax)
B&B Room-$360
B&B Suite-$505
Beach House-$650

Couple/double occupancy-one night stay:
B&B Room- $240
B&B Suite-$305
Beach House-$385

$ 100.00 per couple (clambake only)

*Clambake includes-one dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, sweet potatoes or red-skin potatoes, New England clam chowder, cole slaw, sweet corn, rolls and butter, assorted pies, iced tea, a bottle of Lakehouse Wine (per two people), lemonade, coffee, tea

Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Bonfire with marshmallows and smores after sunset on Saturday

Call Andrea today for more information at 440 – 466-8668

Debonne Vineyards
September 17 and 24, 2010

Clam or Steak Bakes, $25.95 per person

Make your reservations today for our annual Clam or Steak Bakes. Dinner includes: one dozen clams or 10 oz. strip steak, 1/2 chicken, New England clam chowder, red skin potatoes, corn on the cob, tossed salad, roll & butter.

Dinner will be served 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Stay the evening and enjoy great entertainment starting at 7 p.m.
$25.95 per person. This is a pre-paid, non-refundable ticket event.

Here are a few posts from last year for more info on clambakes in Cleveland, including where you can buy supplies to host your own clambake or have one catered for you:

Until next time,


Bruegger’s Bagels Toy Drive + Free Kids Meals Dec. 5

Bruegger’s Bakery Asks Community Members to Donate to Toys for Tots on December 5
Toys For Tots Donations Down; Demand Up

Bruegger’s and the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation are sending out a call to action this holiday season. Now in its 62nd year, the organization provides toys for needy children during the holiday season. Local chapters are reporting a devastating need – with requests for toys increasing as much as 50 percent in some cities.

That’s why this Saturday, December 5, from 9 am – 12 pm, Marines will be onsite at Bruegger’s Bakery-Café in five U.S. cities to encourage families to donate what they can. All toys collected will be distributed locally to less fortunate children.

For each new, unwrapped toy that a child donates, Bruegger’s will provide a free meal from the bakery-café’s new kids menu, launched in September 2009. Bruegger’s toy drive began in late October. Participating locations will be accepting donations until December 15.

Where: Cleveland – Mayfield Heights
6075 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Bakery phone: 440-473-1976

Virginia/Washington DC – Liberty Center
818 N Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22203
Bakery phone 703-248-0981

Pittsburgh – South Park
South Park Shops
5213 Library Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Bakery phone 412-833-9381

Cincinnati – Hyde Park
Hyde Park Plaza
3842 Paxton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Bakery phone 513-533-0900

View the official press release here:

Red Robin 4th Annual Kids Cook-Off Championship

One of our favorite restaurants where we take the kiddo is Red Robin, so I was happy to see the following info come across my inbox.

For the 4th Annual Kids’ Cook-Off, kids were asked to create their own unique Gourmet Burger complete with unique toppings and inventive flavors. Ten finalists were selected and will compete at the Championship event on December 3 tomorrow night (broadcast live via webcast) where their burger will be critiqued by a panel of judges, including Food Network Host Robin Miller. The grand prize winning burger will be sold at Red Robin restaurants across the U.S. next summer and 50 cents from every one of the prize-winning burgers sold will benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Three of the finalists are from Ohio:

  • Tyler, who invented the “Awesome Cordon Bleu Burger” is from Mentor, OH.
  • Tanner, who invented the “The Firey Clucker” is from Ashville, OH.
  • Emma D., who invented the “Flamin’ Crispy Chicken Burger” is from Chillicothe, OH.

Visit for your last chance to vote  for your favorite Gourmet Burger or check out the live webcast!

Until next time,


Melt Bar and Grill Giveaway

I’ve recently discovered that an old friend from high school times has a blog going, with giveaways to loval restaurants.   This week is Melt Bar and Grilled in Lakewood.   Check out her blog, Tricia’s Dish, at


Until next time,


Steve’s Gyros at the West Side Market

This past Saturday the hubby and I packed up the toddler for our annual Easter weekend trip to the West Side Market.  We parked in our usual spot down the street, since the parking lot is always packed the day before Easter.  It’s become my duty the past few years to purchase the traditional “lamb cake” from Cake Royale to bring to my sister’s house for the holiday.  

As we entered the indoor area of the market, the delicious smell hit us as usual.  But this time, we decided to actually grab lunch to bring home with us.   We had to decide between sausage hoagies at Frank’s Bratwurst or Steve’s Gyros.   We went with Steve’s Gyros, apparently these things are considered the best gyros in the country by both Maxim Magazine and Continental Airlines Magazine.  For $7, the regular gyro was huge, it had enough meat in it for two gyros.   The meat was piled up in chunks, and the cucumber sauce had a nice kick to it.   I’ll definitely have to go there for lunch again.   I already love going to the West Side Market Cafe for brunch, and next time I’m going to have to try a sausage hoagie as well!   Mmm…I’m getting hungry.  I love that place.

Until next time,


Taking Kids Out to Eat

The hubby and I have recently discovered (during our trip to Great Wolf Lodge), a new secret to keeping the toddler happy while going out to eat…that little DVD player that works so well on the airplane also keeps him happy until his food comes at the restaurant. Another trick that the hubby was impressed by…order the toddler’s food right away, then take care of my own selection and ordering.

We still love Red Robin, and have also been successful at Chili’s. The toddler has also done well at Great Lakes Brewing Company for lunch and Bob Evans for breakfast, this having been before we owned a portable DVD player. Places like bars with restaurants, like GLBC or Winking Lizard, can actually work well, since they are noisy and no one goes there for a quiet evening out.

Cool Cleveland offers some additional options in this week’s issue of the newsletter. Maybe the hubby and I will try taking the toddler over to Little Italy when the hubby has some time off next week…I could go for some Mama Santa’s lasagna!

Any new fave restaurants for taking the kiddos out?  My neighbors’ kid digs The Red Lantern in Kamms Corner, and another neighbor liked taking his kids to George’s Kitchen to teach them how to behave when going out to eat.

Until next time,