July 31, 2009

Touch Supper Club

Last week I decided to try something new. So, serached for a new restaurnt on Restaurant.com, where you can buy $25 gift certificates for about $10. Being a Upromise member, I got mine for $3. I stumbled upon an interesting restaurant called Touch Supper Club. It was amazing, so I wrote a review of it...

Touch Supper Club $$$

Upon locating Touch, in the heart of Ohio City, my expectations wavered from the image portrayed by their chic website. But the barred up windows and single neon sign, which could be mistaken for “touch stripper club” at first glance, hides a gem of Cleveland fine dining. Touch’s interior gives way to a relaxed, welcoming feeling with indie rock music adding to the ambiance. The walls are adorned with intriguing and conversation spurring artwork which instantly makes the visit worthwhile.

Don’t let the cheap paper menu deceive you, executive chef Jeff Fisher pulls off a perfect balance of flavor and visual appeal in every dish I tried. I recommend the calamari for an interesting spin on a classic appetizer. Half was lightly battered and fried with a honey Dijon sauce and the other half was sautéed with sundried tomatoes and Kalamata olives. If you enjoy lamb, the chops were truly superb with a perfect sear on the outside leaving the inside a perfect medium rare. The chef uses the freshest and finest ingredients purchased from local producers or markets. I have never tasted sweeter berries in the berries foster.

Touch could not be a staple of Ohio City without a quality beer selection. If you are feeling adventurous, try something new from their large selection of imports, including many Belgian and German beers. But if you are lost, feel free to ask the staff for an expert recommendation.

Touch offers lunch and dinner daily with a hand full of specials like free sushi and soup days, and a Sunday brunch. So, next time you take the redline down to Ohio City, be sure to stop at Touch. It’s a perfect place to hang out with friends or show that special someone how much you care.

Rating: *****

July 29, 2009

Late Summer/Fall Concerts

Classes start in a month... so I decided to go through all the concerts that I want to go to. Its mostly a wish list because I'm constantly poor and classes kind of get in the way of fun. So, if you are new to the Cleveland area, there are a lot of good concert venues in the area.

The Grog Shop, in Coventry, is a great small venue with a personal feel to it. Great venue for small acts. Some of the best shows I've seen in Cleveland were there, like The Hush Sound and The Twilight (The best band in Cleveland!!).

The Agora, located on Euclid, has a theater and a ballroom. The ballroom is a smaller stage, while the theater hosts larger acts like Motion City Soundtrack. It has been a staple of the Cleveland music scene, but unfortunately it is closed for the summer and there are no acts scheduled as of yet. The closure has resulted from many factors due to the economy, ownership issues and a naturally slower season. For more details check here. We all hope things go well and hope to see some great shows soon.

Peabody's
, near CSU is also a small venue. It mostly houses harder rock and rap shows.

The Nautica Pavilion (formerly the Plain Dealer Pavilion, Formerly the Scene Pavilion, Formerly the Nautica Stage) in the flats, has a large variety of shows. It is an outdoor pavilion. When the sun goes down and the skyline lights up, the pavilion has one of the most stunning backdrops I have ever seen.

The House of Blues is downtown. It is part of the famous chain started by Isaac Tigrett (founder of the Hard Rock Cafe) and Dan Aykroyd. It's notoriety tends to have a higher price tag, but it is a very fun venue with a bar and restaurant attached.

The large venues are the Q (home of Lebron James... and now Shaquille O'neal) and the Wolstein Center. Other, less local venues include Blossom in Cuyahoga Falls and the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.

Always keep an eye out for random shows at local bars and even the Rock Hall! Also, Case UPB has a great selection for Spot Nights, Fall concerts and Spring Fest. Just check the UBP site. There are also tons of free concerts like the Sparx concert series and Wade Oval Wednesdays (WOW).

Cleveland has a great music scene... just keep your ears open.

Some good up coming concerts:

Airborne Toxic Event - House of Blues 8/4
Silversun Pickups/Cage the Elephant - Lakewood Civic Auditorium 8/7
Our Lady Peace - House of Blues 8/20
Blink 182/Weezer - Blossom 9/2
Ra Ra Riot - The Grog Shop 9/13
The Clarks - The Grog Shop 9/18
Sondre Lerche - Beachland Ballroom 9/18
Joshua Radin - Beachland Ballroom 9/19
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Our Dead... - The Grog Shop 9/24
MuteMath - House of Blues 9/26
Built to Spill - The Grog Shop 10/4
Yo La Tengo - Beachland Ballroom 10/5
Hellogoodbye (w/ Hanson?!? wtf) - House of Blues 10/6
Guster - House of Blues 11/05
The Academy Is... - House of Blues 11/14
Dinosaur Jr. - The Grog Shop 11/20 (my 23rd birthday!! buy me a drink)

Feel free to fill me in on anything I missed...

July 28, 2009

Best Restaurants in Cleveland

I compiled a list of my favorite restaurants in Cleveland. It is by no means complete because my memory sucks and I haven't been to every restaurant in Cleveland.

They are listed roughly in order favorite restaurant as a whole. I also threw in locations and price ranges for good measure:

1. Touch Supper Club - Ohio City $$$
2. Lolita - Tremont $$$
3. Lola - E. 4th St. $$$$
4. Great Lakes Brewery - Ohio City $$
5. La Dolce Vita - Little Italy $$$
6. Nighttown - Cedar-Fairmount $$$
7. Tommy's - Coventry $
8. Pacific East – Coventry $$
9. Aladin's Eatery - Cedar-Fairmount $
10. The Chophouse - Warehouse Dist $$$

More good ones:
Johnny's Downtown - Warehouse Dist $$$$
No. 1 Pho - Asia Town $$
Boo Long - Asia Town (Dim Sum) $-$$
Flannery's - E. 4th St. $$
Dewey's Pizza - Cedar-Lee $$
Hot Sauce Williams - $
Best Steak & Gyro - East Clev $
Grum's Sub Shoppe - Coventry $
Dave's Cosmic Subs - Coventry $

Places I NEED to go:
Melt
Zocalo's
XO Steakhouse
Mary Yoder's
Slyman's Deli
The Town Fryer

I'm sure there are a bunch I'm leaving out... maybe I'll update it later.

My First Blog

My original idea was to write a guide book about surviving your time at CWRU, including tips about how to make the best out of your 4 years (or 5 like me... or even 9 like the man, the myth, the legend, The Bachey). But that sounded like a lot of work... so my friends suggested a Blog. Up until now, I have lumped blogs into the useless crap on the internet. Now, I am adding to that useless crap, with the hope that someone might read it and get some use out of it. So, if you like it, tell me... I like to feel important.

So, I dont profess to have the end all opinion on this wonderful school and the amazing city we reside in and my views are not the views of the school or the administration. But, I have been through a lot to get to where I am now and I have had my share of experiences and have definitely made my share of mistakes. As my father taught me, mistakes are the best learning tool. So, take my advice as just a friend or even that babbling hobo who might have something good to say every once and a while.

I intend on posting every few days about local events, restaurants, bars, concerts, tips and tricks, or anything that really strikes my interest. I hope you find some use out it and hopefully I'm not just a babbling idiot.

Cheers,
BobGuy