Lola’s proves Iron Chef still tops in Cleveland

There are so many restaurants that you go to and think, “Wow, this is one of the best in Cleveland, it might even be as good as Michael Symon’s.” But then you go to Lola Bistro (2058 E. 4th St. in Cleveland) and realize, no, he’s still the Iron Chef. We had our yearly reminder of that on a recent Saturday night when we went … Continue reading Lola’s proves Iron Chef still tops in Cleveland

Pupuseria Katarina for your Salvadoran fix

Ever get in the mood for some Salvadoran food? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. What? You don’t? Well, to be fair, it’s not as common as Mexican or Chinese cuisine but there are a couple of options in Northeast Ohio and those include Pupuseria Katarina at 1409 Brookpark Road on the Cleveland/Parma border. Now, to put it in Northeast Ohio-speak, pupusas are corn … Continue reading Pupuseria Katarina for your Salvadoran fix

Turning to Merchant Street in Tremont

Jeannene and I are always looking for a good restaurant that’s open on Sundays in the never-ending quest to fend off the Sunday blahs. For all you retirees out there, that’s the feeling you get when you realize the weekend is over and you start thinking about all the problems at work you pushed off until Monday. And we think we found such a restaurant … Continue reading Turning to Merchant Street in Tremont

Momocho puts new spin on margarita – black ant salt

Black ant salt. I was going to give this article a more narrative start but in the journalism biz that would be called “Burying the lede.” So… black ant salt. Not wanting to deal with the crazy, drunk, green-clad bar crowds celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Jeannene and I  decided to “counterprogram” and go to a Mexican place, one of the best in the Cleveland area … Continue reading Momocho puts new spin on margarita – black ant salt

Porco retools food menu

There’s enough kitsch and craziness hanging on the walls of Porco Lounge and Tiki Room to cause even the most stable adult on Ritalin to become utterly distracted. The drink menu is the same way – so many options displayed like a colorful fast-food kid’s menu. If I had a crayon (blue, please) I’d be scribbling all over it. But what this awesome bar a little … Continue reading Porco retools food menu