Restaurant week in Cleveland is a great way to try many of the FANTASTIC local restaurants and cuisine that Cleveland has to offer. There are about 40 restaurants participating for the event. The restaurants offer $30 three course meal (per person) for dinner and $15 lunch specials. $30 per person may seem like a lot to spend, but this is the opportunity to try the foods at local restaurants, most are “upscale.” If you added each course up by what they would usually cost individually, all three courses add up to $50 or more! You are really getting a bang for you buck!
Downtown Cleveland’s 5th Annual Restaurant Week started Monday, February 27, 2012 and ends on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Here is the link to the list of the participating restaurants and their menus they are offering! By listing all of the menus, you are able to choose the place that you have a taste for! http://downtowncleveland.com/events/restaurant-week/participating-restaurants-.aspx
On Sunday my boyfriend and I looked at each menu. We eliminated restaurants that we have already dined at in the past. We wanted to take the opportunity to dine at a place we haven’t been! We settled on Johnny’s Downtown located on West 6th. We made reservations immediately!
We were both extremely and pleasantly surprised with our dining experience at Johnny’s! The service is impeccable! Jordan had arrived at the restaurant before me. When I walked in there was someone up front to take my coat and lead me to the bar to where Jordan was sitting. The man told me to relax, have a drink, and enjoy myself before we were seated for dinner. Jordan and I chatted for about 10-15 minutes and watched the Cavs game on the TV. The hostess came over to see if we were ready to be seated. He placed both of our drinks on a tray and lead us over to our table.
The gorgeous dark wood work and oversized chandeliers made the atmosphere cozy and impressive, knowing that we were in for a treat. Our waitress greeted us and handed us both the regular menu as well as the restaurant week menu. We both had already chosen which meal we were going to have on Sunday, but we noticed there was something different. The menu was not three-courses… it was four!! A house salad had been added to the menu. The waitress informed us Johnny’s was the only restaurant offering four courses. She explained how this was great for the customer’s benefit, but it was also great for the chefs, allowing them to prepare each course with care and perfection. Here is the link to the menu. Please note the menu does not include the side salad.
This is what I had:
This was AWESOME!! We were each given to large slices of what seemed to be honey wheat bread. The bread was warm, which is always a plus. Our waitress recommended that we dip the bread in the juice of this dish!
This was the item added onto the menu. Perfect size, just enough balsamic dressing! Field Greens, walnuts, gorganzola, and balsamic. Very simple and elegant.
The salmon was cooked perfectly. The winter vegetables included green beans, cauliflower, butternut squash, spinach, and potatoes. For those of you who don’t know, arincini is fried risotto, which you can see in the upper portion of the picture.
Dessert=YUM! This was so good. The cake was warm, sweet, moist, and delicious! I definitely cleared my plate!
We found the bill to be amusing.
If you live in Cleveland I definitely recommended taking advantage of Restaurant week. I highly recommend Johnny’s Downtown. Take a look at all of the menus to see what you have a taste for! I recommend making a reservation. The restaurants are very crowded this entire week! Most restaurants participating allow you to make reservations through Open Table, but some, such as Johnny’s, do not and you should call!
More info can be found at http://downtowncleveland.com/events/restaurant-week.aspx
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