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Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week 2014

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I have been MIA for the past year and a half and I really don’t have a good excuse.  But, I am happy to be returning to the blogging world and what better way to come back during Cleveland Restaurant week!

Restaurant week is a great opportunity to experience what Cleveland’s booming culinary scene has to offer.  During restaurant week restaurants are offering $30 three-course  dinner menus with some restaurants offering $15 lunch options.

There is still time to join the fun! Restaurant week ends Sunday, March 2, 2014.  Click here to check out the participating restaurants and menu selection! (I recommend you make a reservation)

Jordan and I went to Lola Bistro, located on East 4th Street in downtown Cleveland.  Lola is owned by the famous iron chef and The Chew cast member, Michael Symon.

Jordan and I arrived a few minutes early and waited over at the bar to grab a drink.  One thing that is very different than most restaurants is that you order your drink with an iPad!  Jordan and I found this helpful so that you’re not yelling over someone who is seated at the bar.

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Wine case behind the bar.

 

We were seated on time in a comfortable spot in the restaurant.  We both started out with the mixed greens salad.  For our entrees Jordan tried the Beef Hanger Steak (that came with Lola Fries).  I tried the Scallops (with leek, sweet potato, mustard, and lemon).  Jordan and I were both very impressed with our selections!

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Scallops

For dessert Jordan had the Key Lime Tart and I had the Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Salted Carmel Ice Cream (YUM!!).

Jordan and I were very pleased with our restaurant choice for restaurant week.  We always try to participate every year and the past few times Jordan and I walked away disappointed.  Lola is definitely a place we will come back to!

Molly Jean

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La Strada

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Groupon provides an excellent opportunity to try restaurant’s that you have not tried before.  I stumbled upon a Groupon for La Strada a couple of months ago and have been eager to try it out! Another restaurant to cross off my list!

La Strada is located in the Gateway district of downtown Cleveland on East 4th st- a street filled with many restaurants and night life.   La Strada is composed of Mediterranean inspired dishes inspired by Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, and Greece.

The restaurant had many large tables.  There were many large parties dining at the restaurant with only a few couples.  Jordan and I were seated upstairs where most of the tables for 2 are located.  The food and atmosphere were great.  The sword fish that I ordered for my main entree was some of the best sword fish I have ever tried!  My only complaint is that there was a major temperature difference between the first and second level.   Jordan and I were uncomfortably warm for the first 10 minutes after being seated, but once we were served our beverage we cooled off a bit.

Check out what I ate below!

 

Appetizer

Buffalo Mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, olive oil, cracked papper, and crostini

Main Course

Fish of the Day- Sword Fish with roasted red pepper puree and roasted vegetables.

 

Complimentary Fruit

Courtesy fruit plate

successful date night!

Molly Jean