I love featuring restaurants in their own post, as it gives me the opportunity to really talk about specific things I like or dislike about that particular eatery. For this post, I thought it would be fun to list all of the Supper Clubs that my fabulous friends and I visited last year and give a quick yay or nay. I’ve used the lovely statues from the Hope Memorial Bridge to give you a rating of 1 (horrible) to 5 (awesome). That way, if you are looking to start your own supper club you have a great starting point! Lucky for all of you, we loved most of the places we went!
January: Bac, Tremont
Highlights: Delicious and refreshing cocktails, and the spicy shrimp quesadillas ($8.95) are AMAZING! I’ve been back since and was equally impressed minus the underwhelming edamame.
February: – Soho, Ohio City
Highlights: Fried green tomatoes ($9) were fantastic and it was the first time I’d ever tried them. My main entree was the crispy rosemary waffles with tofu instead of chicken and bourbon-spiked Ohio maple syrup. They were good, but not enough to leave me wanting more.
March: Pier W, Lakewood
Highlights: Kick-ass happy hour deals without breaking the budget. I could bathe in their Lobster Bisque it’s so good and only $5 for happy hour! Gulf Shrimp Tempura ($6), Caesar Salad ($4), and Calamari Fritti ($6) were all melt in your mouth good. And with drink prices slashed as well, you get an amazing bargain.
April: Viengs, Crocker Park (and Pedicures at Anthony Vince)
Highlights: Fresh and yummy sushi! We were starving after getting pedicures, so this was a last minute addition. The food and vibe were great – just a little far being all the way in Crocker Park.
May: Clifton Wine Bar, Cleveland
Highlights: They have a separate (and extensive) vegetarian and vegan menu! And when the weather is nice, you can hang out on their spacious outdoor patio. I would highly recommend the Goat Cheese “Napoleon” pizza without the pepperoni – yum!
June: Tremont Taphouse, Tremont
Highlights: Cozy outdoor patio with a great beer list. Love their pierogies for $8.50 (shocker), house salad ($6) and mac and cheese ($12)!
July: Rocky River Wine Bar, Rocky River
Highlights: Great wine list and amazing patio! Less impressed with the food I tried that evening. Would love to go back and try their Flight School Wine Tasting for $25 – $40 where they pair five wines with five courses!
August: Tomo, Downtown Cleveland
Highlights: Conveniently located right across the street from our apartment, you can’t lose with their choice of sushi and hibachi! Sushi specials are Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
September: Lago, The Flats
Highlights: Great location with great decor. Food was rather disappointing and portions quite small for the price. Would return for a drink on their outdoor patio, but probably wouldn’t get food again.
October: The Willeyville, The Flats
Highlights: Fresh, local food with a menu that changes regularly. I ordered a seasonal fall soup that was served in a jack o’ lantern – loved it! Decor and lighting are super modern and different.
November: Peppers, Lakewood
Highlights: Mom and pop Italian restaurant, with generous servings and homey charm. The ravioli and pasta with vodka sauce are my favorites -both for less than $15 and that includes a salad! Love!
December: Pier W, Lakewood
Highlights: Good enough to appear on our list twice! While our first trip to Pier W was for their happy hour, we splurged on a real dinner for the holidays. The Crab Stuffed Gulf White Shrimp ($32) is worth every penny. Ask for a table with a view!