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Believe in Cleveland

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An April 2006 trip to Cleveland by The Breeze

My Friends Deli and Restaurant Photo, Cleveland, Ohio More Photos
Quote: If you have the opportunity to visit here, have no fear: Unless you hide out in your room and mope, you will not be bored.

Believe in Cleveland

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Overview

Cleveland, Ohio skyline Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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It is sad to me that the city of my birth has evolved over the years into a source of negative connotations and even bad jokes. My life circumstances forced me to live a distance from this place for a number of years, but my heart has always been loyal to it: Through all my travels, I have really never found a location that I would rather live in than the greater Cleveland area. To me, it feels comfortable.Cleveland has everything: Buildings of every imaginable style that illustrate its colorful history; museums for every interest, including art, natural history, health, automobiles, horticulture, rock, and science; a wide array of restaurants to suit any taste; exquisitely restored theaters...Read More

Brownstone Inn Downtown

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Hotel | "The Brownstone Inn Downtown"

Brownstone Inn Downtown Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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Before I begin, I need to say that I, personally, have not yet stayed at this inn.However, if I were visiting from out of town, this is where I would choose to stay. It is such a big, fantastic-looking four-story building: a renovated 1874 townhouse that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, recognizable by its peacock blue entrance doors. In the front yard grows America’s largest elm tree, dating back to 1860.Many have said that it makes them feel as if they were living in New York. It’s conveniently located within easy access to Cleveland’s top attractions. The innkeeper/owner, Mr. Robin Yates, will give guests a personal tour of the city, his special favorite be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Brownstone Inn Downtown
3649 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 426-1753

Johnny Mango Juice Bar & World Cafe

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Restaurant | "Johnny Mango Juice Bar & World Cafe"

Johnny Mango Juice Bar & World Cafe Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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I just love this restaurant! It’s such a fun, happy place housed in a historic Ohio City building. Inside, the sunny windows even further enhance the tropical colors and panes of tinted glass etched with lizards that are seen on the walls. From the puffy clouds painted on the blue tin ceiling are hanging big, cooling fans. The whole mood is made even more upbeat by the cheerful, relaxed wait staff.Even the menu makes a person smile. From the juice bar one can order such delights as a Pelican Kiss (apple/ cranberry/ginger), a Melon Sparkler, or a Mango-Lime Spritzer. Also available are a selection of frozen yogurt/soymilk shakes such as the Tingle, an apple, banana, strawberry, cocoa and s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Johnny Mango Juice Bar & World Cafe
3120 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 575-1919

My Friend's Deli and Restaurant Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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If you should be hit with a late-night attack of the "munchies" while you’re in town, the place to go to satisfy those hunger pangs is My Friend’s Deli. This unassuming restaurant is located west of town on Detroit Avenue. It’s always busy, always comfortable and open 24 hours. The menu consists of simple, basic food like lentil soup or an open-faced meatloaf sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy. There are also some deli creations, and lots of salads. To top it off, your server can bring you a slice of one of the delectable baked items that you probably noticed in the glass case prominently situated in the front as you entered the restaurant. Or just bypass the menu and choose one of these f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

My Friend's Deli and Restaurant
11616 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
(216) 221-2575

Slyman's Restaurant

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Restaurant

Slyman's Restaurant Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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If you are a corned beef lover like me, then you absolutely HAVE to fit this place into your schedule while you’re in Cleveland. Slyman’s is well-known in the area as the home of the world’s absolute best corned beef sandwich. You have to trust me on this: I am NOT KIDDING. Picture 4 to 5 inches of thinly sliced corned beef layers with the perfect flavor and virtually NO FAT marring its perfection, nestled between two huge slices of fresh, soft rye bread. On the plate with it is a gigantic dill pickle slab. Price: $7.50, definitely worth it. I have never been able to eat an entire one of these sandwiches; there’s plenty, in my opinion, for two people, or one person, two meals.There a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Slyman's Restaurant
3106 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 621-3760

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Restaurant | "Great Lakes Brewing Company"

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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Even if you are not a beer aficionado, this wonderful old brewpub is well worth a visit. Located minutes from downtown, it’s just across from the West Side Market. The attractive Victorian building was previously the site of the Market Tavern, which was established around 1865 and popular among Cleveland’s business professionals. Its most famous patron was Eliot Ness. It was remodeled into the Great Lakes Brewing Company in 1992 by the present owners, brothers Patrick and David Conway. The first thing you’ll notice when you step inside its smoke-free interior is the handsome Tiger Mahogany bar, the most beautiful I have ever seen, lined with matching vintage mahogany bar chairs and brass foot rails fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2516 Market Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
+1 216 771 4404

Tower City Center

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Attraction

Tower City Center Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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If you have a rainy day during your Cleveland visit, or if you are simply in the mood to shop, a pleasant option is "The Avenue", a glitzy three-level complex of marble, brass and glass right off of Public Square in the heart of Cleveland. At first glance it looks like just an up-scale mall; maybe it is, but I feel that its uniqueness makes it worth visiting.Besides the shopping opportunities (most of which are clothing or shoe stores) there is a food court and a theater complex. If you want something a little more classy, there are some restaurants, including Hard Rock Café, Panera Bread, and a steakhouse. If you want to be really classy, you could dine at the Ritz-Carlton or the Renaissance Hotel, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Tower City Center
230 W. Huron Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 623-4750

Great Lakes Science Center

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Attraction

Great Lakes Science Center Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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This beautiful science center is now in its tenth year. It sits on Lake Erie alongside the Rock Hall of Fame. It has an attached parking garage, so you can just park your car, walk right in, and spend the day playing in this fun place. And believe me, if you have the time, you really COULD spend an entire day here! It’s one of those rare places that appeal to all ages on its many different learning levels, and because there are so many interactive exhibits, no one gets bored. When lunch time rolls around, you might want to grab a bite to eat at Bytes Restaurant, which has an outdoor terrace for nice days, or Great Lakes Grill or Pizza Hut on the lower level.The first thing you’d see if you wer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 694-2000

Market Avenue Wine Bar Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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Located just a couple doors down from the Great Lakes Brewing Co., this intimately small wine bar offers over 70 wines by the glass and over 400 by the bottle, a diverse selection of whites, reds, ports, Madeira and sherries, at state-minimum pricing. There is a small menu of hors d’oeuvres, most of which are served with warm, golden baguettes. A customer favorite is Baked Almond Brie (a creamy, almond-topped cheese baked in a puff-pastry shell and served with baguettes and an array of fresh fruit slices) It goes well with a spicy glass of Shiraz. Other tempting choices are the tapenade platter, smoked trout, or the Mozzarella Caprese Salad dressed in sweet and tangy balsamic.These lovely tast...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Market Avenue Wine Bar
2526 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 696-9463

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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Where else could one view such items as Hank Williams’ white wool felt cowboy hat, Ricky Nelson on the cover of a Life Magazine, and a display of the life and music of Roy Orbison but in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The House That Rock Built? Rising by the shore of Lake Erie, this spectacular building captures the attention of anyone who gazes north from East 9th Street. Over 162 feet tall, it was designed by architect I.M. Pei (who also designed the extension of the Louvre) to express rock’s new power. Inside are 150,000 square feet over three levels of interactive exhibits, films, videos and artifacts of all facets of rock and roll history. Permanent as well as temporary exhibits sure to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1 Key Plaza
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
+1 216 781 7625; +1

House of Blues

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Attraction | "The House of Blues"

House of Blues Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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When planning your visit to Cleveland, be sure to check out the schedule at the House of Blues! If a group that interests you is booked during your stay, I guarantee that you have the makings of an enjoyable evening. Located right near the center of town, this is one of the coolest venues I have ever seen. The best description I can think of for the decor of the place is eclectic elegance. Fascinating posters, hangings, and hand-painted murals adorn the walls throughout. There are two performance areas, and I have attended and thoroughly enjoyed concerts in both. The smaller one, the Cambridge Room, is just like a good-sized living room complete with sumptuous wallpaper, draperies, and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

House of Blues
308 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 523-2583

West Side Market

Attraction

West Side Market Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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For a REAL taste (literally as well as figuratively) of Cleveland’s local color, do check out this European-style market on the corner of West 25th and Lorain Avenue—one of the world’s largest indoor/outdoor food and produce markets, founded in 1912. Here you will find a melting pot of people and food, with more than 70 vendors busily displaying and selling their products in individual booths which line the aisles inside and outside of the huge neo-classical/Byzantine style building. Meats, fish, cheeses, pastries, spices, deli items… you name it, it’s all right here. And trust me, you won’t find better meat. Most of the better restaurants in the area buy theirs here (I’ve asked); it’s that good. A pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

West Side Market
1979 West 25 St
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
+1 216 664 3386

Cleveland Metroparks Photo, Cleveland, Ohio
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If you are a fan of hiking or bicycling and planning a visit to Cleveland, then I’ve got news for you! The Cleveland Metropark system (known in these parts as the "Emerald Necklace"), skirting around the city, is one of the most beautiful and extensive city park systems in the country. Consisting of about 9,000 acres of green space, the nine connecting reservations contain hundreds of miles of hiking trails, 82 miles of bridle trails, and over 60 miles of paved pathways on which cycling, walking, running, and in-line skating are permitted. In addition, there are lots of nice picnic areas, and many other unique features throughout. In addition, the Metropark’s Ohio and Erie Canal Reserva...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Cleveland Metroparks
3037 Som Center Road
Cleveland, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Photo,
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Heading south from Cleveland is the Towpath Trail of the historic Ohio and Erie Canal. Part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this great biking and hiking trail follows the Cuyahoga River into Akron and beyond. Along the way are some historic sites with descriptive plaques, various visitor centers, and even some canal lock demonstrations. It’s a very relaxing way to spend the day if you would like to get away from the hubbub of the city for a while. To find out more or see what’s going on in the park, go to http://nps.gov/cuva. In conjunction with the park is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which offers a variety of special excursions throughou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
1664 Main Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44264
(330) 657-2000