Well, dear readers, it was a sunny gorgeous weekend in CLE, the Tribe swept the Reds in the Battle of Ohio…who says the rapture didn’t happen? It was a pretty fantastic weekend and I have lots of Why CLE reasons to share, so let’s get right to it.
Friday night was perfect “drinking beer on a patio” weather, so CLEguy and I headed to Panini’s to do just that. Panini’s beer of the month is Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and the tall drafts are only $4.50!
We enjoyed our beers and a delicious chicken and artichoke pizza, while watching the Tribe get Win #1 of the weekend.
Saturday was another one of those “just have to be outside” days, so CLEguy and I headed to one of my favorite spots to eat, shop, and enjoy the outdoors…Chagrin Falls.
It was a perfect day for sitting by the river, taking in the scenic falls, and wandering around the local boutiques. Chagrin Falls has a quaint, small-town feel, but with enough fabulous restaurants and great shopping to keep everyone happy. And while there are a lot of interesting restaurant choices, we dined at one of my all-time favorites: Joey’s. Joey’s is the classic Italian restaurant: dimly-lit, red-checkered table cloths, warm friendly service, and generous portions of delicious food.
CLEguy and I started with an appetizer special: the seafood bruschetta. Toasted garlic bread was topped with wilted spinach, scallops, and lobster meat, with tomato sauce served on the side. The bruschetta was delicious and packed with huge pieces of lobster and scallops.
We also got plenty of Joey’s delicious pull-apart garlic bread, which I could probably eat an entire basket of myself!
For our entrees, I chose cavetelli with marinara sauce, meatballs, and mushrooms. Traditional and delicious, with enough leftovers to make 2 more meals! CLEguy chose the pasta carbonara: fettucine with alfredo sauce, peas, bacon and ham. While the dish was tasty, there was not as much bacon and ham as he would have liked.
Overall, Joey’s provided a romantic setting for a delicious meal. As I said, this is one of my long-standing favorite places in Chagrin Falls and I highly recommend you check it out. We of couse passed up the tiramisu and cannoli in favor of Chagrin Falls’ newest hot spot: Jeni’s Ice Creams.
The line for Jeni’s was out the door of the tiny shop, but the wait wasn’t long and we needed the time to narrow down which fabulous flavors we wanted to try. Jeni’s serves in half-scoops and I think the best way to experience the deliciousness is to try at least two flavors. The servers are also generous with samples, so you can try before you buy.
I selected the Queen City Cayenne and the Brambleberry Crisp. The Queen City Cayenne is rich chocolate ice cream that catches the back of your throat with a delicious cayenne pepper heat on the finish. The Brambleberry Crisp is packed with “Brambleberry Jam” (blackberries and raspberries), plus black currants and oat streusel. It tasted like the best fruit crisp I’ve ever had – turned into an ice cream. CLEguy selected the Queen City Cayenne, the Bangkok Peanut, and the Rhubarb and Lime Cardamom. The Bangkok Peanut tastes like Thai food – packed with peanut, cayenne, and coconut flavors. The Rhubarb and Lime Cardamom yogurt is outstanding – as CLEguy said, it tastes like summer.
Stuffed, happy, and with a bit of suntan on our faces, we headed home after a wonderful day in Chagrin Falls.
Sunday was a girls’ day out, spent with my best CLEfriend. We started with brunch at Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar. I had heard rave reviews about Deagan’s brunch and my CLEtweeps did not steer me wrong. We started out with the Bloody Mary bar.
You can choose from either plain tomato juice or Deagan’s house Bloody Mary mix, then customize away with choices like olives, celery, pickles, jalapeno peppers, sea salt, celery salt, chili paste, and a variety of hot sauces. I went with the house mix, plus a lime, a peperoncini, chili paste, and sea salt. Spicy!
For our meals, CLEfriend went with the French toast, served with bananas, toasted almonds, and whipped cream. While it looked absolutely fantastic, I don’t like bananas (yup, I’m weird), so I can only report that she loved it.
I chose the Amish chicken and waffle. The waffle was served with cayenne butter and Ohio blackberry maple syrup (there were whole blackberries floating in the syrup). The combination of spicy and sweet on the waffle was perfect. The chicken was moist and tender, lightly breaded and not at all greasy.
The service was friendly and the food was delicious – Deagan’s for brunch was a win!
After brunch, we went to see “Bridesmaids” which is perfect, since CLEfriend is getting married this summer and I’m her Maid of Honor. The movie was hilarious, but also a really great female friendship story. Ladies, grab a girlfriend and check it out – perhaps after bruch at Deagan’s!
All in all, another fabulous weekend. What answers to Why CLE? did you explore this weekend?