Why? Cowell & Hubbard!

There’s nothing quite like a girls’ night out…

…and there’s also nothing quite like a Zack Bruell restaurant. When you combine the two, you get something really quite special.

On Wednesday night, I met up with some of my favorite ladies for dinner at Cowell & Hubbard. We were all anxious to try Chef Bruell’s new restaurant in the theater district. Sharing laughs and great food were Alicia from Poise in Parma, Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland, Crystal from Eat*Drink*Cleveland, Kimberly from Smitten…in Cleveland, and Sarah from Cooker Girl.

By chance, we were at the restaurant during Downtown Cleveland’s Restaurant Week and most of us wanted to take advantage of the 3-course, $30 menu. But we also needed some appetizers to share…

Cowell & Hubbard’s menu is almost intimidatingly extensive and that includes the appetizer selection. Personally, I think you could easily enjoy a tapas-style meal of small plates there and I can’t wait to go back for that purpose.

We selected the butternut squash ravioli, the roasted pepper, and the fois gras donuts.

The ravioli was served with jalapeno and prosciutto and had a delicious spicy/sweet/salty taste.

The pepper was stuffed with shrimp and lime butter and had a wonderful fresh citrus flavor.

The fois gras donuts were sinfully rich, but it’s the black pepper and orange gastrique that put this dish over the top for me.

Then it was on to dinner. As my restaurant week entree, I chose the braised beef shoulder, with potatoes and kale.

The beef shoulder was fall-apart tender and incredibly flavorful. Served simply in its natural juices, it needed no fancy sauces or spices to make it delicious. I have to honestly say, though, the kale was the star of the plate. I’m not a huge fan of kale, but this was spicy and had pieces of pork throughout. I could have eaten a plate of just that.

Tragically, I gave up sweets for Lent, so I took my blondie home to CLEguy.

He told me it was absolutely delicious, but I would have expected nothing less!

Zack Bruell has done it again and brought a true gem to Playhouse Square. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the unhurried, yet still attentive, service at Cowell & Hubbard. That night, a couple people stopped and asked what we were celebrating. Nothing, we replied, except great friends at a great restaurant in a great city!

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