Why? Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week!

***A bit of blogkeeping: I guest posted yesterday over on the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau blog. Check it out!***

Now through Sunday, March 3, downtown Cleveland restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week, with 3-course, $30 dinners and $15 lunch specials. The theme of this year’s Restaurant Week is pierogi power, with lots of restaurants offering variations on this Cleveland classic food as part of their menu.

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I love pierogi so much, I turned into one

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance held a spirited kickoff to Restaurant Week called “Go Fourth and Polka” last Friday at The Corner Alley. There were pierogi to both eat and pose with and DJ Kishka spinning polkas straight from the vinyl records.

IMG_5393“Go Fourth and Polka” was so much of what I love about Cleveland – fun people, great food, fabulous location, and love for tradition and heritage – all in one place! A perfect start to Restaurant Week!

Last night, Matthew and I met up with friends Kendra and Matt to take advantage of a Restaurant Week dinner at Black Dog Kitchen and Bar before the Cavs game. Even without Restaurant Week, Black Dog is a great place to stop before a game. A large portion of their craft beer list is only $3 during happy hour, including beers like Great Lakes Blackout Stout and Thirsty Dog Siberian Night.

I started my meal with the lobster pierogi.

photo 1A flaky, pasty-dough shell was stuffed with lobster and marscapone cheese and topped with a mango and pineapple salsa. Definitely a unique and tasty take on the pierogi!

For my entree, I chose the Dr. Pepper braised short rib.

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The short rib was tender and juicy and I could definitely taste the Dr. Pepper in the sauce. However, I was disappointed with it being served over rice. While I like rice, a mashed root vegetable would have paired better with the hearty short rib.

For dessert, I chose the lemon curd shooter, which was a light and fresh lemon custard. Matthew chose the cupcake pops, which tuned into simply dog-bone-shaped cupcakes.

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The cupcakes had an interesting smokiness (bacon, perhaps?) and were a good representation of Black Dog in general: tasty food that doesn’t take itself too seriously. What’s not to like about that?!

Get out and take advantage of Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week before Sunday, March 3! For a full list of participating restaurants, menus, a $2 parking voucher, and to make reservations, click here.

And if you need more 3-course dining deals, Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, March 4 and goes through Saturday, March 16 with $33 prix fixe menus. Click here for more information.

Where have you eaten for Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week?

***Disclosure: I was invited by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to attend “Go Fourth and Polka.” I received a SWAG bag with a complimentary drink ticket, the book “New to Cleveland,” and a Restaurant Week t-shirt and magnet. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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