On Tuesday night, Matthew and I checked out the newest food tour in town: Dishcrawl Cleveland. Dishcrawl picks a neighborhood and takes you on a sampling dinner through some of the coolest restaurants in that area. The inaugural Dishcrawl Cleveland tour took us to four restaurants in the Detroit Shoreway/Gordon Square neighborhood.
Our first stop for the tour was Spice Kitchen and Bar. Matthew couldn’t resist the specialty cocktail of the day, called Morimoto Rising, which had chamomile rum, lemongrass syrup, ginger syrup, and a splash of black port.
Drinks were not included as part of the admission to the Dishcrawl tour, but we were able to enjoy extended happy hour pricing. We got to taste a sampling of Spice dishes: fish tacos, shrimp curry soup served over jasmine rice, and the famous mushroom beignets.
Everything was spot on: flavorful and delicious. I have yet to have anything but a great experience at Spice. We also got to hear from Chef Ben Bebenroth, who told us about plans to expand into the upstairs space of the building and also about Spice’s Landscape Dinners coming up this August and September.
Our next stop on the DIshcrawl tour was a delightful surprise: Rincon Criollo Restaurant.
This was a place many of us had passed, but few had tried. It was nice to get a tour of neighborhood you think you know fairly well and still have a restaurant in the mix that is new to you. At Rincon Criollo, we were treated to a generous helping of traditional Puerto RIcan food, including roasted chicken, yellow rice, beans, and the “famous” jibarito.
The jibarito is a sandwich made of plaintains instead of bread, with steak, mayo, lettuce, and tomato as the filling. It was simple and delicious and only $5.50 for a full jibarito on Rincon Criollo’s menu.
One of the highlights of the tour for me was a preview of the much anticipated Toast. We got to sample a trio of toasts (rabbit rillette, chicken liver, and fromage with red pepper) and tasty non-alcoholic beverage with homemade cherry syrup.
Chefs Jennifer Plank and Joe Horvath, formerly of The Greenhouse Tavern, and owner Jillian Davis talked about Toast’s location in a 100-year-old house, which used to be a bakery, and the truly unique menu, which is desribed as “revitalized farm fare” or “what your grandma would make, but kicked in the a**.” Toast is opening in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned and be sure to check out this great new spot!
We ended the evening on a decadent note at Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop. This 1940’s-style soda shop just celebrated two years in business and is going strong with delicious homemade ice creams, sorbets, phosphates, and candies.
We got to taste a just-for-Dishcrawl sundae with French salted caramel ice cream, hot fudge, peanuts, caramel corn, and whipped cream.
It tasted a bit like Cracker Jack and was oh-so-delicious. The French salted caramel ice cream is going to be a regular menu item now at Sweet Moses, so stop in and try it for yourself!
It was a fun night getting to know some new places and rediscovering some neighborhood favorites! The next Dishcrawl Cleveland tour happens on Tuesday, May 7, with four different restaurants in Downtown. Tickets are $45, which is a good deal based on this first tour, and can be purchased by clicking here.
What neighborhood(s) would you like to see Dishcrawl Cleveland tour?
***Disclosure: I was invited by Dishcrawl Cleveland to attend the Detroit Shoreway tour with a single media pass. Matthew’s ticket was purchased by us. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***