This past weekend, my friend Jen came into town from DC mostly for Jump Back Ball, but there was other fun to be had too! And by fun, I mean mostly long conversations (face-to-face is so much better than email, no?) and lots of eating! I’m so lucky that Jen and I have been able to find lots of opportunities to visit each other in person since we no longer live in the same town!
On Friday night, we had dinner with my Mom at Fahrenheit. We started with a trio of tasty appetizers.
We enjoyed the Cleveland nachos, which are thinly-sliced potatoes with parmesan, romano fondue, scallions and bacon. We also had the Maine lobster rolls and the lobster fritters (a special for the evening).
From there, it was onto the entrees. I chose the duck fried rice, with duck confit in the rice and duck breast on top.
For “fried rice,” I was pleasantly surprised at how light and fresh this dish tasted. The duck was tender and flavorful too.
Mom had the pork shank, with honey and marscapone polenta and Jen chose the garlic and parsley gnocchi.
Both dishes drew rave reviews and some leftovers, since we had to save room for dessert! Jen and I both ordered the chocolate pot de creme, with salted caramel whipped cream and hazelnuts.
I love me a pot de creme and The Greenhouse Tavern‘s buttered popcorn pot de creme has long been at the top of my list. But this one is a tie for me. The sweet, salty, crunchy combination is hard to resist!
The next day, after getting our hair done all fancy for Jump Back Ball, we took our fancy hair and comfy pants to Jack Flaps. This new breakfast spot has quickly become the go-to spot in town for creative carby breakfast fare.
I ordered the lemon curd jackflaps, which are topped with lemon curd, berry jam, and graham cracker.
This dish is sweet, without being overly sweet, and the pancakes are light and fluffy. Jen chose the Happy Jack waffle, which had a hot dog chopped up in the waffle batter and was topped with “everything bagel” cream cheese and garlic greens.
If you’re craving a savory breakfast option, this one is unique and delicious!
From the meals we had, plus the delicious food at Jump Back Ball, I would say Jen got a great taste of some of Cleveland’s best restaurants! Where are some of your favorite restaurants to take out-of-towners?