There a few culinary events in Cleveland where you know you don’t need to eat for the whole day leading up to the event and pretty much for the whole day after. Taste of the Browns is one of those events!
There are so many great restaurants serving up so many tasty treats! Because my brain seems to like categorizing things lately, here are some favorites in various categories:
Pier W‘s Maine lobster casserole and Blue Point Grille‘s lobster bisque both brought warm, rich, sweet lobster goodness. There were two tuna tartare options (XO Prime Steaks and Players on Madison) and Matthew gave the win to Players.
There were also two shrimp and grits options, from Hodge’s and Peachtree Southern Kitchen. While both were tasty, Hodge’s shrimp and grits was by far my favorite dish, not only in this category but of the entire event. The grits were creamy, the shrimp tender, and the chorizo sausage added just the right bite.
I’ve had this item off the menu at Hodge’s and you just can’t go wrong with it.
There were a lot of Italian offerings this year! Lago’s veal meatball was substantial and delicious! Matthew raved about Corleone’s Ristorante’s calamari steak. And Georgetown‘s pasta bolognese and Stino da Napoli‘s lasagna were solid traditional choices.
We were in First Energy Stadium, after all, so of course there were some stadium-style eats. Urban Farmer Cleveland Steakhouse brought house-made mini hot dogs with black truffles (so, casual, but still fancy).
B Spot‘s Thin Lizzy sliders, hot off the grill, were a win for me, as was Market Garden Brewery‘s chorizo and potato pierogi with beer cheese sauce. Momocho‘s chicken tacos were another fun, casual bite full of big flavors.
Lots of great choices to taste, although an old standby of Apothic Red gets our vote for favorite of the night.
Of course, the entire evening is a fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, with every dollar raised providing 4 meals, but I particularly liked this year’s addition of a wine and craft beer pull!
Overall, there were 1,000 attendees and $180,000 was raised for the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, beating last year’s totals!
I can’t complain about the company for the evening at all!
Overall, it was another fantastic night at Taste of the Browns. The only thing marring the evening at all was the long wait to get into the event (it took us nearly half an hour and we arrived promptly at the start), but I suppose the fact that so many people came out the support the Greater Cleveland Foodbank is the more positive way to look at it!
Did you attend Taste of the Browns? What were some of your favorites?
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary general admission tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***