As I mentioned in a previous post, my initial parking spot at CWRU involved a long walk to the office. For a few months, I walked past some space with a sign that mentioned Crop Kitchen was coming soon. What was this Crop Kitchen they speak of?
Crop Kitchen, it turns out, is a new casual restaurant in Uptown from the same people that brought Crop Bar & Bistro to Ohio City. Crop Kitchen offers a nice wine, beer, and cocktail list with a backdrop of roving sushi and taco specials added to the mix of mainstay entrees. The interior is spacious and refreshingly modern. There’s a nice patio space waiting for the warmer weather to be used.
I have been to Crop Kitchen several times now, once for dinner with Steve (Figure 1 and 2) and many times for lunch (Figures 3-5). Most of the food is really good and the service is attentive. I have not yet been there for happy hour, but I can image it would be fun with a large group.
Crop Kitchen is an excellent addition to the Uptown neighborhood. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for “destination dining” as there are many other great restaurants in Cleveland well worth a drive. But, that’s OK for Crop Kitchen. It’s easy walking distance from CWRU, so I know I along with my colleagues will be going there often.
Update: Crop Kitchen suddenly closed in July 2016. Soon after, related Crop restaurants (NOT Crop Bistro, though) closed. The chef/owner Steve Schimoler then took a break in Italy. It was a tough year for him, to say the least.