I was listening to our local NPR affiliate WCPN this morning while getting ready for work, as one does, when I heard that a Cleveland-area restaurant and a chef were named as semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards.  The chef in question is Jill Vedda of Salt+, who is up for the Best […]

Table 45

As a profession, academia is quite social.  Sitting alone in your office will not get you promoted.  No—you have to show that you know people and that they like your work.  If they really like you, they’ll invite you for a visit.  And, with a visit comes a meal or two. As an organizer of […]

Fire Food and Drink

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Fire Food and DrinkWhere:  13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120  Shaker Square has already been introduced to this blog as a great outdoor place to shop for local fruits and vegetables during the non-snow months at the North Union’s Farmer’s Market. But, Shaker Square is much more. Shaker Square has […]

Felice Urban Cafe

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Felice Urban CafeWhere:  12502 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120  During our house hunting days, our agent Howard Hanna’s Edie Myher drove us through Larchmere repeatedly as we toured homes throughout Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights. Larchmere caught my eye because the little neighborhood is colorful and filled with interesting local […]

Ninja City Kitchen & Bar

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Ninja City Kitchen & BarWhere:  11311 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 Will Bush and I are always looking for new lunch places within walking distance of CWRU, and this past February we stumbled upon Ninja City. If you find yourself walking up and down Euclid in Uptown looking for the […]

Cowell & Hubbard

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Cowell & HubbardWhere: 1305 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115  If you are headed to the Playhouse Square area for a show, you might be thinking about having dinner before the show. Surprisingly, the selection of nice restaurants within walking distance of the theaters is limited. And, reservations are highly recommended […]

Sterle’s Country House (with Platform Beer Co.)

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Sterle’s Country House (with Platform Beer Co.)Where: 1401 East 55th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103  My husband Steve is excellent with the map and directions. So much so, my sister calls him the human GPS. Steve loves to travel and live in new cities, so a move to Cleveland was just […]


Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  ProvenanceWhere: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106  The Cleveland Museum of Art is arguably the crown jewel of Cleveland culture. If at this point you are wondering I have mislabeled this post, no, you are in the correct place. The art gets you in the door, but then you discover […]


Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Marotta’sWhere:  2289 Lee Road, Cleveland, OH 44118 My husband Steve and I were on the eve of a big trip, so we were looking a for a good, quick dinner nearby our house in Cleveland Heights. Lee Road is an excellent place to find a bite to eat. The location […]

Bistro 185

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat: Bistro 185Where:  991 East 185th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44119 Steve and I were so impressed with the Standard Bar & Grill, we were excited to try the other restaurants in the 185th Street district.  As luck would have it, my birthday was only days away from our Standard Bar & […]

The Standard Bar & Grille

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  The Standard Bar & GrilleWhere:  779 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119 My husband Steve and I visited The Standard on a post-holiday Saturday (12-27-2014) for lunch.  Steve had heard of this and other restaurants as part of the East 185th Street district in Cleveland.  We are fans of the […]