The city of Cleveland is booming!  Listed as one of the New York Times 52 places to go in 2015 and National Geographic's Places You Need to Visit in 2018, Cleveland has a vibrant restaurant and bar scene, with lots of festivals, sporting events, and museums.  In fact, Time magazine ranked Cleveland #7 as America's Best Food Cities for 2015!  The members of the Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology frequently enjoy these comforts of Cleveland, and we are happy to share our experiences here with you.  Thoughts and opinions are of their respective post authors and do not reflect those of any institution or official agency.

The Fairmount

Who: Dana C. Crawford, PhD What: The Fairmount Where: 2448 Fairmount Blvd Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 Every in-town neighborhood has one (or ought to have one): a watering hole perfect for informal gatherings.   The Fairmount is one such place located in the middle of the Cedar-Fairmount shopping district. The Fairmount serves food and drink nightly […]

Momocho Mod Mex

Who: Dana C. Crawford, PhD What: Momocho Mod Mex Where: 1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113 For most families, the celebration of Thanksgiving heralds the official beginning of the holidays culminating with the end of the year. For me, Thanksgiving puts me in a panic. Mom’s birthday is fasting approaching, and I am not prepared! […]

The Red Shoes with Kathryn Morgan

Who: Dana C. Crawford, PhD What: Kathryn Morgan and The Red Shoes Where: Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave #200, Cleveland, OH 44115 Much like my manuscripts, grants, and other official work duties, I find myself perpetually late in fulfilling my blog duties. Consequently, I write about events and dining experiences that took place months ago […]

SASA and Shaker Square Cinemas

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat: SASA and Shaker Square CinemasWhere: 3120 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 Back many moons ago, I attended the movies in a theater regularly. Summer nights were dictated by hotly anticipated movie premiers from my pre-teen through teenage years.   Early in my movie-going years, I was terrified of Imperial AT-AT Walkers […]

Club Isabella

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Club IsabellaWhere:  2175 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106 One perk of the new job that recruiters mentioned but I failed to fully appreciate is the proximity of CWRU to Little Italy. Little Italy is packed with restaurants, cafes, and galleries along with condos and a few free-standing houses. Little Italy, […]

Cain Park (Parsons Dance)

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Cain Park (Parsons Dance)Where:  Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 We are currently deep into summer. For the past several years, I have equated the months of July and August with oppressive heat and shockingly high electric bills. These dog days of summer were met with yearly dread.  For these few months, […]

Whole Foods Market

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Whole Foods MarketWhere:  Cedar Center, 13998 Cedar Rd, University Heights, OH 44118 In our never-ending search for nearby eateries, it was inevitable: we found a café in one of our grocery stores. It makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, it’s the place you go to buy groceries, why not eat […]


Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  BatuquiWhere:  12706 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120 Craving a soft bossa nova night? Where do you go in Cleveland for this sort of thing? Larchmere, apparently. This past May, a new Brazilian restaurant Batuqui opened in an old turn-of-the-century house on Larchmere. Larchmere is just a hop, skip, and jump […]

Fat Cats

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Fat CatsWhere: 2061 W 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113  During the days of my recruitment to CWRU, the Department and Institute pulled out all the stops. An impressive part of the process included spending a day touring Cleveland with two women from Executive Arrangements, Inc. At first I equated them […]

Dynomite Burgers and Sushi

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhDWhat:  Dynomite Burgers and SushiWhere:  779 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119 If you are member of a certain cohort, the mention of “dynomite” conjures specific images and sounds. Apparently, here in Cleveland, “dynomite” conjures images of burgers…and sushi? Dynomite Burgers opened in Playhouse Square in 2013 as a walk-up and […]

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 […]