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 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, PhD What: SASA and Shaker Square Cinemas Where: 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 […]

Club Isabella

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Club Isabella Where:  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. […]

Cain Park (Parsons Dance)

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  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 […]

Whole Foods Market

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Whole Foods Market Where:  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 […]


Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Batuqui Where:  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, […]

Fat Cats

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Fat Cats Where: 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 […]

Dynomite Burgers and Sushi

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Dynomite Burgers and Sushi Where:  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 […]

Fire Food and Drink

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Fire Food and Drink Where:  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. […]

Felice Urban Cafe

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Felice Urban Cafe Where:  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 […]

Market Garden Brewery

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Market Garden Brewery Where:  1947 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113 There’s no shortage of beer in Cleveland, that’s for sure. I had an inkling that this was true even before we moved to Cleveland. Soon after signing on the dotted line, Will Bush and I started searching for […]