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.

Coquette Patisserie

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Coquette Patisserie Where:  11607 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106 Like most universities or medical centers, parking is sparse. Faculty and staff jockey for position for the privilege of a parking spot in the same city as the office. CWRU is no different. So, it should have been no surprise […]

Brandywine Falls

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Brandywine Falls Where:  8176 Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township Did you know there is a national park near Cleveland? No? Neither did we until we moved here. I am delighted to declare that Cleveland is very close to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the only national park in […]

XYZ Tavern

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What: XYZ Tavern Where:  6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 Steve and I were out and about one late afternoon and decided to stop in somewhere fun for a drink and a bite to eat. We have heard much about the Gordon Square Arts District on Detroit Avenue as a […]

Lake Erie and Edgewater Park

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Lake Erie and Edgewater Park Where:  Cleveland, OH 44102 What do Clevelanders do in the winter? Before actually moving here, I imagined Clevelanders hibernated from late November until early April. Not true! Sure, it’s cold and snowy for four months or so, but that’s no excuse to stay inside. […]


Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Marotta’s Where:  2289 Lee Road, Cleveland, OH 44118 Figure. Marotta’s bresaola. From the menu: “thinly sliced air cured beef with fresh arugula and shaved parmigiano reggiano 12.” My husband Steve and I were on the eve of a big trip, so we were looking a for a good, quick […]

The Greenhouse Tavern

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  The Greenhouse Tavern Where:  2038 East 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115 So, where do you take people for a meal you are eager to recruit to Cleveland? East 4th Street is a very good choice. This small vehicle-restricted district is home to over a dozen restaurants and many entertainment […]

Cleveland Orchestra (Fantasia)

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Cleveland Orchestra and Severance Hall (Fantasia) Where:  11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106 Contrary to popular belief, I do more than eat. Case in point: our first visit to Severance Hall to hear the Cleveland Orchestra on December 11th. Of course, we did have a pre-concert dinner (see the […]

Ballet in Cleveland

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Ballet in Cleveland (The Ashley Bouder Project) and the Nutcracker Where:  Playhouse Square (Bulkley Building, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115) When we first discussed moving to Cleveland, Mom asked about the ballet situation. Mom loves to go to the ballet, and we have been fortunate to live in […]


Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Ginko Where:  2247 Professor Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 If you like food, the first thing you hear about when moving to or visiting Cleveland is Tremont. Tremont is a Cleveland neighborhood west of the Cuyahoga River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it is […]

Beachwood City Park West/East

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What:  Beachwood City Park West/East Where:  Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood, OH Much has surprised me about living in Cleveland. It probably comes as no surprise to many that Cleveland has a bad rap. Sure, we expect a good ribbing from our Pittsburgh friends (who taught me “mistake by the lake”), but […]

BottleHouse Brewery

Who:  Dana C. Crawford, PhD What: BottleHouse Brewery Where:  2050 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118 As previously mentioned in a post, there are several restaurants and bars up and down Lee Road, and my husband Steve intends to visit every single one (except for the late Sweetie Fry, which closed early Fall 2014). One of […]

Shaker Square Market

Who:  Jessica Cooke-Bailey, PhD What: Fresh Fruits and Veggies Where:  Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 The North Union Farmer’s Market is held year-round in several locations throughout the Cleveland area; I have been vising the one held at Shaker Square at least twice a month since relocating to Cleveland in December of 2013. We truly […]