CLEVELAND — Tremont is one of the best Cleveland neighborhoods to stroll -- especially on a warm, summer evening. You can float in and out of shops, sit down for a nice dinner, and even stop for ice cream for dessert. The restaurant scene in this neighborhood makes this an evening destination.
That's why its the featured neighborhood this week for "Save our Sauce," which is the 3News campaign to show support for Northeast Ohio restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Try one of the delicious places below when you're feeling stir crazy and in need of a great night. Enjoy!
Rowley Inn: 1104 Rowley Avenue
As much as we loathe to use the hackneyed phrase “hidden gem,” sometimes it’s simply the most apt descriptor. The Rowley Inn is a juicy bit of old-school Cleveland, an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood saloon that oozes history. These days, in addition to the hooch, the bar offers gastropub-quality food in the form of burgers, tacos, fish fries, and even salads.
Check out the full menu here!
Lucky’s Cafe: 777 Starkweather Avenue
There might be no better breakfast in town than what’s offered at this iconic Tremont coffeehouse. The cheddar-scallion biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy are rightly famous, as are the breakfast burritos and "Shipwreck," which is way more enjoyable than it sounds. At lunch, chef-quality sandwiches like curried chicken salad, lamb burgers, and Reubens make an appearance.
Peruse their menu, here.
Fat Cats: 2061 W 10th Street
Fat Cats owner Ricardo Sandoval was a pioneer in the Tremont dining scene, helping to lay the groundwork for all the chefs who followed. Set in a 130-year-old house on the edge of the neighborhood, this unique property has charm to spare. The Mediterranean-Asian-Latin-American menu has tantalizing options for every diner, including vegans and vegetarians. A great wine list paired with stellar service make Fat Cats a can’t-fail. And you'll want to visit this summer, as they unveil the totally revamped patio- just in time for the opening of the Towpath stretch that leads right up to the restaurant.
Check out the menu, here.
Tremont Taphouse: 2572 Scranton Road
With a name like Tremont Taphouse, you’d expect this joint to offer a great beer selection – and they do, one of the best in town, in fact. But the Taphouse also single-handedly jump-started the gastropub trend in Cleveland, elevating the humdrum neighborhood bar menu to one that would please true foodies. Brunch here is a heaven on a waffle.
Stop in for a brew, and a bite. Find it all on their website.
Prosperity Social Club: 1109 Starkweather Avenue
A true slice of old Tremont, this standalone saloon dates back to the 1930s. For the past 15 years or so, it’s been home to one of the most welcoming pubs in town. Top-flight craft beer, cocktails, and pub grub keep folks coming back time and again. Weeknight food specials, weekly fish fries, occasional live music, and a snazzy patio boost its appeal even more.
Check them out online here.
Grumpy’s Café: 2621 W 14th Street
Like a comfortable old sweater, Grumpy’s is there when you need a little solace. This reliable breakfast-all-day and lunch place near Lincoln Park might not be reinventing the wheel, but this wheel has been rolling smoothly for decades. It’s hard to find better renditions of breakfast staples like eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, and Belgian waffles and diner-style plates like Club sandwiches, Reubens, and meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
View everything on the menu, here.
Leavened: 1633 Auburn Avenue, Suite 1
A good load of bread can fix just about anything. And you can find loafs of many sizes, flavors, and bakes at Leavened Artisan Bakery and Pastry in Tremont. Besides the fluffy bread, there are flaky pastries, hearty sandwiches, and great coffee to boot. It's a great place to brighten up your morning commute, or stay a while and get some work done.
Check out Leavened, here.
Corner 11: 2391 W 11th Street
This bright, cheery little spot on the park specializes in poke, those uber-fresh bowls of raw fish, rice, sauce and toppings. Those bowls are joined by comforting soups and noodle dishes like udon, ramen, and Thai-style coconut curry noodle soup. Corner 11 is also your bubble tea hookup in Tremont. They also recently celebrated their third year in business, and are offering punch cards for discounts on all their offerings.
Check it all out, here.
La Bodega: 869 Jefferson Avenue
This former corner bodega-turned lunch cafe has survived nearly 20 years because it focuses on soup, salad, and sandwiches and nothing more. The lengthy sub and sandwich list is legendary, approaching 50 or 60 different iterations (who has time to count). If you can’t find one that fits your mood, you’re not looking. Tip: #45, a turkey and bacon sandwich with Cajun mayo, is the top seller.
View the whole menu, here.
Ty Fun Thai Bistro: 815 Jefferson Avenue
We can’t imagine Tremont without Ty Fun, a 15-year-old Thai eatery as stylish as the neighborhood around it. This sleek Asian bistro isn’t just form, its substance as well. The kitchen turns out reliably delicious versions of Thai staples like tom kha gai soup, beef salad, and chicken satay. The curry dishes and noodle classics are deeply layered masterpieces.
You can view all of it on their website.