Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Very Tremont Friday

Sadly Young in CLE was a combination of out of town and working a charity dunk tank outside the Brad Paisley concert on Saturday, meaning we missed the fantastic events that are Discover Gordon Square Day and Parade the Circle. So unless you want a play-by-play of the USA v. Panama gold cup game this week, you’ll have to deal with only reading about a lovely evening in Tremont.

Tremont is probably my favorite neighborhood in Cleveland. The combination of top of the line restaurants, art galleries, historic homes, and fantastic bars make it one of Cleveland’s no-longer-hidden gems. Art walk nights are an excellent opportunity to visit this lively neighborhood, and I was especially excited to play tour guide for some of my transplanted law school chums.

Our night began, as a Friday night after a long week of work should, with happy hour at the Flying Monkey. As I’ve said before, I love the Flying Monkey both for its prices and the great atmosphere, and happy hour on the patio is the perfect combination of everything the Monkey has to offer. The only downside was that I tried a raspberry wheat beer from Shock Top, which was terrible and was a blatant reminder of why there is no such thing as a good wheat beer. Total cost of happy hour - $17.

After some happy hour fun we took a little stroll around Tremont. Art walk nights are excellent because they highlight how many fun options there are in Tremont, from viewing paintings, sculptures and even glassware in the many galleries to grabbing a slice of pizza at Edison’s or a scoop at Tremont Scoops. Tremont is fun for all ages and a great stop for young Clevelanders to get a coffee, grab a bite, or just take in the artwork and neighborhood on a pleasant stroll.

For dinner we headed over to The South Side, which is an embodiment of everything that is Cleveland’s burgeoning restaurant scene. The South Side steals your heart with a wide selection of great beer, fantastic aesthetics, (another patio to die for), great live music, and food that excites the tastebuds. This evening my table decided to share a cornucopia of small plates, all priced at around $10. Between us we tried the enchiladas, P.E.I mussels, spicy pan-fried calamari, chipotle BBQ duck pizza, and the chicken and waffles, each of which were both delicious and affordable! Personally, the duck pizza, which combines provolone mozzarella tomatoes and cilantro lime vinaigrette with the BBQ duck, was my favorite. I also had the always excellent and spicy bison and black bean chili, which is a must when stopping by The South Side. I washed it down with a Two Brothers Cane and Abel, a tasty Red Rye Ale that was slightly hoppy but a very smooth finish. The total cost of my meal with tip and drink was $24.

Our last stop was for one last drink at the Treehouse (another fantastic patio! Think there's a theme here?). The Treehouse is another must try bar featuring a decent draft selection and ok prices, but the real draw here is the atmosphere. The simple fact that it's nothing pretentious and not too loud (especially on the patio!) makes this a great summer bar. My compatriots treated me to an Honkers Ale from Goose Island Brewery, which is a favorite of mine. At this point in the night though my old bones were weary from the week. It was time to say goodnight to a lovely evening in Cleveland for only $41.


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