Sunday, March 25, 2012
Film Fest Eats
Every year I look forward to the Cleveland International Film Fest. It's 11 days of movie madness at Tower City. Normally the choices for really good food are limited because of trying to cram as many movies as possible and the limited choices close by. This year I'm thrilled about some newcomers that make taking a break and grabbing a bite MUCH more delicious!
Every year, I treat myself to lunch at Muse at the Ritz. It's a calm and inviting oasis that's the perfect escape from the crowds at the theaters. It's definitely a splurge but it's totally worth it. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and their French press coffee is a Must Do - it's java perfection! They have a rockin' Sunday brunch too. In addition, the Lobby Lounge on 6 offers formal tea on the weekends and a great Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 7pm. Bar bites and cocktails are only $6 each. And they have free peanuts too. If you present a festival pass or ticket, you'll get 10% off your check.
If you need a quick pick me up, Susy's Soup and Mixed Greens have soup, salads and sandwiches that are better than your average food court food and reasonably priced. Caribou Coffee not only offers the best cup of coffee (after that heavenly french press!) but also has decent snacks. Caribou give you a 10% discount with a pass or movie ticket as a bonus.
The Power Hour at Morton's is one of the best Happy Hours in Cleveland. Sunday through Friday from when they open until 6:30pm and 9pm to close you can sample some excellent appetizers for a steal. The four petite filet sandwiches for only $7 are legendary.
This year there are excellent choices within easy walking distance. I'm thrilled that Noodlecat is located just a quick walk down Euclid Ave. Their famous Happy Hour is from 3-7pm Monday through Saturday and practically ALL DAY Sunday (from 11am to 11pm!) This is a Must Do for anyone looking for some awesome slurping and the best damn buns in town. My favorites noodles are the Takahachi, Roscoe's Fried Chicken and Spicy Octopus. Some of the best buns are the BBQ Ohio Pork, Chicken Yakitori, Tsukemono Pickle and of course the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana. And I'm in love with the Super Salad!
Pura Vida is another new hot spot near Noodlecat. They offer some great eats including vegetarian and vegan dishes. The desserts are tasty works of art. On Wednesday 3/28 after 4pm they have a special Passport Express featuring food from Piedmont Italy. 3 courses with beverage pairing for only $30! Plus they offer 15% off your dinner bill with a movie stub or pass.
A little further walk across Public Square is the Marriott at Key Tower. It has Jake's Lounge and David's Restaurant. Both are a tasty place for a cocktail and a snack or meal. Check out this cool spot in the lobby:
Now you can get some great food in addition to seeing awesome movies! Many other restaurants and shops in the area offer discounts to film fest patrons. Click HERE for details.