Friday, December 15, 2017

The Rowley Inn

The Rowley Inn is a laid back bar with great food that happens to be located across the street from The Christmas Story House. It's the perfect stop after a tour, but you'll definitely want to visit all year long.

The Rowley Inn has been around since 1906. They catered to people in the neighborhood including steel mill workers that worked nearby. About a year ago, it was purchased by Jon Oberman and Raphael Rivilla. They have worked hard to keep the history of The Rowley intact, while transforming it into a dining destination for Cleveland style comfort food.

It looks like a typical dive bar from the outside and I honestly rarely gave it a second glance. But thankfully they invited a bunch of Cleveland bloggers in for a complimentary menu tasting because the Rowley Inn was a tasty surprise!

We started with the fantastic Red Ryder cocktail made of course - with Bulleit Bourbon. "You'll shoot your eye out!"
They took the term menu tasting VERY seriously, and while we were left wishing for stretchy pants and doggie bags, we all agreed that we wanted to come back again, even before finishing our meals.
What did we eat:

  • Rowley Shrimp Cocktail - breaded jumbo shrimp with remoulade sauce
  • Fried Pickles - Don Hermann pickle spears, house-made beer batter and a side of remoulade
  • Southwest Chicken Salad - lettuce, arugula, cajun rubbed grilled chicken, cheddar, pico, tortilla strips, corn, black beans, avocado, and creamy cilantro dressing
  • Cleveland's Best Grilled Cheese - smoked gouda, mozzarella, and provolone with a touch of mayo
  • Chicken Club - grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo, walnut pesto
  • Clevelander Burger - pierogi, kielbasa, kraut, beer cheese and Stadium Mustard
  • Mac N’ Cheese - smoked gouda and white cheddar topped with panko bread crumbs
  • Loco Moski - a Cleveland twist on a Hawaiian classic: pierogis topped with a ½ pound hamburger patty, gravy, sautéed onions, & fried eggs
  • Chicken and Waffles - crispy chicken tenders and fluffy waffles slathered in homemade gravy with side of hot sauce
  • Candied Apple Pierogies - The Pierogi Lady apple filled pierogies topped with citrus zest and a sugar glass drizzle
I told you we ate a lot! My favorites were the Shrimp Cocktail, Southwest Chicken Salad, Cleveland burger and Mac 'n Cheese. The Candied Apple Pierogies would have been amazing if only they were served hot and with a dollop of whipped cream or even ice cream.

In addition to their regular menu, they also have daily specials and a great Happy Hour (Monday through Friday 3-6pm) that includes a $6 cheeseburger and 1/2 off select apps. Did I mention $2 draft beers too?

The Rowley Inn
1104 Rowley Ave

Cleveland, Ohio  44109


You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

** Disclosure: I was invited to experience the menu and the food and drinks were complimentary. We each received a gift card for a future visit as well. As always, the opinions expressed are my own. All photos except the cocktail are from The Rowley Inn Facebook page because nobody wants to see my terrible dark photos. :) **

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Burnham Restaurant

When I heard that Cleveland was getting a new Hilton Hotel downtown, I knew it was going to be something special. With gorgeous lake views and an ultra convenient location right next to the Convention Center, it was sure to be a spot tourists flocked to. But the Hilton definitely isn't just a place for tourists thanks to the very unhotel-like The Burham Restaurant located inside.

I was invited to dine and dish about my experience by the awesome folks at The Burnham. They provided the food, and we purchased the booze. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Burnham Restaurant is modern yet cozy thanks to the muted earth tones and beautiful wood details thoughout. 

Inside the restaurant, there are several distinct areas - the large party seating area shown above, the kitchen level dining room that lets you see the kitchen in action and a lower bar level that offers a wall of windows that opens up to the patio.
We especially loved all of the art featuring Cleveland and created by local artists. Be sure to head to the lower level of the hotel by the walkway to the Convention Center - this Cleveland skyline mural was created with Instagram photos and you just might spot someone you know in it. I found my step-sister, her hubby and a bunch of friends!
We kicked off the meal with a bottle of wine. They had many affordable choices by the glass and bottle, plus some splurge worthy bottle only selections too. One of the benefits of ordering a bottle that is served by the glass is that they will let you sample before buying so you can make sure you order the perfect pairing for your meal.
Parker Station, red wine, The Burnham
The menu has something for everyone and had so many tasty sounded dishes, it was hard to choose what to order. This is one of those places where I wanted to create a meal out of the appetizers, small plates and salads. Next time! While I was extremely tempted by the Lobster Bisque, I opted for the Roasted Butternut Squash Veloute with wild mushrooms and truffle oil.
The best part were the roasted mushrooms hiding in the bottom of the cup. I will definitely be copying this trick at home! It was generous but the perfect size for a starter. A tiniest dollop of creaminess on top would have made this even dreamier.
butternut squash soup, roasted wild mushrooms, truffle oil
In an effort to save room for dessert, my husband and I split a Mixed Greens salad. We especially enjoyed the addition of the marcona almonds. The size was perfect for sharing.
I couldn't resist the Steak of the Day - a perfectly prepared CAB strip steak from a local cow broken down by the chef, served with white cheddar mac 'n cheese and roasted brussels sprouts. It was excellent and I was happy to have enough for a hearty lunch the next day too.
Strip Steak, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, CAB
I loved how the mac 'n cheese was served in a tiny cast iron crock - besides being adorable, it kept the pasta hot and gooey.
pasta, mac and cheese, white cheddar, cast iron crock
My husband ordered my second choice - Roasted Ohio Chicken. This was a boneless half chicken, Gruyére dumplings, spicy Cleveland Kraut, Thumbelina carrots and Hungarian paprika jus. This was a unique and delicious twist on chicken paprikash. I am still thinking of those dumplings.
chicken paprikash, The Burnham, thumbalina carrots
Before we had arrived I knew dessert was a must. The menu had many delicious sounding choices and I had seen some tantalizing Instagram posts. While the Sweet Potato Cheesecake and Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Tart were extremely tempting, I finally decided on the Cherry Creme Brulee with sauteed cherries. I loved that they took a traditional dessert and really kicked it up a notch.  And it was seriously gorgeous too.
dessert, cherry creme brulee, The Burham, Eat Drink Cleveland
We were going to head up to Bar 32 while we were there but we picked the cloudest and rainest evening imaginable. It's another excuse to head back! We also definitely want to go back and try their brunch. With tator tot waffles, blueberry and chia seed pancakes, a quinoa bowl, chicken and dumplings, a $20 bottomless Bloody Mary bar and more, how can you resist?? It's the perfect place for a pre-Browns game feast thanks to it's location.
During the holiday season, they are offering Christmas to Go: your choice of either ham or turkey with delicious sides (chutney, salad, green beans, potatoes and mac 'n cheese to be exact) and either chocolate silk or pumkin pie. All you do is pick it up and go. Serves 6 for $125/$145 depending on the meat chosen. Call 216-413-5096 and order by Dec. 19th.

Thank you to The Burnham and Mouthwater Media for a wonderful evening! 

* Deal alert: Show your CLEseats App for a Free Appetizer when you visit the Burnham! * 

Did you know, CLEseats is a website and mobile app that serves up daily specials and exclusive deals at some of the best restaurants throughout NE Ohio. If you haven't already, check them out too! 

The Burnham Restaurant
100 Lakeside Ave East

Cleveland, OH 44114
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