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What better way to celebrate Cleveland’s rock and roll roots than with a visit to the Hard Rock Café? Conveniently connected to Tower City Center, the Hard Rock features down-home American cuisine seasoned with rock music and loads of rock ‘n roll memorabilia.
From alternative to heavy metal, the House of Blues showcases an eclectic variety of live entertainment through its doors every week. While the restaurant is connected to the music venue, it is not intrusive or are visitors required to have a show ticket to eat in the restaurant. The House of Blues restaurant serves distinctive Creole cuisine with kicked up contemporary flavors created by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez.
Chef Dante Bocuzzi is a Cleveland culinary rock star. Full-time chef, part-time rock band musician, Bocuzzi’s creative talents are present in both his dishes and his records. At his restaurant DANTE, located in a restored bank in the Tremont neighborhood, guests have the opportunity to use their creativity throughout their dining experience with the option of ordering a la carte or enjoying a five-course tasting menu.
The Happy Dog is a true Cleveland treasure located in the Gordon Square Arts District. Visitors can sit back and enjoy a beer from the massive selection at this ultra-retro, old-fashioned bar. Live music is offered various nights throughout the week including the kitsch “Polka Happy Hour.” And, the menu is simple, gourmet hot dogs created by James Beard nominee Chef Eric Williams, with more than 58 different toppings such as homemade ketchup, Korean kim chee, Guinness sauerkraut, and even sloppy joes or peanut butter for the adventurous diners.
Chef Jeff Jarrett turns up the “AMP” at this hip restaurant, located in the recently renovated Cleveland Airport Marriott. AMP 150 (America’s Modern Palette) brings the farm-to-plate movement to life through a menu consisting of local artisan products and hand-crafted cuisine much to the liking of critics and locals alike.
The award-winning MUSE, located at The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland hotel, offers a menu of contemporary American cuisine that is designed to offer meals as wholesome and fresh as they are appetizing, artistic expressions. The real stars of the menu are the Lobby Lounge on 6’s “Rocktails,” a cocktail list inspired by a hit song from each year the hotel doors have been open. Visitors can Sip on a “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” drink in a little U2 and toast with an AC/DC Martini.
Melt Bar + Grilled is a rockin’ restaurant that serves every kind of grilled cheese possible in each of its three Cleveland-area locations. But this isn't your typical piece of American cheese slabbed between two slices of white bread. Melt features more than 20 different takes on the original, all with their own unique twist. Try a "Parmageddon" stuffed with onions, kraut and a potato and cheese perogi. Owner/chef Matt Fish is a Cleveland musician and his eatery’s menus are printed on classic rock album covers.
Steve’s Lunch is a classic 24-hour Ohio City (near westside) diner with tabletop record-playing jukeboxes. It’s a late-night hotdog place that’s been around since the ’50s that insiders in Cleveland know and love. Music aside, the chili dogs are an attraction within themselves.
Located in an original 1938 ballroom, Prosperity Social Club is a hipster hangout that offers an extensive beer list and menu, a retro bowling machine, a well-loved jukebox and live music throughout the week. Visitors should be sure to try the pierogies.
Tucked away in Coventry Village, Cleveland’s own version of Haight-Ashbury, sits Dave’s Cosmic Subs (and in other locations around Northeast Ohio). Dave, a baby boomer from the ‘60s generation, relives his past through the art of his unique sub sandwiches. As they say, these are “subs so good, you’ll have an out-of-body experience.”
From the outside, it looks like a small neighborhood place, but looks can be deceiving. Nighttown includes three bars, an eclectic American menu, a fabulous outdoor patio heated with electric glass panels, massive waterfall and full menu until midnight. Voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Down Beat magazine, Nighttown provides incredible live music nearly every night.