Restaurants have flourished in Cleveland over the past decade. Michael Symon's places are nationally know; Donna and I had a great summer meal al fresco at Doug Katz's Fire Food and Drink on Friday (does the best brunch in Cleveland, too), finally got to eat some great food truck food last night from Chris Hodgon, and the place that makes me so happy these days: The Greenhouse Tavern. They hand grind beef to order for tartare, roast chickens en croute, serve humble clams with snooty foie gras, and roast whole hogs heads and serve them on the bone. Defiant cuisine in a meat-and-potatoes I-want-my-burger-well-done town. Or used to be. No longer. Thanks to everyone mentioned here, and the too many others to even list.
We ate one here one night last spring and Donna was so inspired she asked to return to document a night at the restaurant. Have a look at her Greenhouse Tavern gallery on her site. I recommend arriving at The Greenhouse around four p.m. and eating and drinking until it closes. That should give you time to sample the entire menu.
More great links:
- Donna's restaurant photography shined at April Bloomfield's The Breslin in NYC.
- Bill Bradshaw, a UK photographer who captures many moments including food and beverage.
- Our new book Twenty Techniques, also features Donna's work and foodphotojournalist style, due out in November.
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