When: Tue., Nov. 1 2011
Today is the first day of Restaurant Week, the annual showcase of independently owned and operated eateries hosted by Cleveland Independents. More than 50 member restaurants are taking part this year, most of them offering three-course prix fixe dinners for $30. Among them: Chinato, Grovewood Tavern, Johnny Mango, Fire Food & Drink, Flying Fig, and Great Lakes Brewing Company. Marlin Kaplan, CI prez and chef-owner of Dragonfly, says the yearly event has proven big with Cleveland-area diners. "More than any other promotion, it inspires them to head to independent restaurants," he says. Restaurant Week continues through November 13. Find a complete list of participating restaurants and sample menus on the CI website. And don't forget to make reservations: Seats usually go fast. — Cicora clevelandindependents.com.