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Tree Country, Toast Of Ohio, And More



For weeks, I have been mistakenly calling a new Coventry Road restaurant Three Countries. The blunder is understandable, considering that the place serves three different ethnic cuisines - Japanese, Thai and Korean - under the same roof. But alas, Tree Country (1803 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216.321.0644) is the name, and multi-ethnic cuisine is the game. Set in the former home of Que Tal, which closed in the winter, Tree Country uses the small space well. Part of the service line has been revamped to accommodate a sushi bar, while a comfortable dining room takes advantage of the expansive views. With Pacific East and Mint Café both a block away, one might ask oneself, as I have done, What's the point? There is always room for places that offer quality and value, and Tree Country appears to do just that. The bulk of the menu is dedicated to sushi, with Japanese-style apps like broiled yellowtail collar and octopus salad, numerous nigiri and rolled sushi, and scores of artfully crafted specialty rolls. Thai food occupies about a quarter of the menu, with the usual (pad Thai, chicken in coconut curry) mixed with the not-so-usual (mango fried rice, lychee curry). The Korean selections are limited to just a handful, but I can heartily recommend the bi bim bop: a bottomless bowl of rice, shredded veggies and tender meat. If the egg topper had been slightly runnier, it would have been perfect. Tree Country serves a limited selection of beer and sake. Grab a sip of summer before it's too late by attending the fifth annual Toast of Ohio, a roundup of 15 Ohio wineries held on Saturday, August 16, at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion (605 E. Water St., Sandusky, 419.625.2984). Created to celebrate Sandusky's storied winemaking heritage - it was once the nation's top wine-producing region - the event has grown to include wineries from all across Northeast Ohio. Admission is just $1 and wine tastings cost 50 cents. Local restaurants will sell cold and hot food. Ê Order tickets now for the 10th annual Farm to Table benefit, which takes place Monday, August 25, at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (11030 East Blvd.). Two dozen of Cleveland's best chefs will prepare cuisine from fresh local ingredients. This year's event will celebrate the honeybee with special tastings and dishes. Get there by 5:30 p.m. for a symposium on local foods. Tickets are $75 (members) and $85 (non-members). Open wine bar is included. Call 216.721.1600 ext. 100 for reservations. dining@clevescene.com

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