This inner-ring neighborhood, once home to immigrants and steel workers, went through a first revival when artists scooped up spots with low rent and established galleries that turned Tremont into an arts destination. Then came the chefs: first, of course, Michael Symon, but then came Dante Boccuzzi and Rocco Whalen. Now, the neighborhood is awash in a bars and restaurants, keeping Cleveland's nightlife bouncing and bellies full. You can still find good art, thanks to Doubting Thomas Gallery and the Paul Duda Gallery, as well as a lovely spot to while away an afternoon in Lincoln Park, perhaps after a good cup at one of the spiffy, relaxing coffee joints, like Beviamo, that dot the buzzing streets.
Ushabu hasn't simply become one of the best restaurants in Tremont in its brief history, it's one of the best restaurants in the city. It brought an elevated, authentic Japanese hotpot joint to the neighborhood, sure; but chef Matt Spinner has also constructed a sharp menu drawing on Asian tastes that wows with its simplicity and depths of flavor. We'd suggest making a reservation, as this cozy, lively spot fills up fast.
Will Hollingsworth is a student of the game, and by "game" we mean cocktails. He took a century-plus-old basement section of the Tremont Lofts and built, with a detailed eye, reclaimed wood and stained-glass windows, the beautiful Spotted Owl, a cocktail bar at once sophisticated and approachable, largely due to the convivial personalities of the staff. And then there are the cocktails, which change as the Owl debuts new menus throughout the year, and which are seriously and thoughtfully constructed.
Taste of Tremont is one of the most popular festivals on Cleveland's summer calendar for a bunch of very good reasons. The culinary talents behind the city's best dining neighborhood offer up street food; vendors line Professor Avenue with apparel, art and more; bands play to the beer garden in the Dante parking lot; and thousands descend to spend the day mingling with friends new and old, over bites and beers.
Amble anywhere near Loop and you'll be awash in the irresistible and comforting smell of freshly roasted beans. It's just a first taste of what you'll find inside — dynamite coffee, fresh muffins and scones, showcases of local art, local comic books and 'zines, and an entire record store. Linger over today's New York Times or Plain Dealer, meet a pal, do some browsing, pick up tickets to a Beachland or Grog Shop Show, all in one place.