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Getting a great meal in Ohio City is about as difficult as getting baked in Denver. While development has slowed down of late (largely because there's no room left), the delicious remnants of the recent boom are everywhere.
With a lengthy list of certified organic teas – brewed right, served right – Cleveland Tea Revival (1434 W. 29th St., 216-795-5099, clevelandtearevival.com) coaxes folks into their days in classic #Hingetown style. Mornings here are peaceful, elegant and quietly invigorating.
Jack Flaps (3900 Lorain Ave., 216-961-5199, jack-flaps.com) is to breakfast what George Clinton is to jazz: things get a little funky up in here. This trim, tidy and ever-so-edgy storefront slides out sweet and savory day-starters like the signature buttermilk "jackflaps" or breakfast burritos crammed full of braised beef and eggs.
If it's lunchtime on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, queue up at Crepes de Luxe (1979 W. 25th St., 216-621-2479, crepesdeluxe.com) in the West Side Market for the best Parisian-style street crêpes in town. Sweet and savory options include banana, Nutella and powdered sugar or ham, egg, and gruyere.
You might know Orale (1834 W. 25th St., 216-862-3117, oralecmc.com) for its popular Mexican foods stand in the West Side Market, but it runs a great little Mexican restaurant down the road. A recent expansion has added a bar, making dinner here all the better.
It's late, you just tipped back a few pints at Platform Beer, and you're not quite ready to call it a night. No problem, just cross the street and grab a stool at Old Fashion Hot Dogs (4008 Lorain Ave., 216-631-4460) for a midnight snack. Nothing sets you straight better than a chili cheese dog with mustard – or three – before bedtime.
With arts and entertainment at its heart, Detroit Shoreway is a go-to destination that lights up the night. This high octane neighborhood boasts enough unique dining options to support its out-on-the-town hot spots.
Whether just starting your day or gathering for a leisurely afternoon rendezvous, Gypsy Bean & Bakery (6425 Detroit Ave., 216-939-9009) is more than a coffee shop; it's a neighborhood meeting place. Cleverly blended coffees are concocted alongside fresh pastries while oversized windows give a glimpse at one of the busiest corners in the city.
Cozy up at Toast (1365 W 65th St., 216-862-8974, toastcleveland.com) for a pre-dinner Prohibition-era cocktail or glass of wine from a selection that leaves room for the unconventional. The balance of a rustic-chic wine bar and warm atmosphere makes for a perfect setting to share small plates and small chat.
Continue your evening of artistic surprises with dinner at Spice Kitchen (5800 Detroit Ave., 216-961-9637, spicekitchenandbar.com), the perfect blend of stylish, friendly and refined. Serving up a rotating menu of seasonal fare, Spice dishes up seasonal offerings straight from the chef's own hoop house and farm.
Few after-dinner treats have as much sweet charm as a milkshake shared at the quaint '40s-inspired counter of Sweet Moses Soda Fountain (6800 Detroit Ave., 216-651-2202, sweetmosestreats.com). If your cravings lean more indulgent, sundaes built with house-churned ice cream are served up until close at this nod to Happy Days past.
It's getting late and you could really use a nightcap and some nibbles. Welcome to Battery Park's newest concept, CHA Pizza Kitchen (7524 Father Frascati Dr., 216-631-9242, chapizzabatterypark.com), which serves hand-crafted pizzas paired with wine clear up to midnight.