Tremont Guidebook

Margy

Tremont Guidebook

Shopping
Owner Christy has a great eye and her shop has women's clothing, great cards and gifts for the home, baby stuff and hostess gifts
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Banyan Tree
2242 Professor Avenue
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Owner Christy has a great eye and her shop has women's clothing, great cards and gifts for the home, baby stuff and hostess gifts
Owner Dave has curated an amazing collection of books on the 2nd floor of this building (Crust Pizza on first floor); hosts book clubs and author reading/signings and live music
Visible Voice Books
2258 Professor Avenue
Owner Dave has curated an amazing collection of books on the 2nd floor of this building (Crust Pizza on first floor); hosts book clubs and author reading/signings and live music
Big box stores closest to Tremont, just 5 minutes by car on backroads from our house. Target, Home Depot, Marshalls, Aldi's grocery, WalMart etc.
Steelyard Commons
Big box stores closest to Tremont, just 5 minutes by car on backroads from our house. Target, Home Depot, Marshalls, Aldi's grocery, WalMart etc.
Kim Crow was a reporter at the Plain Dealer and ended up writing so many stories about shopping/quality of life that she ditched her journalism career and opened this very successful women's boutique. Think it appeals to the 35 yr old + shopper, eclectic fun artsy clothes that you won't see on everyone else. A bit pricey but good quality (great shoes) and loyal following of women who come in from suburbs 30 minutes away to shop here every season. Low pressure staff, but so attentive they will bring things into dressing room so you don't have to get re-dressed every 5 minutes
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Evie Lou
2509 Professor Avenue
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Kim Crow was a reporter at the Plain Dealer and ended up writing so many stories about shopping/quality of life that she ditched her journalism career and opened this very successful women's boutique. Think it appeals to the 35 yr old + shopper, eclectic fun artsy clothes that you won't see on everyone else. A bit pricey but good quality (great shoes) and loyal following of women who come in from suburbs 30 minutes away to shop here every season. Low pressure staff, but so attentive they will bring things into dressing room so you don't have to get re-dressed every 5 minutes
Parks & Nature
Paved fully accessible trail alongside Cuyahoga River just minutes from Tremont, great cityscape views and can spot rowing teams and 600' ore boats passing each other
Towpath Trail at Scranton Flats
1851 Scranton Rd
Paved fully accessible trail alongside Cuyahoga River just minutes from Tremont, great cityscape views and can spot rowing teams and 600' ore boats passing each other
Drinks & Nightlife
Beer and a shot joint with something like 4th generation of family running the place; pronounced HOEtz (bastardized version of the acronym Heart of the Southside) this is classic Tremont. Babe Ruth draink beers here 100 years ago (they have his signature of check he used to pay)
Hotz Cafe Inc.
2529 West 10th Street
Beer and a shot joint with something like 4th generation of family running the place; pronounced HOEtz (bastardized version of the acronym Heart of the Southside) this is classic Tremont. Babe Ruth draink beers here 100 years ago (they have his signature of check he used to pay)
Cook vibe, doesn't get going until later, lots of hospitality folks end up here for drinks and small plates after their shift is over, but earlier in the night its a mix of locals ranging from Millennials to empty nesters. Big space upstairs where music not so loud. Good food. Ricardo Sandoval owns this place also (Fat Cats owner)
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Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Avenue
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Cook vibe, doesn't get going until later, lots of hospitality folks end up here for drinks and small plates after their shift is over, but earlier in the night its a mix of locals ranging from Millennials to empty nesters. Big space upstairs where music not so loud. Good food. Ricardo Sandoval owns this place also (Fat Cats owner)
Opened during the pandemic in 2020, so they are comitted! Cool vibe, almost like a modern speakeasy, all vegan nibbles, great cocktails, added a patio overlooking Lincoln Park in summer 2021
Cloak & Dagger
2399 West 11th Street
Opened during the pandemic in 2020, so they are comitted! Cool vibe, almost like a modern speakeasy, all vegan nibbles, great cocktails, added a patio overlooking Lincoln Park in summer 2021
LOVE - ok, I'm biased, I met my late husband at this restaurant and therefore owner Ricardo Sandoval and I will always be connected :) LOVE the patio (dog friendly) and darling old house that is now a restaurant and has been here longer than most. Grilled octopus is amazing, so is the bahn mi and the braised mushrooms. Could eat here once a week and never be bored. Love sitting at the bar!
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Fat Cats
2061 West 10th Street
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LOVE - ok, I'm biased, I met my late husband at this restaurant and therefore owner Ricardo Sandoval and I will always be connected :) LOVE the patio (dog friendly) and darling old house that is now a restaurant and has been here longer than most. Grilled octopus is amazing, so is the bahn mi and the braised mushrooms. Could eat here once a week and never be bored. Love sitting at the bar!
reimagined just a few years ago after being a neighborhood go to spot for decades, it's fresh and bright and have good nibbles and cocktails
Literary Tavern
1031 Literary Road
reimagined just a few years ago after being a neighborhood go to spot for decades, it's fresh and bright and have good nibbles and cocktails
Food Scene
Founder Bonnie Flinner (a neighbor on W. 11) just sold this amazing neighborhood hangout to Will Hollingsworth, who owns several other Tremont spots. Great food & drink at affordable prices, small patio in the rear, occasional live music. Place is so crowded on Fridays in Lent (amazing fish fries with pierogi) that you'll wait an hour, but the bartenders are so friendly and even though you feel like you are standing in the middle of the restaurant while you are waiting (you are) it's fun and buzzy and cool and one block from my house
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Prosperity Social Club
1109 Starkweather Avenue
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Founder Bonnie Flinner (a neighbor on W. 11) just sold this amazing neighborhood hangout to Will Hollingsworth, who owns several other Tremont spots. Great food & drink at affordable prices, small patio in the rear, occasional live music. Place is so crowded on Fridays in Lent (amazing fish fries with pierogi) that you'll wait an hour, but the bartenders are so friendly and even though you feel like you are standing in the middle of the restaurant while you are waiting (you are) it's fun and buzzy and cool and one block from my house
Zach Bruell owns almost a dozen restaurants in town and couldn't be a nicer guy. Parallax is still one of my favorites, amazing fish dishes, fresh sushi, easy to sit at bar by yourself and meet 1/2 dozen fun people and bartenders know how to keep the conversation going. Pomme Frites are YUM. A bit pricier than average, worth every penny. Zack seems to like this restaurant more than any of his others because he's always here (when he's not hitting balls at Washington Golf Course just 10 minutes away)
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Parallax
2179 West 11th Street
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Zach Bruell owns almost a dozen restaurants in town and couldn't be a nicer guy. Parallax is still one of my favorites, amazing fish dishes, fresh sushi, easy to sit at bar by yourself and meet 1/2 dozen fun people and bartenders know how to keep the conversation going. Pomme Frites are YUM. A bit pricier than average, worth every penny. Zack seems to like this restaurant more than any of his others because he's always here (when he's not hitting balls at Washington Golf Course just 10 minutes away)
Where I met my husband and owner Ricardo Sandoval will always have a special place in my heart because of how active he is in the neighborhood. Great Italian food, great happy hour. Summertime patio overlooks city skyline
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Fat Cats
2061 West 10th Street
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Where I met my husband and owner Ricardo Sandoval will always have a special place in my heart because of how active he is in the neighborhood. Great Italian food, great happy hour. Summertime patio overlooks city skyline
tasting menu of pastas is my favorite thing to get while sitting at bar. Cozy, tree covered patio on side of restaurant is charming. Used to be an old bank so private rooms in basement are in old vaults
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Dante
2247 Professor Avenue
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tasting menu of pastas is my favorite thing to get while sitting at bar. Cozy, tree covered patio on side of restaurant is charming. Used to be an old bank so private rooms in basement are in old vaults
Owner Sherman is great guy, this place has part restaurant/part bar vibe with lots of tvs behind long bar tuned into sports of every kind, big outdoor patio for summertime. Very affordable and amazingly fresh and good, all made from scratch every day
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The South Side
2207 West 11th Street
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Owner Sherman is great guy, this place has part restaurant/part bar vibe with lots of tvs behind long bar tuned into sports of every kind, big outdoor patio for summertime. Very affordable and amazingly fresh and good, all made from scratch every day
Rocco is a big personality and his food reflects that. See and be seen kind of place with huge sidewalk patio on main Professor Street, pizzas, meat galore, hip fun bar
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Fahrenheit
2417 Professor Avenue
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Rocco is a big personality and his food reflects that. See and be seen kind of place with huge sidewalk patio on main Professor Street, pizzas, meat galore, hip fun bar
Great pizza for take out or dine in - great patio in back. Invisible Voice Bookstore on the second floor
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Crust
2258 Professor Avenue
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Great pizza for take out or dine in - great patio in back. Invisible Voice Bookstore on the second floor
Local chain with 1/2 dozen locations, a millenial favorite, awesome tacos and margaritas, huge lively patio
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Barrio Tremont
806 Literary Road
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Local chain with 1/2 dozen locations, a millenial favorite, awesome tacos and margaritas, huge lively patio
Super friendly owners, mostly take out although they do have small patio; Amazing fresh poke bowls and winters wouldn't be the same without stopping to pick up steaming hot ramen noodles - comfort food!
Corner 11 Bowl and Wrap
2391 Cleveland Street
Super friendly owners, mostly take out although they do have small patio; Amazing fresh poke bowls and winters wouldn't be the same without stopping to pick up steaming hot ramen noodles - comfort food!
Yes, great burgers! Directly across the street from The Christmas Story House and just about 4 blocks from my house
Rowley Inn
1104 Rowley Ave
Yes, great burgers! Directly across the street from The Christmas Story House and just about 4 blocks from my house
Arts & Culture
2nd largest theater district in the US (behind NYC) and with more than 10 performing spaces, you get a bit of everything from the touring Broadway shows, to concerts, comedians, Shakespeare......world's largest outdoor chandelier marks the spot (Euclid @ E. 14th) and makes for a great selfie. Theaters are 1920's former vaudeville theaters that were almost torn down in the 1980's to make surface parking lots (GASP) and now host a million patrons a year and have added more economic development to downtown than almost any other venue
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Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Avenue
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2nd largest theater district in the US (behind NYC) and with more than 10 performing spaces, you get a bit of everything from the touring Broadway shows, to concerts, comedians, Shakespeare......world's largest outdoor chandelier marks the spot (Euclid @ E. 14th) and makes for a great selfie. Theaters are 1920's former vaudeville theaters that were almost torn down in the 1980's to make surface parking lots (GASP) and now host a million patrons a year and have added more economic development to downtown than almost any other venue
If you are 16 or 75, you will love this place. Six floors dedicated to rock music and all the underlying influencing music (country, rap, soul, hiphop etc). Cool movies, awesome gift shop; $25 to get in but you will spend 4 hours in there and not even notice the whole afternoon has flown by. Probably #1 tourist attraction in CLE and you'll hear 10 different languages being spoken as you drift around listening to the great music.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 East 9th Street
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If you are 16 or 75, you will love this place. Six floors dedicated to rock music and all the underlying influencing music (country, rap, soul, hiphop etc). Cool movies, awesome gift shop; $25 to get in but you will spend 4 hours in there and not even notice the whole afternoon has flown by. Probably #1 tourist attraction in CLE and you'll hear 10 different languages being spoken as you drift around listening to the great music.
Essentials
Closest full service grocery store with good deli, full liquor store, great ethnic foods (Asian, Hispanic) and just a block from Westside Market in Ohio City. About 8 min drive from our house
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Dave's Markets Ohio City
2700 Carroll Avenue
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Closest full service grocery store with good deli, full liquor store, great ethnic foods (Asian, Hispanic) and just a block from Westside Market in Ohio City. About 8 min drive from our house
Breakfast Joints/Coffee Shops
Kathy Owad created this neighborhood diner and now the 2nd generation of family & friends running this popular place (Sat/Sun there will be 25 ppl waiting outside on sidewalk for a table). In a classic "could only happen in Tremont", when Grumpy's original location burned down on Literary just after we moved into Tremont (early 2000's) all the other restaurant owners had a fundraiser to put her back in business. That's how beloved this place is.
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Grumpy's Cafe
2621 West 14th Street
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Kathy Owad created this neighborhood diner and now the 2nd generation of family & friends running this popular place (Sat/Sun there will be 25 ppl waiting outside on sidewalk for a table). In a classic "could only happen in Tremont", when Grumpy's original location burned down on Literary just after we moved into Tremont (early 2000's) all the other restaurant owners had a fundraiser to put her back in business. That's how beloved this place is.
A bit more upscale than a typical diner and has a loyal following (was on Diners Drive Ins and Drives and that's all it needed to be on every tourists "to do list". Not much flexibility on menu in terms of asking for substitutions or even having an item taken out of a dish, so if you are lactose intolerant or gluten free etc. may be more challenging. Busy on weekends, but honestly I can never figure out when they start serving food on weekdays (last time I was there they said only coffee and prepared foods (muffins, etc.) until 9 am (who doesn't eat breakfast on a workday until 9 am?)
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Lucky's Café
777 Starkweather Avenue
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A bit more upscale than a typical diner and has a loyal following (was on Diners Drive Ins and Drives and that's all it needed to be on every tourists "to do list". Not much flexibility on menu in terms of asking for substitutions or even having an item taken out of a dish, so if you are lactose intolerant or gluten free etc. may be more challenging. Busy on weekends, but honestly I can never figure out when they start serving food on weekdays (last time I was there they said only coffee and prepared foods (muffins, etc.) until 9 am (who doesn't eat breakfast on a workday until 9 am?)
Owner Nancy Holcepel's coffee shop is where you pick up on all the neighborhood gossip. A hundred years ago this building was a pharmacy, cool tin ceiling, beautiful wood coffee bar, business meetings with laptops, table of old retired guys sharing the shit, a chill coffee shop in the frantic grab and go world of Starbucks
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Civilization
2366 West 11th Street
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Owner Nancy Holcepel's coffee shop is where you pick up on all the neighborhood gossip. A hundred years ago this building was a pharmacy, cool tin ceiling, beautiful wood coffee bar, business meetings with laptops, table of old retired guys sharing the shit, a chill coffee shop in the frantic grab and go world of Starbucks