|Charging Armor Court in the Cleveland Museum of Art|
I have been strolling through this magnificent room for four decades and it takes my breath away every time. While you walk amid dazzling tapestries and authentic knights in shining armor, do keep in mind that all the metal around you was forged with fire and a hammer.
|Looking skyward, Interior, Peter Lewis Building.|
Lunch suggestion: L'Albatros Brasserie.
--The Gordon Square neighborhood is one of my favorite parts of town. It's old and tough and coming back, plus it's got the Capital Theatre, where the silver screen glitters in a building that hails from 1921. HELL YEAH.
|Gordon Square street band.|
After the movie, amble across the street to LUXE and enjoy their braised short ribs with potato gnocchi and blue cheese sauce. When I took my first bite of this dish, I chewed, swallowed, inhaled, then leveled my eyes at my husband and said, "This may be the best plate of food I have ever eaten."
Dessert: Sweet Moses.
--I start talking about the West Side Market and my eyes well up. Places with a energy such as this are very rare indeed. You don't have to buy anything; just being here will feed you.
Some people say "living history" and it's just two words. But when I get a falafel sandwich at Maha's (the best in town) and eat it while perched on the stone bench in the market balcony with my kid at my side, I take living history into singular territory. My great grandfather was a sweet corn and potato farmer in this county and he used to trade his produce at the West Side Market almost a hundred years ago.
|View from the balcony, Cleveland's West Side Market|
If you're looking for a nosh with a little more swank, walk over to Crop Bistro. Oh hell, just go over there anyway for a glass or cuppa while you take in the most elegant dining room in Cleveland.
|Quirk at Big Fun.|
Don't miss: the spring rolls at Tree Country Bistro.
--For a handful of unparallelled architectural delights in the downtown area, try the Huntington Bank Building, the Cleveland Public Library's Main Branch or the Cuyahoga County Court House. Eats? I always hope to find one of our eclectic food trucks.
|Bigger quirk: Cleveland's Free Stamp.|
--Because this is Cleveland and because it's January, I must include Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in this list. Let the wind and snow blow, in here you'll find a vintage tropical wonderland worthy of Gatsby & Co.
--Yeah, yeah. I know. We've got the ultimate Rock House, which is right next door to a big ol' science center, you can learn more about those and tons of other venues over here But this is an Erin guide and while the Cleveland savvy will drone on about the history of Playhouse Square and crow about it being the second largest theater district in the country (next to NYC's Broadway), I will tell you that to stepping into the Palace Theater is pure magic bathed in undiluted opulence.
So I shall leave you here, where anything is possible.
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This post is a response to a request for a list of suggestions of what to do in my town for a few days surrounding a life threatening procedure at the Cleveland Clinic.
More of Erin O'Brien's Cleveland.
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