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Ohio City, located just west of downtown, is one of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods. Founded in 1818, the area was annexed by Cleveland in 1854.

Today, Ohio City boasts a collection of fun--and tasty--restaurants as well as the West Side Market and dozens of restored 19th century houses.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Great Lakes Brewing Company, located on Market Avenue in the shadow of the West Side Market, is Ohio's first microbrewery. Established in 1988, the historic six-building complex now includes a brewery, a brew pub, and banquet facilities.

The menu here includes a tasty selection of hearty entrees, appetizers, and grilled items. Appetizer highlights include a sausage sampler with whole grain mustard, porter tempura-battered Lake Erie walleye bites with fresh tartar sauce, and a delicious Stilton cheddar cheese soup. Entrees include juicy burgers, bratwurst and piergois, and pretzel Amish chicken. Of course, all can be accompanied by the restaurant's house brews.

Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 771-4404

The Flying Fig

The Bar at the Flying Fig
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The Flying Fig, across from Great Lakes Brewing Company, combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with innovative, healthy, and tasty food. Chef/owner Karen Small was one of the first in the region to feature locally grown and organic produce, and the restaurant makes most of its stocks, sauces, and delicious desserts. The Fig has a good, affordable bar menu, too.

The Flying Fig
2523 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH
216 241-4243

Johnny Mango World Cafe

Johnny Mango World Cafe - Cleveland Ohio
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Walking into Johnny Mango is like walking into a neighborhood cantina, just off the beach in the Caribbean or Mexico. The decor at this Bridge Avenue eatery is casual and colorful; the music is lilting and upbeat; and the aromas escaping the kitchen area are enticing. The menu features a variety of burritos and quesadillas (with your choice of steak, chicken, veggies, chorizo and potatoes, and shrimp, among other options), one dish meals including delicious fried rice with shrimp, chicken, or veggies and accompanied by a fiery kafir lime sauce; and hearty entrees such as Bangkok BBQ chicken and "Tuna Cancuna" -- a blackened Caribbean-style delight.

Johnny Mango World Cafe
3120 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 575-1919

Heck's Cafe

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Heck’s Café in the heart of Ohio City, is housed in a charming, restored 19th century brick townhouse. It's a friendly place, popular with neighborhood residents as well as out-of-towners and suburbanites. The no-frills menu includes delicious burgers, such as the au poivre burger and the Rogue burger, made with chunky bleu cheese dressing, all accompanied a serving of hand-cut fries, easily the best fries in the city. Heck's is also a popular spot for Sunday brunch, when the entrees include an indulgent and tasty eggs benedict, stuffed French toast, and a Brie and mushroom omelet.

Heck's Cafe
2927 Bridge Avenue
216 861-5464

Bar Cento

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Bar Cento, located across the street from the West Side Market, is a bright light in Cleveland food scene. Opened in the fall of 2007, this cozy eatery features 100 wines and an array of tasty pizzas, appetizers, and hearty entrees--all made from the freshest ingredients, most of them locally made.

Highlights include the pizzas with intriguing flavor combinations like apple, prosciutto and blue cheese as well as more traditional pairings. The hand-cut french fries with home-made mayonnaise are worth a trip by themselves.

Bar Cento
1948 W. 25th Street
Cleveland, OH
216 274-1010

Momocho

Momocho, Cleveland Ohio
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This stylish Mexican restaurant combines traditional Mexican ingredients in unique and tasty ways. The 19th century building is warm and inviting and offers cozy corners and a serene patio (in season). Menu highlights include guacamole served six different ways (can't decide; try the sampler), including traditional, with bleu cheese, and with smoked trout. Meats include braised duck and pork chops with mole sauce. There are also more than a dozen varieties of taquinos (ingredients tightly rolled in a corn tortilla).

Momocho offers a full bar with a variety of premium tequilas. Momocho is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Momocho
1835 Fulton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 694-2122

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