The day before Easter, we finally made our first trip to the West Side Market in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. I decided to take the whole crew with me for a mini road trip. We arrived shortly after lunch time (on a Saturday, they are closed Sundays), and it was packed with people. Inside, as expected, was a delight to the senses. We started in the produce section, which had it’s own entire building of vendors.
After a recent Sunday drive to Beachwood for some pre-wedding shopping (DZ’s favorite), we decided to reward ourselves with a jaunt over to downtown Cleveland for an early dinner, thinking it was a good time to take a chunk out of my ever-growing wishlist of Cleveland restaurants. I’ve been antsy to try Noodlecat, the new Jonathan Sawyer venture on Euclid, right around the corner from his popular Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th, (also on the wishlist, but we were saving it for Restaurant Week, stay tuned.)
Admittedly, yes, I’m food obsessed, but that doesn’t stop me from being misinformed about my restaurants from time to time. I recently led you to believe that Sukho Thai in Belden Village is the only Thai restaurant in Canton. Come to find out, this is only partially true. Indeed Sukho Thai is the only exclusively Thai restaurant, as in, they focus on Thai cuisine, the word “Thai” is on the sign….you get the idea. But recently we became acquainted with a pan-Asian gem called Jasmine Asian Bistro and discovered another great local place for Thai. Pan-Asian is a fancy way of saying that they serve a mix of Asian cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese, and yes, Thai. A big thank-you to one of my readers, Lee, for pointing this out.
Now, about my new friend, Jasmine Asian Bistro. I had been hearing bits and pieces about this place for a while, but since it’s located on 30th Street, between Cleveland Ave. and Market, I don’t pass by it enough to remember to go. Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised that there was some attention paid to design details in the dining room. With white table clothes and napkins and an updated and almost swanky bar, this place definitely had a little ambiance going; at least they’re trying, that’s all a girl can ask for.