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Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant rocks its third anniversary and plays host to one of Cleveland’s favorite holidays—St. Patrick’s Day

“There is nothing better than St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland on a Saturday,” says Sean Lackey, who, along with his wife, Michelle, owns Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant. “We practice here all year long.” This cozy neighborhood eatery serves Irish favorites such as Vienna Corned Beef Boxtys, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Nachos year-round, and...

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Lenten menu options are aplenty at Mr. G’s Pizzeria & Wings

With the Lenten season upon us, many people are looking to avoid meat during the long sacrifice without giving up flavor and diversity. Enter Mr. G’s Pizzeria and Wings and their annual Lenten Specials menu, which includes Jumbo Lobster Ravioli—large ravioli stuffed with lobster and two cheeses (ricotta and Parmesan) and smothered...

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The Starving Chef Recipe: White Chicken Chili

My white chili is packed with everything from sweet corn to green chilies. It’s a sinus clearing extravaganza that’s also loaded with protein, which means this chili might actually cure the common cold. For step-by-step instructions with photos, click here. White Chicken Chili Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25-30...

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The iconic Luca Italian Cuisine now has a sister location in Westlake

Building on the success of its iconic, award-winning flagship restaurant, Luca Italian Cuisine, on the Superior Viaduct overlooking downtown Cleveland, the new Luca West opened recently with the highest of expectations. And from the fragrant olive and lemon trees housed in Italian terra cotta pots to the rough-hewn beamed ceilings reclaimed from...

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A Final Thought: Starbucks is the devil

For 15 years now, Mimi Vanderhaven has been true to her mission of improving business diversity by shining the spotlight on quality, locally owned businesses, most of whom suffer from “the 500-foot rule.” That is, local businesses often can’t afford the high rent district so they locate a bit farther away. For example, wherever...

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