Jeff and Michele live in Cleveland Heights. Jeff cooks twice a week and occasionally bakes, cans and makes preserves. Michele also cooks twice a week, specializing in home-style (she says, “Betty Crocker”) preparations. The rest of the time, we rely on restaurants to keep us fed.

Over the years, we have racked up countless hours in Cleveland area restaurants. Friends often call us for recommendations and we have kept an Excel spreadsheet of our favorites that often gets distributed. When we heard a friend took an out-of-towner to Applebee’s because they could not get in contact with us, we knew we needed to find a way to share our experiences and our list of good restaurants, even when we were ourselves dining.

Michele and Jeff split a menu in half. Michele tends to gravitate to fish, lighter meals and chocolate dessert. Jeff wants to experiment and is more likely to choose veal, rabbit, duck, pasta and desserts that are, “not chocolate.” Because we both cook a lot of chicken and pork at home, these are less popular restaurant selections, but not out of the question. Neither of us is a big beef fan, although Jeff does enjoy it occasionally. We always pass forkfuls across the table. Dessert is (almost) always shared, so you can imagine how nearly 30 years of marital compromise comes into play with our after-dinner selection. Michele typically accompanies a meal with hot tea, Jeff like a glass of wine (or two!) As you can see, we span the menu from cover to cover.

Please enjoy our comments. We hope they help you find a great Cleveland restaurant. Perhaps this blog space will make it easier. If it goes well for us, you may look forward to jeff and michele eat New Orleans, (see NOLA page) our second favorite food city!

Thanks for visiting!

Jeff & Michele


9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Frank D  |  October 13, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Thanks for sharing your reviews. I’ve already decided that I need to go to Corstatas immediately.
    I’ve added JAMEC to my favorites.

  • 2. Hester Lewellen  |  December 19, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Just had a very disappointing visit to Bistro 185. Marinara sauce on mussels was overwhelming–thick, over garlicked. Green salad–ordinary. Halibut overcooked. Rack of lamb more fat than meat. Nice orzo, though. We have the clevelandindependents deck of cards which is fun. Had a GREAT meal at SASA.

    • 3. jeffandmicheleeatcleveland  |  December 24, 2009 at 12:18 PM

      We have not been to 185 for a while. We’ll need to check it out again soon. Thanks! J&M

  • 4. Douglas Katz  |  July 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Thanks for your review and blog post for The Katz Club Diner. As we have only been open for eight weeks, I hope you will give us another try sometime in the future. I am proud of my staff and know that their hardwork and the team we are building will achieve excellence. Please feel free to call me at 2162010533 prior to your next visit, so I can make sure your next experience exceeds expectation. Best, Douglas Katz

    • 5. jeffandmicheleeatcleveland  |  July 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Thanks for the reply! We’ll wait a bit and try again. We may have been more surprised than you!

  • 6. Linda  |  March 28, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    do you happen to have a suggestion for kids birthday dinner…we will be traveling through Cleveland on our Twin Son’s Birthday and we HATE CHUKKE CHEESE

    • 7. jeffandmicheleeatcleveland  |  March 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Sorry, we are not really well versed in children’s activities. (We don’t have kids!) If you’re looking for a place that has fun food and might attract the tasts of children, consider a hamburger place like the B Spot. We also LOVE Mitchell’s ice cream and think it is the best in the city. I beleive they offer kid’s parties. I wish appy Dog were located in some other place than a bar, because i’m sure kids would love to top their dog with all of the odd things they offer, but i’m sure the venue would be off-putting for some parents. Sorry we couldnt be of more help!

      • 8. EatOnEdgecliff  |  April 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        We have brought our kids to Happy Dog many times and they love it. It’s a great place. Melt is fun for kids also. Also Sokolowski’s… A true Cleveland adventure. Our kids love the piano player on Friday evenings.


  • 9. lindA  |  April 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Thanks for your suggestions. We were in Cleveland last week and we LOVED Deweys
    Pizza. We also took Michele And Jeff’s suggestion and really enjoyed Mitchells Homemade Ice Cream. Thanks again.


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