Best Restaurants: Cleveland's 10 Best New Restaurants
The Last Page is this year's best new restaurant, but it's far from the only spot that impressed us over the past year.
The Last Page (Best New Restaurant) The Last Page is hard to wrap your head around.
A chef trio — culinary director Jordan Rolleston, head of culinary Brad Race and executive chef Logan Abbe — delivers a concise modern American menu that teems with Asian influence, such as in the Broken Egg Fried Rice ($18), a towering half-dome of rice and kimchi served with an egg yolk on top, or the whole branzino ($40), a mild white fish served atop a sweet Thai chili jam.
Yet, the truffle orecchiette ($24) and the Australian lamb chops ($38) with eggplant puree, labneh and house-made grilled pita are highlights that would fit on any Italian or Mediterranean menu.
They all come out together in a choose-your-own-adventure table share. “I love the idea of progression of flavor,” says Race. “Every bite should be as exciting as the first bite.”
Beverage director Angelica Sbai's cocktails served with smoke or bubbles might seem gimmicky until the infused flavors shoot up your nose and totally alter the drink’s flavor profile.
Most surprisingly, it’s in a shopping center. In the suburbs. And it’s cool — like really cool. “I feel like being in Pinecrest and in the suburbs gave us freedom in a way,” says marketing director Tessa Rolleston. “We didn’t feel like we had to meet some expectation that wasn’t us anyway.” thelastpagerestaurant.com
Cafe Everest Mo’ momos, please. This West Park eatery has quickly become one of Cleveland’s best spots for these veggie- or chicken-stuffed soup dumplings, which we enjoy in the jhol ($9.99), a spicy broth. But there are stunners across the Nepalese and Indian menu, too. cafeeverest.com
Cent’s Pizza and Goods Imagine if Tim Burton and Wes Anderson opened a pizza joint. Chef Vincent Morelli’s pink-hued spot has become a magnet for Cleveland’s creatives thanks to its free spirited, yet perfectly executed, concept and wood-fired ‘zas that turn tradition on its head. centspizza.com
Chatty’s Pizzeria Bay Villagers are a tight-knit bunch, so it’s no surprise Matthew Harlan’s pizza joint, known for its burrata-topped pizza and a view of the Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation, has been packed since it opened last year. chattyspizzeria.com
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