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May 2020

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CLE Takeout Guide

Sure, we love a great meal out on the town, but these 31 takeout spots have us scrolling through Uber Eats and DoorDash so we can cozy up at home.

Food + Drink

2020 Reader-Selected Silver Spoon Winners

These are Cleveland Magazine readers' favorite restaurants of the year.

A Condiment We Love: Ninja City's Ginger Ketchup

Add some tang to your burgers and fries with this ginger, lemongrass and garlic infused ketchup.

Celebrate National Burger Month With These Five Juicy Patties

From Swensons' Galley Boy to Good Company's Good Boi, we've rounded up our fave burgers in town.

CLE Takeout Guide

Sure, we love a great meal out on the town, but these 31 takeout spots have us scrolling through Uber Eats and DoorDash so we can cozy up at home.

CLE Takeout Guide: 3 Ways To Use Last Night’s Leftovers

Flying Fig chef and owner Karen Small help us repurpose food by rethinking how we heat stuff up or simply introducing new ingredients.

CLE Takeout Guide: Angelo's Pizza

The Lakewood pizzeria is known for its classic pies, inventive takes as well as make-your-own options — all perfect for those nights where you want to stay in.

CLE Takeout Guide: Balance Pan-Asian Grille

Carryout is the name of the game at this downtown Asian-fusion spot dedicated to fresh ingredients in dishes such as Asian tacos.

CLE Takeout Guide: Barroco Arepa Bar

What started out as a small restaurant offering only takeout and limited seating, has now grown into three locations that still offer amazing arepas, empanadas and fried plantains.

CLE Takeout Guide: Black Box Fix

Chef and owner Eric Rogers kicks things up at his Legacy Village spot where gourmet sandwiches come with a Creole and Cajun twist.

CLE Takeout Guide: Chapati Indian Grill

This fast-casual restaurant is a gateway to Indian cuisine, especially street food such as crisp tandoori wings seasoned with a house dry-rub of spices.

CLE Takeout Guide: Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant

Even for carryout, dishes such as Pad Khee Mao or Gang Keow Wan don’t lose their authentic Thai flavors at this Akron spot.

CLE Takeout Guide: Cleveland Vegan

To-go options here include vegan prepared meals, a menu full of entrees, smoothies, milkshakes and a popular grab-and-go case.

CLE Takeout Guide: Dang Good Foods

Each dish at this Lakewood spot is inspired by different street vendors from a variety of Asian cultures, including China and Malaysia.

CLE Takeout Guide: Express Deli

Find deli favorites with a Middle Eastern twist at this popular Brook Park convenience store.

CLE Takeout Guide: Flour

Known for house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas, the East Side spot offers an abbreviated comfort-food oriented takeout menu.

CLE Takeout Guide: Get Your Coffee, Tea And Pastry Fix

From much-needed espresso to a box of pastries, check out these spots offering to-go coffee, tea and more.

CLE Takeout Guide: Good to Go Cafe

Feel great about the takeout food you’re eating with the options at Anna Harouvis’ cafe that features many vegan or gluten-free items.

CLE Takeout Guide: Gourmand's Deli

This 23-year-old breakfast and lunch spot in Valley View has a stellar menu of 57 sandwiches to choose from such as the impressive Hawaii Five-OH, a smoked turkey sammie served with pineapple chutney.

CLE Takeout Guide: Great Lakes Brewing Co.

What would the Ohio City brewpub be without beer to go? Its takeout menu features popular gastropub items with crowlers and growlers of its award-winning ales.

CLE Takeout Guide: Green Rooster Farms

The standouts at this Playhouse Square restaurant are its assortment of deli sandwiches, as well as sides and house-made soups.

CLE Takeout Guide: Hecks Express

This fast-casual take on Hecks of Ohio City and Hecks of Avon introduces takeout friendly options such as smoothie bowls and wraps.

CLE Takeout Guide: Herb ‘n Twine

Call ahead if you want a sammie from this Ohio City shop because it often runs out of its filling and affordable offerings.

CLE Takeout Guide: Here’s How To Tip Delivery Drivers

A DoorDash driver fills us in on how and why you should slip your delivery driver a little extra cash.

CLE Takeout Guide: Hofbrauhaus Cleveland

Bring home this beer hall’s selection of takeout goodies including sandwiches and family-sized portions of sausage and schnitzel.

CLE Takeout Guide: Irie Jamaican Kitchen

Omar McKay’s fast-casual Jamaican restaurant offers bowls and boxed meals.

CLE Takeout Guide: Jade Dragon

Dishes such as General Tso’s chicken are equally delicious as leftovers as they are fresh out of this spot's kitchen.

CLE Takeout Guide: La Plaza Supermarket & Taqueria

This taqueria’s celebrated handhelds come filled with one of eight meat choices, house-made salsas and more.

CLE Takeout Guide: Larder Delicatessen and Bakery

James Beard Award-nominated co-chef and co-owner Jeremy Umansky’s Hingetown deli offers everything from meat boards to fried chicken.

CLE Takeout Guide: Li Wah

The AsiaTown spot's signature is its dim sum goodies such as dumplings, sweet buns and black pepper beef short ribs.

CLE Takeout Guide: Lox, Stock & Brisket

With all the staples of a traditional Jewish deli, this University Heights restaurant focuses on counter service and delicious sandwiches and soup.

CLE Takeout Guide: Mr. Zub’s Deli and Bar

Snag one of 38 specialty sandwiches named after movies and movie characters, pizza or to-go beers on tap at this spot.

CLE Takeout Guide: Munch

The Solon spot is known for its healthy soup, sandwiches and salads with plenty of vegan and vegetarian fare such as its small-batch Thai coconut and black bean chili.

CLE Takeout Guide: Sanabel Middle East Bakery

Owner Norma Touma and her three-person staff go through 100 to 200 pounds of flour each day to make enough pita — some that will get filled with falafel or kafta.

CLE Takeout Guide: Superior Pho

The popular Vietnamese pho shop has a pro tip on how to get the freshest pho at home: ask for uncooked noodles. Just take them home and drop them in boiling water for about five seconds.

CLE Takeout Guide: Sushi 86

The downtown eatery, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, is known for its fresh and inexpensive sushi rolls and noodle bowls.

CLE Takeout Guide: The Proper Pig Smokehouse

Best known for beef brisket, co-owners Shane Vidovic and Ted Dupaski are used to quickly cranking out high-quality barbecue.

CLE Takeout Guide: The Square Scullery

Take a foodie trip around the world without leaving your kitchen thanks to this spot’s inventive and globally inspired menu.

CLE Takeout Guide: Three Fine-Dining Spots Give Takeout A Try

Fine dining restaurants have had to shift to takeout and carryout during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how three local chefs have transformed how and what they offer their customers.

CLE Takeout Guide: Where To Snag To-go Beer And Wine

Swing by one of these local spots for takeout wine and beer.

CLE Takeout Guide: Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen

The Playhouse Square spot serves up authentic Lebanese cuisine that's fast, fresh and tasty. You'll find us in line for the hummus and shish tawook wrap.

Jeremy Umansky's New Book Dives Into His Love Of Koji

The James Beard Award-nominated chef and co-owner of Larder Delicatessen and Bakery talks to us about the history and science of the Japanese fungal microbe.

Make The Most Of Your Summer Harvest With Our Guide To Squash

There's more gourds to gorge than zucchini. Here's our roundup of eight popular varieties of summer squash and the different ways to use them.

Ohio City Pizzeria Helps Clevelanders In Need

By dishing up delicious Italian meals, the Ohio City restaurant provides a second chance to homeless individuals by teaching them to cook.

Phoenix Coffee Co. Brings Its Coffee To You

Thanks to a bike courier system, the local coffee chain now delivers whole coffee beans, pour-over equipment and more to your front door.

Thyme Table Is Cleveland’s Best New Restaurant

Editor Kim Schneider on why the Bay Village restaurant deserves 2020’s top spot.

In the CLE

1955: Making Cigarettes Goes Atomic in Cleveland

Public Hall hosted the industry convention where Philip Morris showed off its nuclear-powered cigarette maker.

3 CLE Workout Studios Keeping Us Fit At Home

From barre and yoga, to spinning, boxing and more, here's how you can join the virtual classes.

A Clevelander's Guide To Combating Anxiety

If social distancing and more have left you with anxiety, this guide will help you understand and manage it.

Can Cleveland's Competing Hospitals Work Together To Beat COVID-19?

Health systems are cooperating like never before. With acute shortages of equipment, beds and staff, they have no choice.

Canalway Partners' Mera Cardenas Talks Towpath Trail

We get the organization's new executive director's takes on the Towpath, her career journey and Rust Belt connections.

Editor's Note: How Our Restaurants Are Lending A Helping Hand

During the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, many restaurants have had to shut down or shift to takeout while still finding ways to give back. It serves as a reminder of how vital our chef community is to Cleveland. 

How Clothes Can Define Who We Are

One writer reflects on how her clothes provide a sense of self.

Noelia Garcia Tackles Signing Day And More

The John Marshall School of Civic & Business Leadership senior will play rugby for Notre Dame College in South Euclid after being the only women's sports athlete at CMSD's signing day.

Ohio's Swing State Status May Be Up In The Air

The bellwether state went to President Trump in 2016, but it went against the popular vote, which it's only done a few times before.


Five Local Books To Read At Home

These recent releases from NEO authors span detective stories, baseball memories and more.

How Cultural Institutions Are Reaching Patrons

In the midst of temporary closures and reduced programming, here's how local institutions are staying connected to members and visitors.

At Home

4 Tips On Staining Your Own Deck

Tackle the intimidating task with some pro tips.

5 Veggies And Herbs To Grow Now

Even if your thumb isn't quite green, you can handle growing these plants this spring.

Home Offices Can Be Functional And Pretty

Laura of Pembroke co-owner Lauren Bosworth steps us through how to make it happen.


3 Gifts To Send To Mom This Year

With Mother's Day May 10, here are three surefire gifts to show you care.

Old Cords Become Cool Jewelry In The Hands of Marseille Markham Collins

The owner of Junk Party fashions funky, colorful jewelry out of unused cellphone cords, charger cables and more.


Retirement Communities Are Stepping Up During COVID-19

Find out how Northeast Ohio retirement facilities are protecting residents and helping them stay connected.

Retirement Living: An Interactive Map

A guide to some of Northeast Ohio's premier retirement communities.