washington place bistro and inn with a side of battery park wine bar

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

i could write about the decor of the new restaurant, washington place bistro and inn (the former baricelli inn), in little italy.

i could write about the beautiful bar and lobby too.

i could also write about the friendly staff and owner, scott kuhn who was more than kind, knowledgeable and proud of his new venture (he also owns and operates
87 West in crocker park, the allegheny grille, and the welshfield inn).

but when it comes down to it, i really want to talk about the food, the delicious, delicious food - executive chef jonathan guest did such a fabulous job putting together a menu that does nothing but impress.

last night myself, my hot date
seanski, and too many blogger and social media friends to count were lucky enough to experience a 5 course preview of the new menu.

and as a bonus, before courses were even presented, the group experienced some glorious hors d' oeuvres including shrimp and grits, a goat cheese display, hanger steak crostini, goat cheese strudel and cheese puffs.

for dinner, seanski and i sat with the cool kids, i.e. my favorite couple in cleveland allison and tim, my lovey janet and my new favorite meteorologist jason handman, (sorry holly strano).

that group listed above? t-r-o-u-b-l-e, in the best way possible.... but let's get to the food.

roasted beet & goat cheese salad [chef's garden beets and greens, almonds, mackenzie creamery ranch]

oxtail pierogies [oxtail ragout, ohio city pasta truffles potato pierogie, caramelized onion, horseradish creme fraiche]

dayboat scallops [butternut squash risotto, pearl onions, apple cider beurre blanc, micro greens]

braised pot roast [c.a.b, chef's garden carrots, roasted garlic mashers, big red reduction]

pan seared wild pacific salmon [cauliflower gratin, fines herbes]

housemade chocolate brownie [chocolate jeni's ice cream, bittersweet chocolate drizzle]

everything was beyond scrumptious, but if i had to select my favorite dishes i would go with the oxtail pierogies (OMG), the pan seared salmon (OMG 2.0) and the housemade chocolate brownie (OMG 3.0).

after dinner we were able to have a tour of the inn from scott kuhn where we got a sneak peak of one of the rooms.

seanski testing out the shower in one of the rooms, naturally.

the view of the lobby from the stairwell that leads you to the 7 available inn rooms - if you remember the baricelli inn there's been a lot of renovations.

i can't thank scott kuhn, chef jonathan guest, and michelle from cleveland foodie enough for putting the evening together it was such a pleasure to attend and i can't to go back.

i highly recommend you check out washington place bistro and inn and you can as of today because it's their grand opening!

after dinner seanski and i checked out the battery park wine bar on our way home. we ended up getting the whole tour there as well as i was sipping on some port.

after looking at the menu and realizing that the chef is from the old OPA! restaurant that was on w 25th, which was one of my favorite places back in the day, i can't wait to go back and try some food.

i can tell that battery park wine bar is going to be a place i frequent in the future, it kind of screams me with the dark lounge feel and exposed brick - super cozy for the winter months.

talk about a fun monday night huh?

now get out there, cleveland, and support local businesses!


editor's note: congrats to rachel (comment #30) and melange (comment #20) who were chosen via random.org as the winners of the pairs of tickets to this friday's scrooge's night out. sad you didn't win? you can still purchase tickets online here!


  1. Peirogis! mmm! With oxtail? who eats a tail? I swear I am the most perfect girlfriend candidate. I like carlo rossi, kraft mac and cheese, and the best food ever (besides Luigis) is nunzios pizza.

    This place looks amazing though! Like I couldn't afford to even walk by! I bet even the bums are nice there!

  2. How awesome!! I'm so excited. Thanks so SO much! Will I have the chance to meet you while I'm there?

  3. Very well-written review. We were also impressed with how friendly and welcoming Scott and everyone else were. We loved the pierogies as well and were sad that we had to leave to pick up our son from babysitting before the salmon came out.

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