Lunching in Cleveland

Friday, July 20, 2012

Since switching jobs in February brought me back to working in the heart of Downtown Cleveland the thing I've most enjoyed, not surprisingly, is all the new lunch options within walking distance that are now open to me.

Working on Public Square does have it's perks.

It's like I get to have fancy tasting dining opportunities every day of the week, whether it's sit down with linens, lunch counter or food court - whatever I'm in the mood for!

As I'm sure you know, I can go on and on and on about the fabulous dining options downtown, but for this list I'm going to focus on the restaurants I've been most recently carrying-out of. Because who doesn't just like to step away from their desk, walk a block or two, get some grub, walk a block or two back and maniacally eat said lunch while browsing blogs?

I know I sure do.

So here's my current favorite carry-out dining establishments around Downtown Cleveland in no particular order.

The Flaming Ice Cube - 140 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114
This all vegan restaurant is tops in the taste department, the Mediterranean Hummus Wrap is my go to and they have a wide selection of smoothies. If you're carry-out I'd recommend calling your order in as sometimes they can get overwhelmed.

It's Greek To You - 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland OH 44113 (Tower City Center food court, second floor)
This place obviously has my heart thanks to my Greeky Greek heritage and love of anything containing feta cheese. Get the Mezz Sampler Plate for a little bit of everything. 

Sushi 86 - 509 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Probably my newest lunch obsession, Sushi 86 is quick on carry out, great service and most importantly tasty as all heck sushi made with fresh ingredients. The spicy maki box with a half seaweed salad is my jam.

Potbelly - 515 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
The Potbelly Sandwich Shop has been around for years, just not in Cleveland, but when a new location opened up a couple blocks from me I fought the lines and fell in love. Great service and quality food, "Smiles for Miles", preaching the manager and it works. I've consistently had the Uptown Salad twice a week since it's opening.

Nexus Cafe & Coffeehouse - 627 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Everything that I've had at this newish lunch spot has been delicious, and I appreciate their mission - from breakfast, coffees, salads and pizza you'll find something you like. My current favorite is their crabcake salad and you must try their sweet potato salad, omg, yum.

While these are some of my current favorite there's so much great dining in Cleveland I don't care where you go, just get out there and support local business!

Happy Friday, everyone! (But my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the Aurora, Colorado shootings, hug someone you love today.)

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  1. The Greek place looks awesome bc it's my favorite type of food. Thanks for this list! Yum.

  2. sushi 86 is my takeout dinner of choice.

    the spicy scallop and jal-b-thy rolls are my favorite.

  3. I LOVE sushi 86- they are SO nice!! My go-to is the 86 roll w. half seaweed salad.

    Haven't tried nexus yet, but both those salads sound YUMMY!

  4. i've only recently started to appreciate greek food, no so much the "weird meats" as I call them...but there is tons of other fare to choose from, I've been on the outs for 95% of my life!! I am liking it!

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