The hardest part about moving to Cleveland from Atlanta was my sudden lack of options for food. Atlanta is packed with options for food, no matter what you’re in the mood for – you can find it (and it’ll be delicious). Cleveland on the other hand… Not so much. Especially if you’re a vegetarian.
So, for anyone who ever finds themselves in Cleveland – here’s a list of some of its best places. And, whether you love meat or not, there’s something for everyone here in Cleveland, TN (there’s a sentence I’d never thought I’d say).
1. Gardner’s Market
What’s the Sitch? : The moment you step into Gardner’s Market, you feel like you’re at home. Or, maybe, your grandma’s home. Either way, you’re at home here. Gardner’s is exactly the kind of place you’d expect to find in a small, southern town – if that southern town was straight out of a movie. I may have been a little shocked by this place, but my taste buds weren’t let down.
Veggie-Connection: I’ve been on a real grilled cheese kick lately, and Gardner’s has the perfect sandwich to satisfy that craving. It’s got cucumbers and an herb spread, which leave you with a fresh taste. But, it doesn’t let you down with its cheesy goodness. For a twist, try adding pepper jack (I did that last time, it was to die for).
Don’t Miss It: I can’t emphasize this enough: try the kale salad. You will not regret it.
2. Dos Bros
What’s the Sitch? : I would be lying if I said I didn’t go to Dos Bros at least once a month. Okay, probably more like once a week. What can I say, it just doesn’t get any better than their queso! Any time I’m in a pinch for a meal, I can count on Dos Bros. They’re like the best friend I’ve ever had! They have everything: Tacos, Burritos, Nachos, and my personal favorite – the Bowl. Seriously, if you’re sleeping on Dos Bros, wake up. It’s guaranteed (probably) to become your new favorite place.
Veggie-Connection: Since everything is customizable, you can take or leave meat on anything you want to order. The best part? There’s even tofu for you die-hard veggie lovers out there. And it’s amazing.
Don’t Miss It: One word, Too Delicious: Queso.
3. Fuji Teriyaki Express
What’s the Sitch? : I have to give credit where credit is due for this one. My friend Kiersten (check out her blog here) first took me to Fuji a few weeks ago, and I’ve been hooked. This place is the real deal, y’all! If you like Thai food, you need to go to Fuji. For real!! Their curry is absolutely incredible, and so is everything else that I’ve tried there. Seriously: it’s all good. And it’s all cooked fresh. AND (the most important part), it’s all affordable!!
Veggie-Connection: You can get pretty much any dish they serve with tofu instead of meat. I usually think tofu can be hit or miss, but their tofu is actually exquisite.
Don’t Miss It: The curry. I would elaborate, but you just need to go try it for yourself!
As you can see, Cleveland is packed with delicious gems. Sometimes it just takes a moment to find them. Let me know in the comments your favorite places to eat in Cleveland! And, as always, share this with all your veggie-loving friends.