When you’re dining and not quite sure what to enjoy, mussels are such an amazing answer. The dish itself is a sight to behold; it’s brought out steaming, overflowing with dark shells cracked open to the sky, broth swirling at the bottom spicy and red or light from white wine and butter, and, of course, there’s crusty bread for dipping and sharing. Where to get these mussels you ask? Find them in Cleveland at these great locales.
1948 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, Oh 44113
At Bar Cento, the rooms intermingle and you’re wandering from the bar into the Beir Markt or perhaps stepping into the speakeasy for drinks and dancing. If you find yourself needing sustenance, try the steamed mussels with a side of pomme frites. While the description on the menu may be lacking, the taste certainly isn’t! Light and refreshing, the steamed mussels are served with a Belgian Wit beer from the extensive beer menu at the Beir Markt. Seasoned pomme frites perfectly complement the sweet mussels which are just as good as an entree or as an appetizer.
The Greenhouse Tavern
2038 E. 4th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
At The Greenhouse Tavern, led by Jonathon Sawyer and his crazy talented crew of flavor experts, is there any surprise their mussels are a culinary masterpiece? Perfectly seasoned with rosemary and heavenly saffron, then finished with beef essence and gnocchi, there’s nothing to refute; the mussels are delightful. Try the Provencal mussels at The Greenhouse Tavern and they’ll surely satisfy. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the rest of the menu at The Greenhouse Tavern.
Sokolowski’s University Inn
1201 University Road
Cleveland, Oh 44113
A U-turn from The Greenhouse Tavern will lead you to Sokolowski’s Inn, near Tremont and a stone’s throw from the river bank. Here all good Clevelanders and visitors should stop for dinner at least once; President Bill Clinton did. One of Cleveland’s oldest restaurants, this gem has been proudly serving Polish and eastern European cuisine for more than 90 years. The mussels on the menu aren’t fussy – simply two dozen steamed in butter and white wine and served with garlic toast. The ambiance at Sokolowski’s Inn is friendly and welcoming, and the food is too.
The South Side
2207 W. 11th St.
Cleveland Ohio 44113
The mussels appetizer on the menu at The South Side should be doubled, no make that tripled. When you take Prince Edward Island mussels and steam them to perfection and serve them in a broth made spicy from garlic, shallots and chorizo, you have to expect the people will demand more. It’s more than just an appetizer, it’s literally a conversation starter. Is there an award for appetizers?
12700 Lake Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Pier W, with its sophistication and polished perfection, should offer at least one mussel appetizer or entree dish to the public. In reality, it has two dishes that speak volumes to the detail and dedication Pier W places on its food and customers. The appetizer of Prince Edward Island mussels in white wine with garlic and bacon is heavenly, but the real scene stealer is Pier W’s bouillabaisse. It’s overflowing with fresh fish, mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops crab and more in a saffron-laced broth served with garlic bread and seasoned perfectly. If that’s all you decide to dine on at Pier W, you’ll be in heaven.
Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.