75 Hours in Cleveland: Brandon Zingale

75 Hours in Cleveland with Brandon Zingale

Day 1

Start your first morning off right with a balanced breakfast from Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont. I’m a big breakfast burrito guy, and they make the best. Cilantro cream sauce? C’mon. Delicious.

Since you’re already in Tremont, you’re blocks away from the “A Christmas Story” house. Take a tour, or just check the place out from the outside. Very cool to imagine all of the scenes right where you are standing. They also have a gift shop across the street.

Next, take a walk through the West Side Market and check out all of the local vendors. If you’re not still full from Lucky’s big ol breakfast burrito, grab a gyro from Steve’s Gyro’s. There isn’t one better.

If you need a little afternoon pick me up, head on over to Rising Star Coffee Roasters for a fantastic cup of artisan coffee. You may just like it enough to head back on Days 2 and 3.

While in Cleveland, you have to check out the Frozen Cleveland Lighthouse. Since it’ll be cold, you’ll be able to witness the frozen waves against the lighthouse in multiple layers. Very cool stuff.

Now it’s time for dinner. For your first dinner in Cleveland, it’ll have to be Barrio. Hands down the best tacos and queso you will ever eat. I know it’s cold outside, but grab a frozen strawberry margarita anyway. It’s worth it.

We are here for sports, so a sports bar or two is a must. End the night at City Tap or The Clevelander. It doesn’t get much more Cleveland than these two bars.

Rising Star (photo cred: @risingstar)
Barrio (photo cred: @barrio)

Day 2

Wake up to the delicious taste of Brewnuts in Gordon Square. They have a variety of unique mouth-watering donuts to try. It’s hard to limit yourself to just one.

The Cleveland Arcade is a fun little shopping arcade to stroll through, which is one of the first shopping arcades in America, and still standing. Obviously, because I wouldn't have recommended it if it wasn’t.

A fun lunch spot is the Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Tremont. The taste of NOLA cuisines and the Nahhhhleans atmosphere right here in Cleveland.

Hit up a happy hour at Lago in the flats. A fun spot in a cool area with some unique cocktails.

You can also catch a show at Playhouse Square. There is always something for everyone. At night, it’s a fun place to walk through with the huge lit up chandelier. 

I wouldn’t be mad if you had Barrio for dinner two nights in a row. Another awesome spot is Southside in Tremont. Try their Pierogies, which is a Cleveland staple. The Fat Kid Nachos will make you realize why it got its name.

Finish the night at Punch Bowl Social. A great atmosphere with great drinks, arcade games, and even a bowling alley.

Day 3

Good morning, Cleveland. Last breakfast of the trip, so we have to go out with a bang. It’ll be Astoria. You will get the French Toast. You will enjoy it. It’s Challah bread baked in a cast iron skillet. No need to hypnotize you here

Head on over to the Cleveland Museum of Art and become mind blown by the amazing exhibits. More than half a million tourists from around the world come to visit, so you can’t go wrong here.

Take a stroll through the beautiful University Circle with a variety of architectural goodness.

While you are in the area, grab some lunch at Mamma Santa’s in Little Italy. One of the best places to eat in Cleveland.

If you want to get spooky, check out the Franklin castle, where mad ghosts are hanging out. Maybe you’ll catch one. Don’t worry, they’re friendly. Just kidding, I'm not a ghost expert.

For dinner, Blue Point Grille has the best seafood in town. Anything crab is approved by me.

Grab a little night cap at Wild Eagle Saloon. A great neighborhood hangout for awesome drinks and live music, including a self-serving draft beer wall. On behalf of you, I've counted you in.

Thanks for stopping by. We hope to see you soon!

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