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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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2. Where to Eat

The sushi counter at Ginko, where you can enjoy fish flown in from Japan.  

Order a hulking board of meat, cheese, and house-pickled vegetables ($19) at Bar Cento—a sliver of an eatery that’s perfect for a pit stop while visiting Ohio City’s galleries. For a more substantial meal, start with a Caesar salad featuring black truffle ($9) and move on to one of the thin-crust pizzas (from $6) topped with housemade pancetta or sausage. Afterward, you can stop in at sister establishments Bier Markt or Nano Brew, both of which offer more than 100 brews and stay open until 2 a.m.

Beg for a seat in front of Taishi Noma’s station at Ginko to be wowed by extra-large cuts of exotic sushi ($3–$9 per piece). Chef Noma relocated from Kyoto to Cleveland to run the sushi program here, and thanks to his special relationships with individual fishermen, almost all of what he serves is flown in from Japan. One specialty to look out for is kai me dai, a pink-skinned fish with a hint of sweetness and a buttery texture.

Book in advance for the much-lauded farm-to-table cuisine at the Greenhouse Tavern, which remains a hot destination three years after Bon Appetit named it one of the ten best new restaurants in the country. The $44 four-course tasting menu is a nice way to experience the menu (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo options available), but stick to à la carte if duck Zampone ($37) is available—the Franken-bird creation calls for the meat to be removed and mixed with a small amount of pork before being re-stuffed.

Published on Jul 26, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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