City Guide: Food/Beer/Fun

This page will serve as my “Best Of” for each city I travel to.

My Guide to Cleveland

Best Craft Beer Bars
1. Lizardville–Amazing Bottle selection plus 8 taps that are always something special.
2. Buckeye Beer Engine–30 taps plus an extensive bottle list.
3. Melt Bar and Grilled–Besides amazing grilled cheese you’ll always find some great beers on tap here.
4. Tremont Tap House–One of the largest tap selections in Cleveland.
5. Any Winking Lizard–100+ beers on the bottle list plus 10-12 monthly rotating handles.
6. Ballantine–29 craft brews on draft.
Best Food
Best Brewpubs–Food and Beer
1. Fat Head’s–The Head Hunter IPA is my favorite beer.
2. Willoughby Brewing–Peanut Butter Coffee Porter and Hopnotic are 2 must haves!

3. Great Lakes Brewpub–Always fun to see what the pub exclusives are here.

My Guide to Columbus, Ohio

Best Craft Beer Bars/Brewpubs
1. Bodega–50 taps and a great bottle list.
2. Yellow Brick Pizza–16 taps, always have a cheap craft beer bottle special.
3. Barley’s–House beer on tap along with more guest taps than the Smokehouse.
4. The Pint Room (Dublin, Ohio)–100 brews on tap, enough said!
5. House Beer–8 Taps and a large bottle selection that you can drink in house or take home.

Best Food
1. Yellow Brick Pizza–Simply Excellent Pizza
2. Elevator Brewing–Upscale food for a brewpub


My Guide to Chicago

I went to Chicago for 4 days, here is my recap of my each days Food, Beer and Fun!
  • Monday–Featuring 3Floyds Brewing Company and Piece Brewing and Pizzeria
  • Tuesday–Featuring Oak Street Beach Food + Drink, Revolution Brewing, The Map Room and Bangers and Lace
  • Wednesday–featuring Giordanos Pizza, Architectural Boat Tour, Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub and Wrigley Field
  • Thursday— featuring Shedd Aquarium, Half Acre Brewing, Fountainhead Restaurant and Binny’s!

Good Craft Beer Bars
1. Bangers and Lace–32 Craft Beers on tap plus an above average bottle list
2. Map Room–25 Craft Beers on tap and an extensive bottle list
3. FountainHead–24 Craft Beers on tap plus an extensive bottle list
4. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria–Good House beer and guest taps
5. Revolution Brewpub–Good House beer

Good Food
1. FountainHead–Excellent Food, more upscale menu with local fresh ingredients
2. Revolution Brewpub–Above average food and menu choices, especially for a brewpub
3  Piece Brewery and Pizzeria–Wonderful New Haven Style Pizza

FUN
1. Visit Shedd Aquairum–Its worth the price of admission
2. Walk the Magnificant Mile–A fun way to see the city and if you want to shop there are plenty of stores.
3. Take a Architecture Boat Tour–Probably the most fun thing we did.  Very informative and fun at the same time.  Best way to see the city in my opinion.
4. Visit Navy Pier–Just a fun place, especially if you have children.

Where I hope to try next time I’m in Chicago
Hopleaf
Schubas Tavern
Big Star
Local Option
Haymarket Brewing

(These opinions are 100% my own, and only reflect on places I have been to.  Places I hope to try are based on recommendations from people I met while traveling.)