Food and Restaurants Editor, Plain Dealer
Cleveland food, wine, beer news and restaurant reviews from The Plain Dealer's Joe Crea.
cleveland.com — After more than two decades, an endless stream of loyal customers and a procession of celebrities and powerbrokers, John Q's Steakhouse will serve it's last meals on Saturday, June 15. "This is a really bittersweet day for me," says owner Rick Cassara, who claims to have served over one million customers during the sports-themed restaurant's nearly 22-year run.
cleveland.com — Apparently, creating a special hamburger to honor Charles Ramsey was just the beginning. Now, the hero in the rescue of four kidnap victims held captive on Cleveland's West Side for roughly 10 years will enjoy free burgers for life.
cleveland.com — CLEVELAND, ohio -- After being hit by an RTA bus this morning, Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer sent out an Instagram and later offered his thoughts about road safety on his Facebook page. Sawyer, owner of the Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat restaurants and other eateries, was riding his bicycle to work when the bus hit him, he said on Instagram.
cleveland.com — Grilling books abound, but these six new books will arm you with a lot more to do with your 'cue. . . . The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue Daniel Vaughn HarperCollins/Ecco, 372 pp., $29.99 Barbecue sophisticates (if that's not too much of an oxymoron) fiercely delineate regional barbecue styles.
cleveland.com — If you get down to cookout basics, all you really need is some space to work, a good source of flames, a few tools to maneuver the food, and either know-how or good recipes (or both). Of course, who doesn't like a few toys to make things more fun?
cleveland.com — "MasterChef," the Fox Network culinary competition starring chef Gordon Ramsay , returns for a fourth season during a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. today - and viewers will watch some Clevelanders make their way through the challenge.
cleveland.com — Two restaurant (re)openings this week should draw diners to a pair of east side restaurants that are coming to life. The Katz Club Diner, latest venture for restaurateur Doug Katz (Fire, Provenance) opened Tuesday in Cleveland Heights.
cleveland.com — Restaurateur Jonathon Sawyer gets a nice thumbs-up in the June issue of Travel & Leisure magazine.
cleveland.com — Props to Rosewood Grill in Hudson, which earned a well-deserved nod in the June issue of Bon Appetit magazine. Bon App's monthly feature "R.S.V.P," which highlights recipes requested by its readers, published a note from Rachel Porter of Stow. "The veggie burger is made with black beans and 'other secret stuff,' Porter write, "Tell all!"
Hodges honors Charles Ramsey with a burger, Angelo's Pizza in Lakewood pledges donation: Restaurant Rowcleveland.com — Sales of the tee-shirt emblazoned with an image of Charles Ramsey -- the hero who helped rescue kidnap victim Amanda Berry, leading to the rescue of her daughter, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight -- have thusfar raised $17,500, reports Chris Hodgson, chef and co-owner of Hodges restaurant in downtown Cleveland.
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