Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Don's Lighthouse Celebrates 35 Years

IN THE NEWS: The Plain Dealer's Bill Lubinger notes the 35th anniversary celebration during September for Don's Lighthouse, a landmark on Cleveland's near West Side (8905 Lake Ave., 216-961-6700), and also reports: the end of September opening for owner Ilona Simon's Budapest Blonde, a European-style martini and wine bar in Independence on the site of the closed Halite restaurant in Ohio City. ... the post-fire reopening of the Rustic Restaurant in Rocky River is delayed until late this month. ... Taste of Cleveland winners: Best Restaurant - Bubba's Q World Famous Bar-B-Q & Catering of Avon (first), Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill of South Euclid (runner-up); best entree - jambalaya from Real New Orleans of Toledo (first), barbecue ribs by Bubba's Q (runner-up) ... Fahrenheit partners Rocco Whalen and John Owen have opened the Wine Bar in Rocky River. ... The new Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria on East Fourth Street downtown boasts 99 tequilas, 26 margaritas and a menu of Mexican beers. ... David Farkas reviews Velocity American Bistro (10427 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland). cleveland.com ... The Free Times' Douglas Trattner reviews Sara's Place (1501 Chagrin River Rd., Gates Mills, Ohio, 440.423.1000). ... The paper visits the new Mexican eatery Zocalo (2017 E. 4th St., 216.781.0420) and notes the closings of Shanti's Kitchen, located in a tiny shop in Garfield Heights, and Strickland's Frozen Custard, the custard shop on the second level of the Coventry Mall. Also noted is the opening of Tea House Noodles second cafe in Little Italy (2218 Murray Hill Rd., 216.229.8599). freetimes.com ... The Scene's Elaine Cicora reviews Henry's at the Barn (36840 Detroit Road, in Olde Avon Village, Avon, 440-934-6636). clevescene.com ... Zagat Buzz reports that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a series of food festivals and special dinners in 20 cities nationwide. The events kick off on September 18th in New York with a lavish menu inspired by Beard at Four Seasons. The celebrations continue the next week with elaborate dinners cooked by first-rate toques in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Short Hills, NJ and Washington, DC. All of the events are unique, with different chef lineups and dining formats ranging from gala dinners to walk-around tastings, so check the individual city pages for details. Though prices for the dinners vary, all of them will be followed up on September 29th with special events at local Williams-Sonoma stores where chefs will be offering cooking demos, book signings, specialty food tastings and kids' educational activities free of charge. For more information about the event, log on to www.jbftasteamerica.com. zagat.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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