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Issue Date: July 2009


Quick Bite: Flying Cranes


Beth Stallings
Walking into Flying Cranes is like arriving for afternoon tea in your grandmother’s sunroom, right down to the wicker benches, flowery teacups and lemon cookies (three for $1). Only this grandma has a bit of an Asian obsession — mixed among country cottage prints are Japanese scrolls, and the menu features Asian foods spiced with curry alongside classic American tastes such as egg salad.

This order-at-the-counter joint features an extensive menu with everything from cold salads and sandwiches to steaming rice bowls (Donburi bowls, $9.50), coffee and fruit smoothies. It’s a great place to grab a sandwich and soup, especially the house specialties — Naomi’s ultimate grilled cheese ($7) with mozzarella, ham, pesto, lettuce, tomato and cucumber with a cup of miso soup ($2.50 when you buy coffee), which is perfectly salty and tangy and garnished with chives.

The Japanese curry ($8.50) with white rice and salad is sweeter than you’d expect from the usually spicy dish. And the spinach quiche ($7.50) is a great choice for spinach lovers, but it was heavy on the veggies and light on seasoning.

You’ll also want to grab a spot on the backyard patio that boasts the same mismatched charm as inside: furniture around a stone path, climbing vines and tall, blooming flowers.

13002 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, (216) 791-7952


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