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Issue Date: April 2010


Ohio City

The West Side Market and Great Lakes Brewing Co. alone make it a must-visit neighborhood. But West 25th and Lorain is just a starting point for cool hangouts.
Emily Garvey, map by Sarah Cucciarre

1 Phnom Penh Restaurant : Step away from the Chinese takeout menu, and try a traditional Cambodian dish that’s a real (yummy) mouthful: chha kreoung ma rass prowt. 1929 West 25th St., 216-357-2951, ohiorestaurant.com

2 Horizontal Books : This shop stocks all the best-sellers you meant to read six months ago, at up to 70 percent off. 1921 W. 25th St., 216-298-4411, horizontalbooks.com

3 Nate’s Deli & Restaurant : Middle Eastern food is the specialty, so order the popular fattoosh salad and shish tawook wrap. 1923 W. 25th St., 216-696-7529

4 Lelolai Bakery & Café : “Le lo lai” is sung by Puerto Ricans to show happiness. You might break into song after ordering the Cuban sandwich and homemade flan. 1889 W. 25th St., 216-771-9956, lelolaibakery.com

5 Something Different Gallery : A shop claiming the world’s most unusual art and gifts is worth a visit. 1899 W. 25th St., 216-696-5226, somethingdifferentgallery.com

6 Dragonfly Lounge : The Garage Bar owners have gritty patrons looking for a little class covered. Next to their biker-friendly bar, you’ll find this stylish cocktail lounge. 1859 W. 25th St., 216-696-7772, dragonflycleveland.com

7 Elegansia : Mix vintage styles and new designs sold at this small clothing reseller for a one-of-a-kind look. 1873 W. 25th St., 216-861-2553, elegansia.com

8 The Glass Bubble Project : Get custom blown-glass pieces, observe artists, or become part of the process. 2421 Bridge Ave., 216-696-7043, glassbubbleproject.com

9 Zen Metro Spa : Treat yourself to a massage, pedicure or new hairstyle at this trendy spa. 1870 W. 25th St., 216-939-1760, zenmetrospa.com

10 Old Angle Tavern : For those nights when you can’t decide between classic and contemporary, enjoy the flat-screen TVs amid the stone, castlelike walls. 1848 W. 25th St., 216-861-5643, oldangletavern.com

11 Ohio City Burrito : Forget complex ordering — Ohio City Burrito gives you a straightforward burrito, taco or nachos. 1844 W. 25th St., 216-664-0908, ohiocityburrito.com

12 Farkas Pastry Shoppe : We think it’s OK to try all the traditional handmade European pastries — as a cultural immersion experience, of course. 2700 Lorain Ave., 216-281-6200, farkaspastries.com

13 Unique Thrift Store : For an even thriftier experience, everything is half-price on Mondays. 3333 Lorain Ave., 216-631-0205, uniquethriftstore.com

14 Le Petit Triangle Café : Transport yourself to Paris: stop by in the morning for an espresso and croissant, or relax in the evening with a crepe and a glass of wine. 1881 Fulton Road, 216-281-1881, lepetittrianglecafe.com


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