CLEVELAND, Ohio — As Yelp Cleveland’s Community Director, Lauren Kotmel is at the helm of a vibrant, buzzing community of locals who drink, shop, and play their way through the city via peer recommendations on Yelp. Fall is here and Lauren gave us the scoop on the food and drink trends taking over Cleveland. Embrace the season with these local favorites from small businesses in the Greater Cleveland area.
Burrata is a soft Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. This decadent cheese is a soft shell wrapped around a creamy and buttery center. When cut open, the creamy interior is revealed with a smooth taste. Don’t miss out on the truffled burrata pizza from Flour Italian Kitchen, burrata plate from In Forno Pizza or burrata salad from Il Venetian.
Vegetable and fruit skewers
Skewers are not just for meat! A family-friendly and healthy snack, try your next skewer loaded with fruits or vegetables. For brunch, Yelp Elites love the grilled fruit skewers with vanilla-honey Greek yogurt from Pioneer. For dinner, nibble on the eggplant or shishito pepper skewer from Bar Oni Izakaya.
Banana bread is bringing the fall vibes around Cleveland with its sweet flavor and spiced undertones. This rich treat can accommodate any dietary restriction to round out a perfect brunch. The gluten-free banana bread at Juneberry Table is sure to be a popular brunch starter, while the vegan banana bread from Floressa is an instant palette pleaser.
Herbal iced tea
As we transition seasons, herbs like sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, and more are having a moment for fall. You’ll want to sip on the rosella tea from Edda Coffee Roasters made with hibiscus, lemongrass, and licorice root or the refreshing sage and lavender iced herbal tea from Lulo Kitchen.
Aburi sushi is quickly broiled with a blow torch, resulting in a unique taste perfect for fall. Aburi translates to “flame-seared” and comes in limitless opportunities for inventive dishes. At Sora, the mizumi sushi is served topped with torched salmon and gold flakes. At SASA, the torched island sushi features torched spicy toro and unagi sauce.
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