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Airports:
-CLE is about 15 minutes from downtown and 25-30 minutes from the Jewish community.  It's a focus city for Frontier, Spirit, and United.
-The RTA (Rapid transit train) at Brookpark station has free parking and is just 1 train stop (3 minutes) to the stop inside the airport. The train costs $2.50 and the schedule is here: http://www.riderta.com/routes/redline/schedules/current#WestboundWeekday
An uber from Brookpark station to CLE is about $10.
-Uber between the Jewish community and CLE is about $30.
-CLE off-site parking is about $9/day, on-site parking is $13-$18/day, and curbside valet parking is $25/day.

-CAK is 40-45 minutes from the Jewish community and located nearby the NFL Hall of Fame.
-Uber between the Jewish community and CAK is about $45.
-CAK parking is $7/day for long-term and $15-$18/day for short-term.

-PIT is 90-105 minutes from the Jewish community. It offers nonstop service to Iceland on WOW, seasonal nonstop service to Paris on Delta, and seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt on Condor.

Hotels:
-There is a new Hyatt Place in Legacy Village within walking distance of the Jewish community, though it's located just outside of the Eruv. It costs only 5K points/night.
-There is an SPG (Aloft) in Beachwood, but it's 3.5 miles to the jewish community.
-There is a Sheraton on the west side by the airport (30 minutes drive), a Westin downtown, and an Aloft in the flats.
-There is a highly regarded Sheraton Suites by Cuyahoga Falls/Akron.
-There is a nice Hyatt Regency downtown (25 minutes drive) in a unique vintage arcade building and an excellent spa that gives hotel guests 25% off and accepts SpaFinder certs from Costco that can be purchased for an additional 20% off.
-There is a Hyatt Place in Independence located between the airport and Jewish community with a free airport shuttle.

Transportation:
-There is a subway/light rail connecting the airport with downtown, University Circle (where the Case campus and many museums are) and the Jewish community area, but renting a car is pretty much required.

Minyan times and locations:
https://www.localjewishnews.com/minyanim/

CLE Metro Activities:
Download Aaron's (fantastic) Guide to Cleveland by clicking here

Museums:
-Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Downtown)
-Great Lakes Science Center (Downtown)
-NFL Hall of Fame (Canton)
-National Inventors Hall of Fame. (Akron)
-Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the best in the nation and it's free (University Circle)
-Children's Museum  (University Circle)
-Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (University Circle)
-Auto-Aviation museum has lots of vintage cars and more (University Circle)
-Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Beachwood)
-Polka Hall of Fame (Downtown)

Amusement parks/Thrill rides/Game Rooms:
-Cedar Point has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for 16 consecutive years. It has the best and several of the top 10 coasters in the world. (Sandusky, open May-October)
-IX Indoor Amusement Park (Open March/April)
-Chalet Tobogganing (November-March) on the west side.
-Fun-n-stuff (Arcades, later tag, mini golf, rock climbing, roller skating, mini go karts for the little ones, regular go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, etc.)
-Whirly ball is a spin-off of Basketball played on bumper cars.
-Dave & Busters is on the west side near Crocker Park.
-African Safari Wildlife Park Sandusky
-Kalahari Indoor Waterpark and Soak City outdoor waterpark in Sandusky.
-Memphis Kiddie Park (Amusement park for kids)
-Jumpyard for kids
-Playground World for kids
-Swings & Things
-Make Believe (Parma)
-Adrenaline Monkey
-Play Cle

Beaches/Water Activities:
-North Coast Harbor Marina has Jet skis for 100/hr and 60/half hr. Paddle boats, kayaks, and paddle boards are $25/hour or $15/half hr (Downtown).
-Edgewater beach park
-Mentor Headlands beach park
-Geneva on the lake.
-Jet Pack Water Adventures in Sandusky

Sports:
-The Indians, Cavs, and Browns provide major league sports entertainment in downtown Cleveland along with the minor league hockey Lake Erie Monsters.  Browns games are great with some of the best/craziest fans in the NFL and the Indians have a glatt kosher hot dog stand.
-There are minor league Indians teams in Akron and in Eastlake on the east side of Cleveland.

Other activities:
-Segway tour of Downtown CLE
-Zoo and Rainforest (Free for CLE residents on Mondays)
-Aquarium (Downtown)
-Horseshoe Casino, Smoke-free! (Downtown)
-Cleveland Orchestra, one of the "Big Five" American orchestras (University Circle)
-Playhouse Square, second largest theater complex in the United States with Broadway shows at a fraction of the cost on Broadway.
-East 4th downtown pedestrian street district (bars/comedy shows/bowling/casino).
-Lake Erie Islands/Put-in-Bay.
-Big Fun novelty toy store (Cleveland Heights)
-Chagrin Falls is a quaint village on the east side to walk around and you to can be chagrined by the falls.
-Outdoor Ice Skating. (University Circle)
-Amish country.
-Horseback Riding

Shopping:
-Legacy Village is an outdoor mall in the Jewish community.
-Pinecrest is a new outdoor mall and is a great place to walk around. Big Fun has lots of kosher candy and popcorn. Graeter's has Star-K parve sorbet and Star-D ice cream. Pinstripes has bocce and bowling and games are just $1 for the last hour of each day.
-Beachwood Place is an indoor mall in the Jewish community.
-Eton is a high-end strip-mall near the Jewish community.
-Crocker Park is an excellent outdoor mall on the west-side of town.
-West Side Market is a world-renown indoor food and produce market in Ohio City west of downtown (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

Hiking/Nature:
-Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Train rides.
-The "Emerald Necklace" is a chain of green Metroparks with great hiking that surrounds Cleveland.  October should be perfect to view the fall foliage.
-Acacia reservation is in the jewish community.
-Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
-Squaw Rock in South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Nearby Cities:
-Erie/Presque Isle Beach (1.5 hours)
-Pittsburgh (2 hours)
-Columbus (2 hours)
-Detroit (2.5 hours)
-Niagara Falls (3 hours)
-Toronto (4.5 hours)
-Chicago (6 hours)
-Baltimore (6 hours)
-NYC (7 hours)
-Lakewood (8 hours)

Microbreweries:

-Bottlehouse microbrewery (You can bring your own food!)  (Cleveland Heights, 4.5/5 DD stars)

-Great Lakes Brewpub and Brewery in Ohio City (Don't miss the mob-era bullet holes, tours available, 4.5/5 DD stars)

-Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City

Kosher Eateries:

Delivery is available on:
UberEats: Bar Sushi, Jade
Doordash: Arova, FishStix, Grand Coffee, Isis, Kantina

1. Arova (South Euclid)
Shwarma, Falafel, shnitzel, in homemade Laffas.

2. Bagel Shoppe (South Euclid)
Don't miss the excellent Jalapano bagels and ask them to add garlic crunch inside. Shabbos takeout (dips/kugels) is available here.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBagelShoppe/about

3. Bar Sushi(Beachwood)
New sushi store with small eat-in area. You can bring sushi next door and eat in at Bar None where they serve kosher wines and beers.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/barsushicleveland/about/

4. FishStix (Beachwood) has excellent fish and chips. Shabbos takeout (dips/kugels) is available here.
https://www.fishstixonline.com/

5. Jade(South Euclid)
Delicious chinese food: Fried won-tons, hot and sour soup, spicy mala chicken, sesame chicken. Shabbos takeout can be ordered from here in advance.

6. Kantina (Cleveland uptown/University Circle): Burger, Kantina Burger, Shnitzel, Shnitzel fried steak , Cookie Dough Shake, Buffalo chicken, Felafel, and Fries are all very inexpensive.
https://www.kantinakatering.com/new-page
https://www.doordash.com/store/kantina-cleveland-202802/

7. Kinneret Pizza (Cleveland Heights)
Very good plain pizza, order with extra sauce and well done. Avoid the toppings. 
Excellent garlic knots. Very good homemade onion rings and cauliflower.  Sushi is very good when fresh. Good spicy fries and decent Eggplant Parmesan.  Delicious soft serve Ice Cream with 8 flavor choices.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kinneret-Kosher-Pizza-Restaurant/100882353290369

8. Issi's Pizza (South Euclid)
The pizza is made in a conveyor belt oven. You'll either like it or hate it.  Try the felafel pizza with extra sauce and request it made well done.
http://issisplace.com/
https://www.doordash.com/store/issi-s-place-south-euclid-304154/

9. Sababa (South Euclid)
Decent Sushi, Japanese, and Israeli food.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Sababa-Cuisine-655818931222332/about

10. Subway (Beachwood)
Typical Subway with parve cheese available.
http://www.mandeljcc.org/kosher-subway/mandel/

11. The glatt kosher hot dog stand at Progressive Field (Downtown Cleveland, 4/5 stars) near section 149 is open during Indians games and is under Cleveland Kosher. 2018 price is $8 per hot dog. Be sure to ask for packets of Bertman mustard.
Bring your own water bottles to avoid paying $5 for water!
https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/what_does_kosher_mean_at_the_b.html


-JSL Catering has occasional restaurant nights and has shabbos takeout available with advance ordering.
https://jslcatering.com/

-Ungers Bakery & Kosher Market (Cleveland Heights, Donuts: 5/5 DD stars, other bakery goods: 2/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm, but often may let you in later as they have bakers there all night long.
My favorites are the custard and cinnamon donuts. Others love the Miami and glaze donuts.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ungers-Kosher-Bakery-Food-Shop/115920261762129

-Chocolate Emporium (South Euclid) has chocolates made on-site as well as other gifts.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ChocolateEmporiumCLE/about

-Grand Coffee (Cleveland Heights) sells C"Y coffee, ice cream, and milk shakes in a Judaica store.

-Tibor's (Beachwood) has a deli with lots of prepared food and good spicy homemade salami and beef jerky.  They also carry bakery goods from Ungers. Shabbos takeout is available here.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tibors-Kosher-Meats/126208197434026

-Boris' (University Heights) is yet another butcher/deli with kosher grocery items that also carries Pride of the Farm Ice Cream.
http://www.boriskosher.com/

-Heinen's (University Heights) has a great kosher grocery section with packaged prepared meals. Shabbos takeout is available here.

-Costco (Mayfield Heights) has a large kosher section.

-Mitchell's Ice Cream (Beachwood and Ohio City, Considered some of the finest ice cream in the world. Cholov Stam under Quality Kosher, which is not a universally accepted hashgocha, so AYLOR).

-Graeter's Ice Cream (Pinecrest, Parve and Cholov Stam. Ice creams are under the Star-K, but the actual store is not.).
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: August 04, 2011, 08:43:41 PM »
Thanx Dan,

So our plan right now is to leave NY late Sat night and arrive in Ctown in morning hit rock hall then indians game and grab an affordable kosher hot dog and then hit that waterpark in lake g.  If we get tired and wanna skip rock hall what do you think about just chilling in a park not far from stadium - is there any nice public places or waterside places to just chill for a few hours with a blanket?

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: August 04, 2011, 09:29:06 PM »
Thanx Dan,

So our plan right now is to leave NY late Sat night and arrive in Ctown in morning hit rock hall then indians game and grab an affordable kosher hot dog and then hit that waterpark in lake g.  If we get tired and wanna skip rock hall what do you think about just chilling in a park not far from stadium - is there any nice public places or waterside places to just chill for a few hours with a blanket?
Rock hall, baseball game, and waterpark all on the same day? 
Edgewater Park is about 3 miles from the Jake/Prog and has a nice beach and park.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: August 06, 2011, 10:42:01 PM »
The Ice cream and doughnut places are all open.  Plus there are a couple chalav stam yogurt places (Yogurt Vi and Menchies) that have opened as well to much acclaim.  Never had the Amy Joy donuts, but Ungers Cinnamon and Custard donuts are both very good.

I'm actually in Cleveland right now, and came across this post by doing a search on the entire forum for the word "Menchies". Can you (or anyone else here) offer any more details about their kashrus status? I.e. Are they a kosher establishment, or a non-kosher establishment that sells prepackaged kosher items, or what? Is there any chalav yisroel to speak of?

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« Reply #123 on: August 07, 2011, 01:13:33 AM »
I'm actually in Cleveland right now, and came across this post by doing a search on the entire forum for the word "Menchies". Can you (or anyone else here) offer any more details about their kashrus status? I.e. Are they a kosher establishment, or a non-kosher establishment that sells prepackaged kosher items, or what? Is there any chalav yisroel to speak of?
From what I understand it is not a kosher establishment but all of their products are made under kosher chalav stam supervision.
I've never walked into the place so I would highly recommend asking your LOR or Cleveland Kosher for more info.
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« Reply #124 on: August 08, 2011, 05:08:36 PM »
Any one have any luck at indians games buying cheap tix and moving down? Also if I buy cheap seats can I still get to kosher hotdog stand - where is that located

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« Reply #125 on: August 08, 2011, 05:15:20 PM »
Any one have any luck at indians games buying cheap tix and moving down? Also if I buy cheap seats can I still get to kosher hotdog stand - where is that located
It's hard to move into the lower bowl until later in the game.  You can buy $8 upper box seats though behind home plate which are the top 6 rows and move down to a much closer row though easily.

The hot dog stand is in the lower bowl next to Subway and is accessible by anyone.
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« Reply #126 on: August 09, 2011, 07:36:17 PM »
Thanx Dan for everything ctown related and in general

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: August 10, 2011, 11:49:58 AM »
-Shimon's Deli (CH) also carries some prepared foods and closes at 6pm.

Where in CH is this? Is it the same Shimon as Shimon's Fish and Poultry?

Is it a good place to go? What is the food like? How about the service?

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« Reply #128 on: August 10, 2011, 01:31:22 PM »
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« Reply #129 on: August 29, 2011, 09:34:43 PM »

St. Louis....sounds intriguing...I'll look into it. With regard to Cleveland, I'll admit I haven't done all there is to do certainly in regard to the food department...hey, if two relaxing days can be had there - suggest some options and I'll be there!

Thanks!

PS If you're desperate, I can bring you some Salmon Pasta w/ Fries from Fish Grill while I'm at. :)
Hmm...might go for some Avocado egg rolls from LG as well in that case :D

Cleveland food highlights:
-Steak Au Poivre from Contempo Cuisine ($34) along with their Soup du jour ($5)
-The Bagel Shoope makes top-notch bagels (.95 or 12/$10).  Garlic and Jalapeno are both excellent.  Cookies (.95) are also good.  Eli is quite the fan so bring some his way. :)
-Sweet & Sour Chicken or Sesame Chicken ($14) with Fried Rice ($1) from Jerusalem Grill.
-An excellent pie of plain Pizza can be had at Kinneret ($16.50) along with authentic Sushi ($6-$8) on select nights of the week.  Spicy Fries ($1.95), homemade onion rings ($2.75), fried cauliflower ($3.25) and the eggplant parm ($6.50) are good choices as well.
-Top It Off specializes in pizza ($14) with a great variety of toppings ($1 each or 3 for $2.50).  Did you know corn, felafel, and onions go together pretty well on a pie of pizza?  They also specialize in incompetence at times so check your bill and your order before you leave.  Take out only.
-Beef or Turkey Shwarma in a laffa from Sababa ($9) along with some Tropical Sushi ($6.50, Mango, Kiwi, Avocado) if you're feeling like Israel, Japan, and Hawaii.  Decent homemade onion rings ($5) too.
-If Chef Dave at Young Israel is doing one of his buffet meals (1-2 times per month) then you're in for a real treat.
-Issi's Pizza can be good at rare times but is usually nothing to write home about.
-Subway is subway.  Meatball Marinara on Italian Herb with Mozzerella parve cheese (I was scared at first too, but it's good!) and sweet onion sauce is my usual but I'll go for Pepper Steak if they're out.  On select days it's $5.99 for a 6" meal deal, on others it's $8 for a 12" meal deal, on others $8.50 for just the 12" sub and $2 extra for the soda+2 cookies meal deal.
-There's a kosher hot dog/sausage stand at Indians games ($5)
-Chocolate Emporium has CY and non-CY chocolates and Ice Cream.  AFAIK, Cold Stone Creamery, Menchies Yogurt, and Yogurt Vi are kosher, non CY.
-Ungers bakery has great parve donuts.  Cinnamon (.95) and Custard ($1.35) are great.  Amy Joy has non-CY donuts.
-Abba's, Empire, Ruchama's, and Yacov's are all long gone unfortunately.

I'll make a post on some stuff to do soon, but when is this trip for?
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« Reply #130 on: August 30, 2011, 01:06:00 AM »
Wow, I'm sold! I'm looking at October 23-26 after Succos...thanks so much for the info!

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: August 30, 2011, 01:43:39 AM »
No prob!
As for things to do, tripadvisor has a list of 70 items here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g50207-Activities-Cleveland_Ohio.html

Everything in Cleveland is divided by the Cuyahoga River, so if you see something being described as being on the East Side or West Side, it's referring to the River (yes, that did catch on fire in the 60s) that cuts through downtown.  It's illegal for East siders to go to the west side except to go to the airport, or at least it seems that's the case as east siders seem to stay east and the west siders stay west unless they venture to Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack in Beachwood Place/Legacy Village.

Everything jewish/kosher is on the east side and the furthest 2 kosher restaurants from each other would be Kinneret and Subway in the JCC, about a 4 mile/12 minute drive.  Everything else is in between those 2 places.

-Cedar Point in Sandusky is on the way from Chicago and is an hour west of Cleveland, home to the most roller coasters in the world.  3 of the coasters usually place in the top 10 in the world.  There's also a massive indoor waterpark, an outdoor waterpark, an animal safari, and ferrys to the Lake Erie islands/put-in-bay in Sandusky.
-The "Emerald Necklace" is a chain of green Metroparks with great hiking that surrounds Cleveland.  October should be perfect to view the fall foliage.  If this is your thing also don't miss the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
-Chagrin Falls is a quaint village on the east side to walk around and you to can be chagrined by the falls.
-The Football HOF is in Canton, about an hour south of Cleveland.
-The Rock and Roll HOF is in downtown Cleveland on the lake next to the Great Lakes Science Center and Omnimax.
-The Indians, Cavs, and Browns provide major league sports entertainment in downtown Cleveland along with the minor league hockey Lake Erie Monsters.  Browns games are great with some of the best/craziest fans in the NFL.
-The Great Lakes Brewing Company has a great brewpub in Ohio City on the west side of downtown with tons of history (bullet holes still in the walls from Elliot Ness, who brought down Al Capone among other mobsters).  There are also tours and tastings of their great beers.  Right nearby is the famous West Side Market where on certain days of the week local farmers sell their great produce at low prices.
-October is too late for summer activities, but for now beaches like Edgewater Park in downtown, and Mentor Headlands Beach State Park are great.
-Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is good for kids.
-Lots of quality museums (Art, Childrens, Natural History, Science, Auto-Aviation if vintage cars are your thing, etc) and even the Maltz museum of jewish heritage.
-Great shopping malls include the outdoor Crocker Park on the west side and the outdoor Legacy Village and indoor Beachwood Place on the east side.

There are no hotels within walking distance of the jewish community.  The only SPG is the Sheraton on the west side by the airport (30 minutes drive) although they are building an aloft in the downtown flats area nearby the casino being built right now.  There is also a  highly regarded Sheraton Suites by Cuyahoga Falls.
-There is a nice Hyatt Regency downtown (25 minutes drive) in a unique vintage arcade building and a Hyatt Place about 20 minutes away.

There is a subway/light rail connecting the airport with downtown, University Circle where the Case campus and many museums are, and the jewish community area, but renting a car is pretty much required.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: August 30, 2011, 02:02:07 AM »
Where in CH is this? Is it the same Shimon as Shimon's Fish and Poultry?

Is it a good place to go? What is the food like? How about the service?
The food is good, but it's take-out only.  It's also the only place in town to get yummy pride of the farm ice cream ($8/64 oz.) instead of the klein's mediocrity ($9.69/56 oz.) that ungers peddles.
-Tibor's also has an extensive and highly regarded take-out selection and they sell some locally made gourmet baked goods and popcorn.  You can also pick up a pack of Jerusalem's Grill very good Pita (Forgot to write about that earlier!) at Tibor's.
-Boris' and Unger's also have take-out delis that I haven't tried.
You can pick up shabbos food at any of those places or order from Chef Dave's at Young Israel, from Green road catering, or from Contempo.  You can also pick up prepared food from Contempo at Heinen's Grocery.
-Skip right on by Lax & Mandel bakery.  Nothing worthwhile there although if you are desperate the stuff that Heinen's resells from Lax & Mandel seems to be fresher than directly from them.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: August 30, 2011, 03:41:02 AM »
The parks in Cleveland are very nice. I took this video on my cell phone next to one of the park's parking lots
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: August 30, 2011, 03:43:37 AM »
The parks in Cleveland are very nice I took this video one my cell phone in next to one of the park's parking lots
Lol, not a park I would visit.  Which one is it?
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