Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon
I am a simple man. I farm my land. I fish my waters. I eat large burritos. (actually, the farming and fishing things aren't true, but I do eat large burritos.) And what great burritos they have at Chili Peppers. This is a consistently great little spot on E. 185th street. I have not had a bad item on their menu. The taco salads are huge and the chips are always fresh. In fact, they have some of the tastiest salsas I have had anywhere. So much of their food is made fresh and in house. It definitely shows, since they are packed at lunch time. Serious foodies need to check it out. It's one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Cleveland area. Cheap, fast and friendly.
 
 
Velvet Tango Room on Urbanspoon
Located just outside the hustle and bustle of the West Side Market and bar scene near Ohio City is the Velvet Tango Room. It's not new and it's not a secret...it just does it own thing. And what a great thing they do. Hand crafted cocktails that are 100% speakeasy. People often complain that they are expensive ($16 each), they have to wait for drinks (individually hand crafted), there's a dress code (god forbid you have to care about your appearance!) and rules (they'll politely tell you to shut up if you get too rowdy). But in the age of People of WalMart and Applebee's 2 dinners for $10 crap-tactulars, I think we need a place that actually has some rules and regulations.

That said, they make a mean drink. Old favorites like the Moscow mule, the dark and stormy, the old-fashioned and negroni's all make an appearance. There's a food menu there too, but I've never tried anything off of it. If you are in the area, I suggest trying it...it'll definitely surprise you.
 
 
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