Eat Out: Chinato

Courtney and I went out this past Friday night leading into the long holiday weekend.  After work we went to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cleveland Art Museum and then out to dinner at Chinato on East 4th.

This is our third visit to Chinato and it continues to be a favorite.  We sat in the bar for awhile before we went in for dinner watching the snow storm outside.  I had a Crown Royal Manhattan with some lovely liquor soaked cherries and Courtney had a Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

We split a tuna crudo – little pieces of raw tuna with a little bit of pesto, a little bit of Parmesan and they were fresh and delicious.  We split a mushroom salad which was shaved raw mushrooms in a vinaigrette with lots of lemon and good parmesan.  Very different and very tasty. We also split an order of fried artichokes.

Courtney had some sort of fish that I forget what it was called – sort of like monkfish that was served with a parsnip polenta and I had salmon served with white beans and braised escarole.  Excellent dinner as always.

detail of gingerbread house at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
they did a nice job this year. lots of nice flowers
we ventured outside for just a bit as it was a blizzard



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