My two favorite Columbus foodies were in Cleveland over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They asked me to pick a place for our double date, so I narrowed it down to a list of three Tremont hot spots. Lucky for me, Erin and Brian picked one of my favorites: Fahrenheit.
From their opentable.com profile: Located in Cleveland’s funkiest neighborhood – Tremont, Fahrenheit’s comfortably sexy environment has become the hangout for the dressed-in-black crowd, downtown suits & ties & anyone with a sense of adventure. But Gourmet didn’t name Fahrenheit to its list of Great American neighborhood restaurants because it makes you feel so damn good being there. No, Rising Star Chef, Rocco Whalen, Wolfgang Puck protégé, will blow you away with his approachable, affordable & cutting edge Cooking style. Taste Rocco’s contemporary cuisine with its Mediterranean & Asian accents & you’ll know why Esquire declared him a “chef to keep your eye on”.
As I made our reservation, I realized I hadn’t been to the restaurant since our May CLE blogger get together. As I used to frequently enjoy their rockin’ happy hour in the bar with some former coworkers, that spring evening was my first “formal” dining experience at Fahrenheit. While I enjoyed eating al fresco, I was excited to be inside to get the full vibe of the restaurant’s main dining room atmosphere.
We arrived on time for our reservation and were immediately seated at the first four top as you walk into the main dining room. There was a solid chill in the air and we hoped the thick curtains at the entrance really would block out the cold. We all ordered a round of drinks to start, with Erin’s being the most exciting. She ordered a Moscow Mule, made with made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime and served in its traditional copper cup. Here’s hoping ginger beer is gluten free because that was a tasty drink!
To start, Erin and Brian split the tomato bisque with blue cheese and basil and a special for the evening – a pulled pork pupusa/corn cake of sorts. We were told that the corn cake was made from an authentic El Salvadoran recipe. They happily split the two items, noting their enjoyment of the combinations of flavors in the soup but the lack of promised spice in the otherwise tasty pork dish.
After a recommendation from our server, I ordered the Roasted Root Vegetable and Squash Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese, Scallions, Black Pepper, Maple Dressing:
Considering that previous listing has some of my favorite foods, I was in salad heaven. A nice size salad, the sweetness of the dressing balanced the peppery flavors. The creaminess of the goat cheese didn’t hurt either!
For his main, Hans ordered the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, made with Lake Erie Creamery Goat Cheese, Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Chives, Stewed Tomato:
After a week filled with heavy meals, I wasn’t too surprised that Hans didn’t finish this hearty portioned dish. That doesn’t mean he didn’t enjoy it. All the components married well together, leaving a rich, creamy entree to savor. A rare occurrence, Hans took home about a fourth of his dish – which was enjoyed the next day for lunch!
Erin and Brian split an order of the Coffee and Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Maple Glazed Sweet Potato, Garlic Spinach, Toasted Macadamia Nuts:
The kitchen kindly split the order over two plates, giving each of them a sizely portion to enjoy. Erin shared a perfect bite with me. Since this was another dish where I highly enjoy all the ingredients, I immediately knew why this was always on the menu at Fahrenheit. BECAUSE IT’S PHENOMENIAL. Filling yet not overly heavy, I plan to order this for myself on my next visit.
As for me, I ordered one of the starter specials of the evening: mussels with roasted tomatoes and garlic:
I wish I was paying attention to what was in the broth, but I really loved the roasted tomatoes and garlic with the mussels. This was a solid choice for those not trying to be weighed down by their main meal. I hope Chef Rocco adds this to the regular menu soon.
LONG STORY SHORT: By the end of the meal, we were all satisfied with our experience at Fahrenheit. This wasn’t a surprise to me, of course. I’m glad to have shared a lovely dinner with two of my foodie BFFs at one of my favorite Cleveland dining establishments. The consistent solid food presentation, excellent service and warm atmosphere will always keep me coming back. Seriously – who wants to hit up happy hour?!