Cleveland Heights, with its liberal politics, beautiful houses, and complete disregard for the street grid system, is home to some well-established neighborhoods: Cedar Fairmount is known as a classy, grown-up spot to spend an evening; Coventry is a hippie haven gone mainstream that’s still ideal for people-watching; Cedar Lee has the theater, the library, and a few solid bars and restaurants.
It can be easy to forget Cedar Taylor, a spot just east of Cedar Lee that, like just about every other Heights neighborhood, is named after its cross-streets. But don’t underestimate this humble little intersection: it gave the East Side its first Melt (sorry Lakewood, but we were spending a lot of money on gas). It’s home to Mr. Brisket, Michael Symon’s favorite Cleveland butchery. It’s the spot for Quintana’s, Cleveland’s (the Midwest’s? America’s?) only barbershop-by-day/speakeasy-by-night, serving some of the city’s best cocktails and whiskey. You can get traditional Indian at longtime establishment Cafe Tandoor or street-style Indian at newcomer Greedy Girl. And if you’re a Heights native, you know Bremec on the Heights is the only place outside the box stores to get pumpkins, Christmas trees, or any other planter needs year-round. A great place to stop before a night at Cain Park or Cedar Lee, Cedar Taylor is fast becoming a district you could dedicate an entire night to.