Why do I love Cleveland? Fun local chains.
I love the local chain The Winking Lizard. With several locations around town, and two I believe in Columbus, Ohio, this is a great restaurant and bar to go to when you want good reasonable food, and plenty of beer choices. With over 100 beers to choose from you can't go wrong. I love that each location is different. I go to the Lakewood location the most, and it is housed in a building that used to be an Elks club, and before that a tennis club. It even has a bowling alley in the basement! Each location also has a resident Lizard!
I remember the first time I went to one I had gone on a bike ride with my family out in Penninsula. This was well over 10 years ago, and if I remember correctly the Lizard at that location would wink at you if you waved. I loved it. Flash forward several years to 2008. Two of my girlfriends and I signed up to do the beer tour. It took a lot of effort but we finished it. I never received my jacket, but nevertheless I still love the chain. I now go there almost every Friday after work with my coworkers for a late lunch and a cocktail.
I love their spicy garlic hot wings. But my all time favorite thing on their menu is their white bread pizza. Unfortunately I have developed an allergy to dairy and can't eat it anymore, but sometimes I'm tempted to risk anaphylacxic shock just to taste it one more time!
**Note: While this is my first post about something I love about Cleveland, it is not my number one reason. I will be posting about locations and activities as I revisit them and rediscover all the reasons I love calling Cleveland home.**
Does your city have any restaurants featuring cute lizards and delicious wings? What other Cleveland chains do you love?