Thursday, March 5, 2015

Graffiti Social Kitchen Opens

I didn't have a "favorite" restaurant in Cleveland until two of my favorite chefs combined forces and opened Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen in Broadview Heights. Now, that's a go-to spot for Mr. H and me, and we've enjoyed countless meals there. Well, I'm happy to share that this chef duo has just opened a second restaurant in the Gordon Square Arts District...Graffiti Social Kitchen.

The restaurant took over the former Reddstone location on West 76th Street. It has a bar area with additional seating on the main floor, and a dining room up two floors that was formally used as a special event space. Mr. H and I have sat on the first floor twice now, but we did wander upstairs to check out the main dining room.

The restaurant is starting to fill up with custom artwork, like this cool wall-art, featuring their logo and graffiti representing the 216.
Also upstairs, this cozy fireplace is nestled next to a five-top table that will surely be in high demand.
We had decided to settle in at the bar, admiring the nickle bar top and catching a Syracuse University men's basketball game on the TV during our first visit.
Mr. H and I shared four small plates, so that we could get a taste of as much of the menu as possible. Picking was tough! I already need to return right away to try so many other items that were tempting us.

We went for the Chicken Livers ($9) with apple liver pate, crispy livers, candied onion puree, and chicken fat aoili served with toast.
We also shared an order of the Bologna Fried Rice ($8) with bologna toad in a hole, Himalayan red rice, mire poix, and soy.
Our meal included the Potato Skins ($9) with crispy russets, chorizo, goat cheese, and guacamole.
Lastly, we split the French Onion Egg Rolls ($10). It was exactly like French Onion soup in an egg roll form!
I would order all four of these items again, but not before trying many others. Seriously, this menu is packed with interesting creations from Chef Adam. Graffiti's menu feels like a true reflection of the uber-creative chef that I've grown to know and love.

I am just thankful that Graffiti is the sister restaurant to my beloved Cork & Cleaver, because I almost felt like I was cheating on C&C. It might become my new favorite restaurant. Go check them out!

Graffiti Social Kitchen
1261 West 76th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102


FlipFlopGirl said...

It all looks amazing! Thank you for the review and suggestions. Need to go there soon, especially for the french onion egg rolls.