Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ohio City Galley

Ohio City Galley opened its doors last Friday.
Ohio City Galley, the third food hall and restaurant accelerator from Galley Group, is a launch pad for exciting new restaurant concepts in Cleveland. The mission is to cultivate and accelerate aspiring restaurateurs by providing a forum to showcase their capabilities, hone their craft, develop business practices, and build a following behind their concepts.

No more negotiating and choosing what type of food you and your spouse, friend, or family feel like eating that night! There's something for everyone between the four restaurants housed there, and I can already tell it will become a good backup for Mr. H and I when we can't agree.

It's housed in the renovated Forest City Bank building on the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue, which makes for a very pretty backdrop.
With four fully outfitted kitchens, diners get to place orders at any of the four counters: The Rice Shop, Tinman, Sauce the City, and POCA.
I've already written about POCA, since it's the same chef/owner as our current favorite Cleveland restaurant, The Black Pig. We attended a preview pop-up event several weeks ago, and the casual Mexican food is unlike any other I've had in the city.
But, I was also excited to start trying food from the other three as well.
With over 200 seats and a giant communal bar serving craft beer, cocktails and wine, you take a seat with your numbered/color-coded cards and servers bring out your food from each restaurant as it's ready.
It was Saturday Brunch, so we tried the Breakfast Memelas ($10) from POCA with chorizo, toasted masa cakes, black beans, queso oaxaca, over-easy eggs, salsa verde, and cilantro. Great flavors and textures, I'd get this again!
I'd also started to hear that the burger from Tinman was already becoming a "don't miss" item, so we shared the A.M. Burger ($16) with sunny-up egg, American cheese, S&S pickles, and special sauce.
The burger impressed, and was probably one of the best we've had in quite a while. The side of smashed potatoes was also very good (spicy, so beware if that's not your thing).

The space could use some warming up and additional character, in my opinion. But it's been renovated well, and the food and service were almost flawless, even for opening weekend. We'll continue to eat our way through the current four restaurants, and look forward to what the future brings in this space.

Ohio City Galley
1400 W 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 525-9933


bonnjill said...

How is the parking situation?

Bite Buff said...

Not bad! They are using the parking lot across the street. Self-park during the day and I believe $5 valet in the evening. At least on the Saturday we were there.

Rose | MomLife Organizer said...

I am almost sure I saw this last time we were going to the tabletop cafe. Have you done a review of their food? It's bad lol. But this place looked super fancy

Ohio City Galley said...

Hi! Thanks again for the feature. We've updated our parking: For now, we have a parking lot across the street and free parking all day!

Leah Deppert said...

I can't wait to try this place out! Thanks for sharing.

Bite Buff said...

No we haven’t been in there, but doesn’t sound like I’m missing much! Onion City Galley is pretty inside because of the historic building setting, but it is a very casual restaurant. No fancy here, just good food and drink in a fun setting and unique way of ordering!

Bite Buff said...

I already can’t wait to go back. Enjoy!