We’re making your holiday shopping easier with the return of our “Black Friday” special!

Here at the Bistro, we hope you’re having a Happy Thanksgivikkah! And we understand if you’re also preparing to head out soon and take advantage of holiday bargains to get your shopping done. But we think we’ve got the best Black Friday deal of all—and you don’t even have to bust our door down to get it.

Once again, we’re offering our “Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale.” Stop in to Bistro 185 Friday and you can not only take a break from your shopping with a fabulous lunch or dinner out, but you can get some of it done at the same time! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 ONLY, if you purchase $100 worth of Bistro 185 gift certificates (in any denomination — one $100 certificate, two $50 certificates, one $75 certificate and one $25 certificate, or four $25 certificates), you will receive a $25 certificate FREE! You can choose to give your free certificate away, or treat yourself…we won’t tell!

Bistro 185 gift certificates are the perfect solution for the food lovers in your life who already “have everything.” They never lose value or expire, and you’re not going to see anybody “regift” one, either! Best of all, you don’t need to camp out, jump up from the table after dinner today, or fight your way through crowds to get them. Just ask your server!

What a way to give the special people in your life a relaxing afternoon or evening out, or a restorative Sunday brunch to start their week off perfectly!

You don’t need to set your alarm clock…just remember that we’ll be open for lunch and dinner Friday, November 29, and that the “Buy $100, get $25 free” offer is good THAT DAY ONLY, in person! Come to Bistro 185 and return home with gifts everyone on your list will savor!

Celebrate the new year with us and sparkling wines from around the world

The end of the year’s the time to pop the cork on the bubbly, saying goodbye to all things ended and toasting all things new. This year at the Bistro, we’re doing it Monday, December 30, with a very special dinner of five courses paired with five sparkling wines representing the world’s effervescent best, so mark your calendar now. Menu and wine lineup to come!

If you love beer, you’ll love our plans for December 18!

Beer aficionados, December 18 is a day you’ll want to celebrate. Why? Because at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be holding a beer dinner of five heartwarming courses coupled with five beers—and an aperitif to kick things off. What’s more, two of the beers will be “mystery keg tappings” starring the products of top breweries. What will we find inside the kegs? It’s anybody’s guess, but it’s bound to be a fun revelation!

Here’s the lineup:

Saison Du Buff

First Course
Curried Rock Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Micro Cilantro
Toasted Asiago Tostada
Beer: Victory White Monkey

Second Course
Braised Daisyfield Farm Berkshire Pork Belly
Arugula, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, and Goat Cheese Salad
Citrus Vinaigrette
Beer: Mission Brewery Shipwrecked Double IPA

Third Course
Hazelnut-Crusted Red Snapper
Ginger-Lemongrass Scented Basmati Rice
Tahitian Vanillia Bean Beurre Blanc
Beer: Affligem Cuvée 950

Fourth Course
Roasted Ohio Grass-Fed Beef
Butterball Potato and Crispy Leek Green Peppercorn au Poivre
Beer: Mikkeller—Mystery Keg Tapping

Fifth Course
Dark Chocolate Crème Bread Pudding
Winter Sea Salt, Caramel Crème Anglaise
Maker’s Mark Gelato
Beer: Sam Adams—Mystery Keg Tapping

Cost of our December beer expedition is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reserve your seat now for a delightfully peaceful respite from holiday-season craziness: call 216.481.9635 today!

We’re making “The List”!

Exciting news here at the Bistro: we’re going to be featured on an upcoming episode of “The List,” Scripps-Howard’s weeknightly TV news magazine that covers the biggest news trends by compiling lists of what people are talking about the most. Right now, a hot topic is “Thanksgivikkah” (some are spelling it “Thanksgivukkah”—take your pick!): the once-in-a-blue-moon confluence of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah. Inspired by the chance to combine two holidays in one, people are doing everything from creating special “menurkeys” (menorahs shaped like turkeys) to sending special cards to planning menus combining the best traditions from both holidays…including suggestions from Ruth’s Thanksgivvikah menu. As a result, the folks at “The List” are stopping by to visit her in person and sample her suggestions.

No word on an air date yet, but you can see “The List” at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday on WEWS-TV Channel 5. “The List” also airs on WMAR-TV Channel 2 in Baltimore, WCPO-TV Channel 9 in Cincinnati, WPTV-TV Channel 5 in South Florida, WFTS-TV in Tampa (all at 7 p.m.), KNXV-TV Channel 15 in Phoenix (4:30 p.m.), and KJRH-TV Channel 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (6:30 p.m.), so if you have friends in those cities, let them know! We’ll tell you when we know which night Ruth’s feature will appear.

Get happy at one of the 50 Happiest Happy Hours in Cleveland

We admit it: we’re sure enjoying our attention from the Plain Dealer lately. The latest: Bistro 185 has been named among the “50 Happiest Happy Hours in Cleveland.” (Alphabetically, we’re fourth in the slideshow.) “The Bistro 185 rolls out the most eclectic list in Happyland—more worldly than the regular menus at most restaurants…The geography lesson of the day? Between Asia, Southern and Central Europe and the U.S.A. is Bistro 185.”

We want to say thanks for the recognition, and if you haven’t stopped in lately for happy hour, come on in! Remember, we’ve got different specials between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. C’mon—get happy!

Are you ready for Thanksgivikkah?

This November is a rare November indeed—and if you love food, you’ve got to be excited about it. Why? Because this November, unlike most, features a rare event: Thanksgiving, November 28, coincides with the first day of Hanukkah! Yes, it’s the ultimate holiday mashup: Turkey Day as the kickoff of eight nights of fun and feasting.

And it’s not the kind of holiday we could possibly pass up…especially Ruth and her creative cuisine. When we first realized Thanksgiving and Hanukkah were arriving together, she immediately began thinking of the essential dishes for both holidays: the traditional must-haves. For Thanksgiving: roast stuffed turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. For Hanukkah: roast turkey and something for people who don’t like turkey, such as a classic beef brisket. And fried foods, especially the traditional latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream. And challah bread. And noodle kugel…

Ruth got to thinking about how her mother used to cook for the holidays, starting early in the morning, soup simmering on the stove and a roast in the oven. Turkey, because her kids were Americans and they wanted an American Thanksgiving. Yet there was still room for the old Jewish traditions: matzoh-ball soup and yeast doughnuts.

Before she knew it, Ruth had come up with an entire menu for a true family-style “Thanksgivikkah” combining the best of new-world American and old-world Jewish elements. Why not use challah bread in the turkey stuffing…glaze the brisket with cranberry sauce…make latkes with sweet potatoes as well as white potatoes…and put pumpkin in the kugel? Why not indeed?

Today, Ruth’s Thanksgivikkah feast is featured in the Plain Dealer. Go there to learn more about how she blended our family traditions into dishes you can make yourself for a truly memorable holiday banquet. Happy Thanksgivikkah! Mazel tov! 

A truly memorable feast

Recipe: Challah-Stuffed Turkey Breast

Recipe: Cranberry-Glazed Beef Brisket

Recipe: Apple-Cranberry Sauce

Recipe: Sweet-Potato Yukon Gold Latkes

Recipe: Apple-Pumpkin Strudel

Recipe: Pumpkin, Pineapple and Cranberry Noodle Kugel

Start your week off right: Join us for Brunch at the Bistro starting Nov. 17!

Hello…The Tenant is back, with some news that should make all the Bistro’s many fans happy indeed. If you’ve ever wished the Bistro was open 7 days a week instead of only 6, your wish is granted! Starting next Sunday, November 17, the Bistro will be open for brunch service between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And oh, what a feast it will be! I know, because I had a taste of it this morning, and trust me, this is a brunch worth getting out of bed on a weekend for!

I began my brunch already realizing that the most difficult thing about the experience would be choosing which amongst the incredible array of offerings I most wanted to try. I mean, how to choose from amongst the drink offerings alone? Coffee or tea are complimentary with brunch, but alcoholic beverages, juices, and espresso are also available a la carte. The options that appealed to me most were the bellinis—mango, pomegranate, or peach, made with LaMarca Prosecco—and the mimosas, made with LaMarca and orange or ruby-red grapefruit juice. I ultimately decided on a peach bellini. Other tempting options were a crabbie—spiced orange alcoholic ginger beer from Scotland—a passion fruit sour with Mont Ferrante Cava Rose, and a Cupid’s Kiss, with LaMarca and pomegranate puree. I loved my bellini, but now I want to try the alternatives as well!

Once you’ve decided which drink you’d like, the choices don’t get any easier. The four general categories from which you can select are “Bistro 185 Signatures,” “Eggs Benedict,” “Bistro Hash and Eggs,” and “Bistro Classics.” They include these dishes:


Pain Perdu: Croissant bread pudding sliced and grilled, served with bananas and Grade A maple syrup.

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles: Buttermilk-soaked fried chicken breast and waffle with Grade A maple syrup, hot sauce, and butter.


Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame: Open-face Nueske smoked ham and Gruyère cheese on grilled brioche bread topped with hollandaise sauce and tempura asparagus. (The Croque Madame, pictured above, adds sunny-side-up fried eggs.)

House Gravlax, Eggs and Onions

House Gravlax and Eggs: Three organic eggs scrambled with chopped gravlax ad sauteed onions.

Gravlax Benedict

Crab Benedict or Gravlax Benedict (pictured is the Gravlax Benedict): Two crab cakes or house-cured gravlax with smoked pork loin, organic poached eggs, Yukon Gold potato tostones and hollandaise sauce.


Duck Confit and Eggs: Three local organic eggs scrambled with duck confit and sauteed onions.

Gravlax Platter

Gravlax Platter: Gravlax, tomato, red onion, capers, bagel and cream cheese.

Breakfast Burger

Breakfast Burger: 8-oz. burger, house bun, fried egg, caramelized onions, bacon and cheddar cheese.

This all looks pretty amazing, right? Well, if you think that’s amazing, consider this: I didn’t even choose any of these dishes! I am a great lover of hash, so I made the agonizing choice between short-rib hash and corned-beef hash: I went for short-rib. Both kinds are served with sauteed onions, potatoes, peppers, and organic sunny-side-up eggs. My hash was excellent and oh, so comforting on a cold, cloudy, gray day! I added a side of corn pudding, which I can never resist, and it made for the perfect Sunday-morning meal.

Also not appearing in your picture, but sounding equally wonderful: cheese-filled blintzes (three) with sour cream and Abby’s Kitchen local jam; a Belgian waffle with Grade A maple syrup, whipped cream and butter; Frittata of the Day with house fries, caramelized onions and spicy hollandaise; Montreal-inspired poutine (house fries, savory beef gravy and cheese curds); and the Bistro 185 Salad (field greens, caramelized walnuts, sun-dried cranberries, blue cheese, and blush vinaigrette with tuna salad or grilled chicken).

Sides available in addition to corn pudding include house fries, toasted bagel, toasted multigrain bread, fresh seasonal fruit, rasher of apple-smoked Nueske bacon, house-made pork sausage patties, organic chicken sausage, potato pancakes, eggs, gravlax, and extra maple syrup, hollandaise sauce and Abbey’s Kitchen jam. Heck, you can make a pretty good breakfast out of the sides alone!

Having finished my brunch, I could come to only one conclusion: I need to start working my way through this menu. It would be a pity not to experience all of these dishes for myself! As for you, you should get started! Make plans now to stop by the Bistro next Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and enjoy a beautiful beginning to your week. Bring friends along—they’ll love the chance to relax, bask in everyone’s company and savor some incredible food. Brunch at the Bistro: make it your new Sunday habit!

Feast with us at our fourth annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 27

Looking for something to be thankful for? You’ll find it Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m., when we host our fourth annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner. Sit down at our table and enjoy a four-course celebration that puts mouthwatering vegan cuisine front and center. Here’s what we have planned:

First Course
Chestnut Soup

Second Course
Baby Spinach Salad with Medjool Dates and Almonds

Third Course
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Mushrooms and Farro
Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Fourth Course
Pumpkin Tart with Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Dinner will be served with spiced mulled apple cider and a glass of vegan-friendly wine sure to keep your spirits glowing!

Cost of our holiday banquet is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. This is a popular event every year, so don’t delay; call 216.481.9635 and make your reservation now!

Ayinger Beer Dinner presents the bounty of Bavaria (and elsewhere) Nov. 20

Beer lovers and fine cuisine fans, you will not want to miss our Ayinger Beer Dinner Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. We’re pairing some of the finest products of this Bavarian brewery and others—from Lindemans in Belgium to Samuel Smith’s in Yorkshire, England, and more—with a variety of tasty courses that will play off their special qualities. Here’s the menu:

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée

First Course
Bruschetta Trio
Black Olive Pesto • Artichoke Parmesan • Roasted Red Pepper with Feta
Beer: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Second Course
Classic Bolognese Sauce with Polenta
Beer: Westmalle Dubbel

Third Course
Grilled Caesar Salad
Beer: Samuel Smiths Organic Lager

4th Course
New Orleans Bar-B-Que Shrimp, Corn Fritters
Beer: Blanche de Namur

5th Course
Decadent Ganache-Filled Chocolate Cupcake
Beer: Lindemans Framboise and Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout

Cost of this taste-tempting beer banquet is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 to reserve your place now!