Thanks, Cindy, for naming us to your “Five for Friday”!

Of course, we’re already happy because The Plain Dealer has officially named the Bistro to its “A-List” of Cleveland’s top 100 restaurants for the fifth year in a row—and not just any old way, but with a promotion to its new “Cleveland Classics” list, an honor bestowed upon only 20 restaurants in all. That’s wonderful enough, but today more kudos came our way.

The PD‘s weekly “Five for Friday” feature stars a local chef, foodie or other notable Northeast Ohioan providing a list of his or her top five places to find “their favorite indulgences, and the treats they like the most.” Today’s chosen list-maker is Cindy Barber, co-owner-operator of the Beachland Ballroom, one of the city’s most legendary rock venues, located right here in our neighborhood in Collinwood. Where does Cindy go when she’s not busy running the food operations at the Beachland’s tavern or listening to a band in full jam on the stage? “I don’t go very far from my zip code,” she said, and guess which restaurant was amongst her five picks for dining out? You guessed it. Read all about it here.

Thanks, neighbor! Stop by any time!

Pleased to be named among the Plain Dealer’s “Cleveland Classics”!

The Plain Dealer, in anticipation of the release of the 2014 edition of its annual “A-List” Dining Guide, today named the 20 restaurants it considers “Cleveland Classics.” Joe Crea of Northeast Ohio Media Group explains that the team selecting this year’s A-List decided it needed a special way of honoring a select few among the city’s A-List members: “Each is exemplary for its food, service, atmosphere and other elements of a top-shelf foodservice establishment. Yet those restaurants that almost any savvy foodie acknowledges as being among Cleveland’s best deserve an added measure of recognition, don’t they? Especially those that have weathered the test of time—literally, years of consistently fine service.

“Through discussions with the team of editors, reporters and freelance critics who weigh-in on compiling the final A-List honorees, it was decided that the Cleveland Classics would be independently owned and/or locally based restaurants that have been in operation for at least five years.”

We couldn’t be more pleased that Bistro 185 was selected as one of the 20 restaurants on the newspaper’s inaugural list of “Cleveland Classics.” It’s always been an honor to be named to the “A-List,” but to be named a “Cleveland Classic”—in a town full of fabulous restaurants, many of them helmed by household-name chefs—that’s not easy to do. It’s something extra-special, and it makes us want to work even harder to keep the Bistro what you expect it to be: a cozy, inviting place to enjoy an excellent dining-out experience. We hope you’ll stop by soon for a “classic” evening!