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Find an oasis from the sun with cool summer specials

Find an oasis from the brutal summer heat at West Side Cleveland independent restaurants offering summer cooler meal and drink specials.

Hyde Park restaurant at Crocker Park, 21 Main St. in Westlake, is featuring sesame tuna wasabi wontons and a refreshing Grape Crush beverage. Phone 440-892-4933 for reservations.

Enjoy the sun with a strawberry mojito on the dog-friendly patio at Luxe Kitchen, 6605 Detroit Road. Take your canine friend to Bow Wow Sunday Brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 216-920-0600.

Melt Bar and Grilled, 14718 Detroit Road in Lakewood, is serving a summer chicken melt. Relax on the patio with a mango margarita. Call 216-226-3699.

Tartine Bistro, 19110 Old Detroit Road in Rocky River, is serving halibut persillade with asparagus, complemented by peach basil sangria. Phone 440-331-0800.

The Woods, 21919 Center Ridge Road in Rocky River, is offering barbecue chicken and rib specials, along with a variety of margaritas. Call 440-333-4522.

Mark your calendars for the seventh annual Cleveland Wine Festival at Voinovich Bicentennial Park in downtown Cleveland on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28.

The festival offers a variety of tastings, food and wine education, and cooking demonstrations on the shores of Lake Erie. Festival guests can sample from more than 270 wines from around the world, including Ohio wines, and learn about new varieties from the experts. Some area restaurants will sell their signature dishes, including Morton’s The Steakhouse, Angelo’s Pizza, Das Schnitzel Haus and Scott’s Fire and Ice Catering.

Back by popular demand is the Best of Belgium Cafe, presented by Stella Artois, featuring Belgian beers Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde and Leffe Brune. Special guest and master beer sommelier Marc Stroobandt returns to highlight the affinity between Belgian beer and fine food as well as to educate festival guests on proper beer-pouring techniques, the importance of using the right glassware and food pairing ideas for the featured Belgian beers.

The entertainment stage will showcase live music throughout the two-day event.
Adult wine tasting tickets are $28 in advance and $35 at the door. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, festival program, food and wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated driver tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

The festival’s proceeds will benefit the Bright Side of the Road Foundation. The nonprofit organization was founded to help find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the devastating condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Festival hours are Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. For more details, visit or call 847-382-1480.



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