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Town Hall takes a healthy, local approach to urban dining

Sporting a menu dedicated to organically grown, sustainable and local ingredients, the new Town Hall restaurant in the Ohio City Market District offers a fresh approach to urban dining.

Chef and co-owner Fabio Salerno, proprietor of Gusto and the former Grotto restaurant in Shaker Square, said the dining establishment promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering a fast, casual cafe with a juice bar and a full-service dining room, bar and patio under one roof. It is up to patrons to decide which dining approach they prefer. Salerno’s partners in the 6,500-square-foot eatery are Sean Heineman of Willoughby Brewing Co. and Bobby George of the Barley House.

Town Hall’s drink menu features not only fresh squeezed juice, but also specialty crafted cocktails, spiked milkshakes, a notable whiskey menu and 30 rotating local and regional American craft beers on tap.

Town Hall is open for lunch and dinner, with the same menu all day, plus specials. During one visit, a chef was preparing made-to-order crepes in the cafe area. The current place to see and be seen in the trendy area, Town Hall is always bustling with activity. Diners who prefer a leisurely, full-service meal might want to visit the restaurant for the first time for lunch or on a weeknight.

Bar snacks include prosciutto-wrapped dates with almonds, chorizo sausage and goat cheese ($7.50), matchstick truffle fries ($6), avocado chips ($7) and chicken and black bean nachos ($10). Soups are organic tomato bisque ($5) and chicken and black bean chili ($6).

A variety of salads are featured, including quinoa and kale with lemon citronette dressing ($8), arugula and fennel salad with beets and oranges ($9) and a summer salad with strawberries, avocado, Gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts and house balsamic vinaigrette ($10). Combine a half salad and soup for $10.

Rice and noodle bowls are spicy curry chicken noodles ($9), pan-fried brown rice ($8.50), brown rice and vegetables in Thai peanut sauce ($9.50) and the Metta bowl with rice, quinoa, vegetables and red curry sauce ($9).

“Handhelds” include tacos stuffed with house vegetable slaw and your choice of chicken, tofu or black beans, topped with cilantro, creme fraiche, pico de gallo and guacamole ($9.50). Burritos are prepared with your choice of filling and Thai sauce ($8) or creamy pesto ($9). A grass-fed Kobe cheeseburger is topped with white cheddar, onion and rosemary aioli and served with a salad, truffle fries or baked tortilla chips ($12). A house-made veggie burger ($10.50) is also available.

Flatbreads, large enough for two, are made with traditional crust or whole wheat. The West Side Market veggie flatbread is garnished with tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, fresh chilies and aged provolone cheese ($10). Barbecued chicken on flatbread is topped with white cheddar and Wisconsin sharp cheese, red peppers and onions, cilantro and peanuts ($10). A prosciutto and fig jam flatbread is made with goat cheese, arugula and port wine reduction ($12).

Full entree selections, served after 5 p.m., include herb-crusted chicken ($16), seared jumbo scallops ($17), steak and potatoes ($19) and Bombolotti brown rice pasta with West Side Market sausage, prosciutto and Parmesan cream sauce ($16).

Desserts are milk and white chocolate cookies topped with Mitchell’s vanilla ice cream and a selection of cupcakes from downtown’s Colossal Cupcakes ($5).

As a way to give back to the community, Town Hall’s owners have established a charitable foundation to raise money for causes and organizations that contribute to the health, sustainability and locality of Cleveland. The TH Foundation donates to organizations quarterly, starting off with the Cleveland Foodbank. Donations are part proceeds from sales and customer contributions.

Town Hall is at 1909 W. 25th St. Phone 216-344-9400. Major credit cards are accepted. Monday is craft beer and vegan night. Get a double cheeseburger and a draft beer for $10 on Thursday. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The patio is dog-friendly on Saturday and Sunday for brunch.




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