Graffiti: A Social Kitchen – Cleveland, Ohio
Found sandwiched between an old run-down residential neighborhood and the newly renovated Battery Park in Cleveland, you’ll find Graffiti: A Social Kitchen.
Park on the street and head on inside of the multi-level, Detroit Shoreway restaurant. You’ll be greeted by a smiling host, before choosing to sit in the upstairs dining room, downstairs at the bar or the high tops/communal table.Graffiti’s food is fun and a little quirky, and difficult to choose favorites. The menu is full of what sounds like basic, down-home comfort food but with a little more attention, the dishes are complex and full of high-quality takes on [seemingly] low-end food.
Eleven appetizer options are available from $8-$16ish dollars; but your best bet is to “create your own masterpiece” and choose 3 of the options for $19. Generous portions make this a complete meal for one, or pair with a salad and you can feed two people.
We picked the baby back ribs, with a tangy Napa slaw and pickles, French onion egg rolls (with gruyere) and fried confit chicken wings – PB&J style. Each item was gorge-worthy, and I can assure you the French onion egg rolls will grace our table many more times.
Honorable mention goes to the super fluffy omelet with short rib chili and cheddar cheese. Also, the potato skins which are a little more zesty than your average app; these ones have chorizo, goat cheese and guacamole.
The real stand out – Shepherd’s Pie: Braised Lamb Roulade, Mashed Potato Pie, Peas and Carrots, Lamb Gravy. WOW! Every bite of this dish was unexpectedly decadent and delicious. I still feel such guilt for prematurely scoffing at the “peasant food”.
Graffiti is pretty darn good at crafting cocktails and stocking local brews. Each of the signature cocktails are between $9 – $11; whether you prefer bourbon, vodka, gin or tequila, they’ve included them all.
They’ve got the Cleveland staples on tap (Great Lakes and Fat Heads) but also have a strong rotation of other smaller CLE breweries like Buckeye Brewing Co and Crooked River. Nice touch, I like it! You’ll also find other well-known breweries on tap for $6 a piece, and by the bottle ranging anywhere from $4 Miller Lite’s to $10 Duval bottles.
Have you dined at Cork & Cleaver in Broadview Heights? If you have, and totally loved it (we did), then you’ll be happy to know that Graffiti is owned and operated by the same owners and chefs. While C & C is fab, I have to say I prefer the location and the atmosphere of Graffiti.
The light fixtures are eclectic and unstructured, lit by Edison bulbs. The dining areas are lined with dark, brick walls, brightened up with crazy fun artwork and graffiti topped tables.
A gorgeous fireplace is a focal point in the upstairs loft-esque dining area. With long windows, the lighting is phenomenal during the day, and a little more romantically lit after dark.
During the warmer months, an outdoor patio opens for those looking for some fresh air. As soon as spring weather emerges, we’ll be sure to come back.
1261 W 76th St Cleveland, Ohio 44102