Crop Bistro (2537 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH) is often at the top of must-dine lists in Cleveland, not only for its delicious food, but for its palatial setting in the lobby of the 1925 United Bank Building in the bustling Ohio City neighborhood. The setting is truly a show-stopper, and it almost seems like the bank was created to house such a restaurant. The transformation even extends to the bank vault, complete with the intimidating, giant door and padlock, which now serves as a private dining room Crop is part of the Steve Schimoler empire which has grown to restaurants throughout the Cleveland area, all with some spin on the Crop moniker (Crop Rocks, Crop Sticks, etc). Crop’s menu features seasonal American food, with a twist, and due to its focus on seasonality, the menu is always changing.
A tip we received before visiting Crop was that we had to try the truffle popcorn as a starter ($7). Popcorn you say? Yeah, we thought it was weird, too, but it turned out to be our favorite app of the night, and the salty truffle-cheese topping was addictive. Other apps include modern takes on stuffed peppers and deviled eggs. We started off with a goat cheese bruschetta with wild mushrooms, a delicious beet salad and a wedge salad (M’s favorite) with Bibb lettuce.