Exploring East 4th Street: 16 restaurants, shops and venues in the downtown neighborhood

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Restaurants, shops and nearby entertainment attractions like Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Progressive Field make East 4th Street in downtown Cleveland one of the most popular destinations in the city.

The street was redeveloped decades ago into a pedestrian-friendly strip of apartment buildings, restaurants, bars and other shops. Located just a few blocks away from Cleveland’s biggest sports stadiums, East 4th Street earned its own kind of draw for foodies, nightlife lovers and sports fans alike.

In recent years the area’s seen some comings and goings — longtime favorites Lola Bistro and The Greenhouse Tavern closed in 2020, and two new restaurants are slated for the neighborhood for 2021.

We took a look at the businesses that currently line the entertainment district, and two that should open soon:

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(Photo by Marc Bona, cleveland.com)

Butcher & The Brewer

Butcher & The Brewer has been temporarily closed since December due

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Bangkok’s iconic street chef gets her just desserts

BANGKOK — It’s a Thai Cinderella story, seasoned with lemongrass, coriander and curry. The culinary world boiled over in February when Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants announced that its Icon Award, which typically honors titans of high-end fine dining, was instead going to Bangkok’s street food queen, Supinya Junsuta, universally known as Jay Fai.

It is hard to overstate the contrast between previous winners such as Japanese chef Seiji Yamamoto, clad in stately whites at the three-Michelin-starred Nihonryori RyuGin in Tokyo, and 76-year-old Jay Fai, whose trademark ski goggles provide protection from sparks in her tiny Raan Jay Fai restaurant in the central district of Phra Nakhon.

On the weekend after the surprise announcement the food world’s new icon was still working hard in the hole-in-the-wall restaurant she has run for more than four decades, engulfed by flame as she stir-fried crab omelets and seafood noodles.

Customers packed six tables inside

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Popiah: a popular street food you can now make at home

Popiah is also known as fresh spring rolls and is a popular street food in Malaysia. (Rasa Malaysia pic)

Popiah is of Chinese origin, and comes from the Fujian province in China. In Malaysia, popiah is also known as fresh spring rolls and is a popular street food.

Besides Malaysia, variations of popiah can be found in Singapore, Medan, and Taiwan – all using simple and healthy ingredients that make it taste so delicious and refreshing.

Here is a family recipe, one which is much-cherished, not only because of its supreme flavour, but because of the flood of memories it brings back.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cooking oil
  • 20 fresh popiah wrappers
  • fresh lettuce, washed and drained dry

Filling

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 226 g shrimp, shelled, deveined and cut into small pieces
  • 1 kg yam bean or jicama (sengkuang), grated
  • 56 g French beans, sliced
  • 4 pieces bean curd,
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Learn Cantonese Slang: Order Hong Kong street food like a local – YP

Hong Kong is famous for its diverse street food – from curry fish balls and siu mai to stinky tofu and fried pig intestines. Hongkongers call it “sou gaai” (sweep the street) when they’re having a meal of assorted street food from different stalls.

In recent years, there has been a mix of flavours and old-meets-new snacks that you can’t find anywhere else. They aim to appeal to both locals and tourists. Examples include multi-flavoured egg waffles, souffle pancakes, and soba (Japanese noodles) topped with garlicky hand-shredded chicken. Of course, there are hits and misses.

Due to the stringent hawker licensing policy in  Hong Kong, there are no night food markets here like  in Taiwan. But more food stalls have opened indoors – in shopping centres or residential buildings. Some of the popular street food spots are Mong Kok, Kwai Chung Plaza and Tai On Building, in Sai Wan Ho. 

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