Sportsman's Restaurant

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SportsmanRestaurantBanner.jpgThe Sportsman's Restaurant at 101 Saint Clair Ave is right across the street from the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center and near one of the bus stops I sometimes use. I'd often wondered what their Corned Beef was like and made sure that it was on my list to try some day.

I note elsewhere that passions run high on the subject of Corned Beef and used The Sportsman's as an example. Why do people care so much? (Perhaps I should ask myself the question someday, too.)

At first glance, it didn't seem too impressive. The small, narrow restaurant was darkly paneled (or was that the effect of the poor lighting?) and on the surface, seemed unlikely to produce much excitement. SportsmanCornedBeef.jpg It's important though, to not judge a book by its cover! Or a restaurant by its lighting. One of my work colleagues says this is the place to go before, during and after Browns games!

On to the food: The sandwich was excellent and the service was sufficient. No doubt, had we been regulars, the service would have been stellar.

The Sportsman's has been in the news a bit lately (here, here and here), being part of the plethora of sites being proposed for the much-talked-about and little-progress-made Medical Mart. It would be a real shame to bulldoze anything to make way for the Medical Mart, The Sportsman's Restaurant included. (added 7/2009)

I'll be looking for some history of The Sportsman's Restaurant in the coming months. It certainly has some character. I think the men's room may have some original plumbing in it still!

Sportsman'sRestaurant.jpg Overall, it's a Corned Beef venue that I'd visit again and we'll add it to the map that we're using to track our progress.

Their take-out menu was very impressive (page one and page two) with a wide assortment of meals, sandwiches, drinks and desserts.

One of my colleagues ordered and very much enjoyed a Pastrami and Corned Beef ("The Clevelander") while I stayed with the Corned Beef.

Try them out! You can find The Sportsman's Restaurant at 101 East St. Clair in downtown Cleveland.

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Love the blog. I grew up in Cleveland in the 60s and moved to Arkansas 30 years ago. Sportsman's is on my list every year when I come home for Browns games. I get a day pass and take the RTA from the Airport to the Terminal Tower. And I'm a 5 minute walk from my signature sandwich, "The Clevelander". I usually get mine to go, and eat it on my way to the Euclid bus. Sportman's not only has a full bar, but one of the greatest collections of Browns photos throughout the place, and a huge collection of vintage baseball bobble heads. I want the incredible Jim Brown lithograph that hangs across from the lunch counter. And, yes, the men's room is an original. Get there early for lunch, since they close after the rush, anytime after 1:30 pm. I hope I die before the Medical Mart takes over the block. Don't miss this one!

Total respect to the above commenter, I agree 100% with your thoughts on this.

good good…this post deserves nothing :( …hahaha just joking :P …nice post :P

@Heit - thanks! Come to Cleveland and try out their sandwich -- their days may be numbered at this location since the County bought up the block to feed their egos with a mythical medical mart.

@Shana - Thanks for visiting. Have you tried a sandwich from Sportsman's?

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