Impromptu Restaurant Reviews: Hodge’s, Cleveland
Welcome to a new feature on Eagle Totem! Since my duties as Senior Sports & Culture Writer at Eagle Totem involve some travel, I thought I’d put up reviews of various restaurants I end up visiting. (Prior to writing for Eagle Totem, I used to be a food writer, I apologize for the indulgence.)
It’s been a wonderful day in Cleveland. After a brisk walk around the city, I stopped for lunch at Hodge’s, a trendy-but-not-annoyingly-so downtown hotspot.
I started with the beer-cheese soup, which was made with PBR. That may be sound like an interesting concept, and I appreciate the ironic nature of using PBR, but it didn’t work. It would have been nice ladled on a baked potato, but not as a stand alone soup. For the gold standard in beer-cheese soup, stick with Grizzly Peak.
The Vietnamese Dip sandwich was another story. It was in essence a Banh Mi sandwich with brisket instead of pork. Served with pickled carrots and cilantro on a perfect baguette, the “dip” was a Pho broth instead of aus jus. Pretty ingenious, and pretty delicious. The sandwich came with homemade crispy tator tots and a sriracha aioli. The tots were as awesome as you are imagining, and the aioli brought legitimate heat.
Best of all, they had Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale. A taste of home behind enemy lines. Call it comfort beer.
Plenty of time left before tonight’s festivities. I’m thinking less of the individuals and more of the team. It will take all of Eastern’s parts working together to pull this win out.
But make no mistake, it can be done.