I was in Cleveland in late October for a conference, and the better dining options near our hotel (The Renaissance) included the Blue Point Grille. My first visit (on the opening night of my conference), was in a party of 15 or so, ordering from a limited menu.
You know how that can go, right? In this case it actually went very well - the menu included salmon, grouper, scallops, filet. Despite my misgivings about ordering scallops this far from the Atlantic ocean, they were actually quite good.
My second visit, the very next night, was with a party of 9, ordering from the regular menu. My advice to you is as follows: This is a seafood restaurant. Order seafood. If you want steak, the XO Prime Steaks is across the street (see my review).
The table worked its way through lobster rangoons, firecracker chicken spring rolls, and cornmeal crusted calamari appetizers, all consumed with gusto. For the second night in a row, I had the excellent bisque (tomato the first night, lobster the second) - if it is on the menu, order it.
Dinner was seared yellowfin tuna, prepared exactly as promised (15-30 seconds per side in a screaming hot pan - still cool and sashimi on the interior. A fresh, sweet piece of fish, done right.
The rest of the table was equally pleased with their orders: Grouper; a "never frozen" king crab special that was expensive, but featured enormous crab legs that the diners reported were outstanding; salmon.
To the everlasting wonder of my dining companions, I finished the night with an absinthe, prepared the proper way with sugar cube, absinthe spoon, and absinthe fountain.
Cast aside your preconceived notions about seafood; really good seafood can be found only a couple of blocks from the shores of Lake Erie.
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