Even though our overnight stay in Cuyahoga Valley National Park was a quick one, good food was still part of the equation. Although the park itself is pretty desolate, it’s only a 15 minute drive from Hudson, Ohio, a charming and historic suburban town (Cleveland is roughly 35 miles away). So with charming and historic come plenty of worthy food options.
Although I debated between a couple of places, I ended up choosing Downtown 140 and it was a great selection. It’s an upscale eatery (more sophisticated food options, higher menu prices) but just what you want when you’re in the mood for a more classy dining experience. Located right on Main Street, it’s actually located in the basement so it enjoys a neat “cellar like” feel. (Word of advice, go in the back door as the maître ‘d’s desk is actually in the back, not on the Main Street entrance side.)
To get started, I ordered one of my new favorite drinks, a Moscow Mule (I came somewhat late to the MM party), and D a Great Lakes beer since we were in the Buckeye State. For our appetizer, we split the Pork Belly ($11). This featured potato, truffle, Bourbon, scallion, and a sunny side egg. It was good although there was a bit of fat to it (it didn’t beat my all-time favorite pork belly at Pittsburgh’s Butcher and the Rye).
For their pasta options they actually offer both half and full size portions (another restaurant in Ohio did this, and being a smaller eater I really like this choice). So I went with the half size portion of the Gnocchi ($12). This came with beef short rib, Pecorino Romano, and parsley. The full size portion is $24.
Since I had gone with the half size portion, I ended up ordering a side to accompany the gnocchi even though it was a slightly odd selection with pasta-Roasted Root Vegetables ($8) which came topped with feta and watercress. Although I’ll always prefer green vegetables over carrots and turnips, they’re never a bad thing either.
D opted for the Wagyu Sirloin ($32) for his main course. For meat selections you can choose the accompaniments and sauce. He went for the broccolini, carrots, and mushrooms and topped with the Bordelaise sauce. He liked it but was sad he “couldn’t” get the $125 special prime rib.
I was much too stuffed to even contemplate dessert although I have no doubt they were delicious. Dining at Downtown 140 was the perfect treat to a perfect overnight getaway. If you happen to be in the Cleveland metro area, I wholeheartedly recommend dining here.
140 N Main St, Hudson, OH 44236