Cleveland Bucket List Success

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and docks from the Goodtime III
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and docks from the Goodtime III

We’ve been trying to knock some things off the mini list we created from the Cleveland Bucket List on a monthly basis since January.

Although we haven’t been successful in doing one per month, as I had originally hoped, I do think we’ve been pretty successful in keeping up with the list thus far.

We picked a variety of things we thought were pretty doable, but it’s been difficult to squeeze them into our fairly busy weekends.

  • #4: Take a Tour on the Goodtime III
    #5: See a Movie at Cedar Lee
    – #10: Take a Tour of Gotta Groove Records
    #23: Eat at Lola
    – #27: See a Show at the Beachland Ballroom
    #44: Catch a Local Comedy Show
    – #45: Try Something New in AsiaTown
    #52: Go to Big Fun
    – #63: Tour the USS COD
    #69: Eat at Sokolowski’s
    – #73: Drink at the Harbor Inn
    #98: Eat at Hot Sauce Williams


The last show in our Playhouse Square KeyBank Broadway Series was Jersey Boys on May 10. To celebrate, we decided to finally make a reservation at Lola.

The weather was perfect so we walked to East 4th and sat outside as we enjoyed a REALLY delicious meal. Of course we tried the beef cheek pierogies, which, to me, lived up to the hype. I’m really excited about his new restaurant concept, which will be opening next door in what used to be La Strada. I need to add it to our list of places to try during the next season!

The Flats and views of downtown on our boat ride
The Flats and views of downtown on our boat ride


We made up for lost time in June by crossing several things off our list in a fun weekend with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend.

We took a narrated river and lake tour on the Goodtime III on one of the hottest days possible– we actually witnessed a food truck vendor having his son cut his jeans off to knee-length which he was flipping BBQ–but we tried to sit in the shade and take pictures.

We saw some parts of the Flats I had never seen, including the home to several Cleveland rowing teams. It made we want to explore that area a little more, especially with all the new restaurants and shops going in.

Sitting down to some Hot Sauce Williams classics
Sitting down to some Hot Sauce Williams classics

Afterward we traveled east to have a late lunch at Hot Sauce Williams, which has long been on my husband’s wish list. The service wasn’t terribly friendly, but our food was very good.

We ended the afternoon in Cleveland Heights, stepping into several downtown shops, including Big Fun. I had some major expectations given all the personal recommendations I’ve received, but I wasn’t overly impressed.

It was neat seeing some toys for sale that I played with during my childhood–the nostalgia component was fun, but since we weren’t buying anything it was just window shopping, and we didn’t stay long.

The summer looks like it’s going to be busy despite our best efforts not to fill up our weekends, but hopefully we can tackle the remaining items without too much trouble.

If anyone has a recommendations re: trying something new in AsiaTown, I am open to suggestions!

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