If you're headed to Progressive Field for opening day or any other Cleveland Indians game, you're sure to get hungry either before or after the game. Sometimes eating outside the ballpark is more appealing than the traditional hot dogs, cheese nachos, and beer. So check out a few of the best restaurants in and around the ballpark; one of these is inside the ballpark gates but is a whole different experience from the usual.
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Having a meal at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field is something that everyone should do at least once. The ballpark's fine dining restaurant is located at the end of the third base line and offers several levels of tables, angled toward the field with full glass windows. The menu features everything from chicken wings to burgers to a game day buffet with a choice of hot and cold entrees.
Admission to the Terrace Club comes with special Terrace Club game tickets. The venue is also available on non-game days for special events and parties.
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Flannery's, two easy blocks away from Progressive Field, is the quintessential Irish pub. The menu features Irish classics, such as Irish stew, fish and chips, and the house favorite, colcannon: a mixture of mashed potatoes, grated cabbage and carrots, garlic, and scallions. Of course, there's plenty of Guinness and Irish whiskey to accompany the food.
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Located in the heart of the East Fourth Street entertainment district about three blocks from the ballpark, Zocolo Mexican Grill combines tasty, regional Mexican cuisine with a lively atmosphere. The menu features old favorites like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos as well as more innovative creations like shrimp tacos and fish prepared in the Veracruz style with tomatoes, onions, olives, and peppers.
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Located in the shadow of Progressive Field, about two blocks away, the Lizard is the perfect place for a quick, reasonably priced bite to eat before or after the game. With a half dozen TVs, killer wings and burgers, and an extensive beer list, what more could a sports fan what? Arrive early on big game days; the place is sure to be packed.
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There's always a party at the Thirsty Parrot before and after Indians home games. The bar/restaurant has a huge deck just across Bolivar Avenue from Progressive Field. You can hear the PA announcements from the ballpark while you're having a pre-game snack or beverage. The theme is Caribbean, and the menu includes a grouper sandwich, burgers, jerk chicken wings and, of course, plenty of island-themed drinks.
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Located on Prospect in the shadow of Progressive Field, Nick's Sports Corner is half dive bar, half sports bar. The friendly, hole-in-the-wall watering hole is a welcome change from the several corporate and chain restaurants in the area. Drinks are cheap, the food is good (if a little predictable), and you can walk to the ballpark from there. All good.