We were this close to eating at Alley Cat Oyster Bar during opening week back in August. But, as is often the case, three months quickly passed before we made it there for a long-overdue date night. Such is life with young kids.
But at least we did make it, even if it wasn’t quite according to plan.
Located on the banks of the Cuyahoga, the setting sure is nice. Although we didn’t get to eat outside, there’s a nice patio right on the water from which you can watch the boats pass and the sun set. The interior is rather industrial-looking; I did like the light fixtures, though I’d lean toward more of a modernized New England feel, but that’s just me. And truly, I don’t care how a restaurant decorates, I just like to give a little background.
The menu is obviously heavy on the seafood, with a good variety of fresh oysters (10+), although chicken, beef, and pork can also be found. Options skew seasonally, for example, sweet potato hash and celery root puree, both currently available. You should know what you’re getting yourself into if you go to an oyster bar, but even if you have to drag along a non-seafoodie, there should be something for them as well.