Black Girls Appreciate the Cedar-Lee District?

The Cedar-Lee District, in Cleveland Heights, is historically known for its theater and eclectic mix of restaurants and small businesses.

As a former resident of Cleveland Heights, I always appreciated the diversity and community in this neighborhood.

While this area has been a go-to for many decades, over the past year there have been several new additions to this mile strip and few that I would like to highlight for you.

The CLE Urban Winery

The CLE Urban Winery, owned by Destiny Burns, was voted Best of the Heights Best New Business for 2017.

This once 100-year-old garage went through an amazing transformation to become one of Cedar-Lee’s hottest new areas.  Right down to the décor, the winery makes you feel right at home.

Each wine has a Cleveland-based name like my favorite, Edgewater Blackberry Merlot. At the bar, you can enjoy your wine with complimentary chocolate chips or crackers. There is also a small snack menu for purchase and if you like, you can bring your own food as well. Because it is a winery, grab a seat in front of the large window to see the winemaking magic.

The winery is always buzzing with events so check out their website and calendar. Next time you’re in the area be sure to stop in and inquire about the wine club which features some amazing perks!

Zoma Ethiopian

I travel twice a year to DC to visit my best friend. While I’m there, I insist that we have an Ethiopian meal. So imagine my excitement when I realized that Cedar-Lee was going to be home to a second Ethiopian restaurant in Northeast Ohio.

My biggest question was, “is it going to measure up to what I’ve had?’’ The answer is a resounding YES! If you’ve never had this cultural experience, bring your friends or families and get ready to have your mind and taste buds go on a journey that you’ll never forget.

I recommend sharing the Zoma special. The portion is perfect for sharing while you take in the beauty and flavors of this combination dish. 

The Fix Bistro

If you like generous portions and Creole-style cuisines, then you need to check out the Fix Bistro. Almost a year in as one of Cedar-Lee’s newest restaurants, the Fix is becoming a crowd pleaser. A quaint but cozy atmosphere makes this the perfect place to dine with family and friends.

I experienced wonderful service and the best street corn that I’ve ever had! Chef Eric Rogers and his team provide you with a culinary experience that you won’t forget.

If you're looking for a place to cheer on our sports team, The Fix has a large projection screen and full bar perfect for watching the games.       

Cedar Lee Theater

While not a "newbie" establishment in the area, the Cleveland Cinema's Cedar Lee Theater has been the pillar of this area for decades (since 1925 to be exact). It is the premiere theater for foreign, independent, and specialty films.

I recently went to a documentary screening for the first time and was quite impressed. You get the feel an old fashion theater setting with a few modern perks.


In addition to your standard refreshment counter for your popcorn, soft drinks, and snacks, there is also a bar to make your movie going experience a little more exciting.

I recommend that you check out an independent or foreign film if you get the chance to fully experience this historic treasure for yourself. Visit their website to see what's playing there now.

You won’t go wrong looking for a good time in the Cedar-Lee District! While I’ve been to most of the establishments in the area, there are few that I still need to visit.  Do me a favor and help me out. Share your favorite spot in Cedar-Lee in the comments below. I’d love to pay them a visit!