By now you've surely met someone in Cleveland that has insisted you try Barroco. I have heard about this little restaurant in Lakewood for years, but only went for the first time a month ago. I ordered the cheesy corn (basically like chips and queso, only instead of tortilla chips, you get thick fried arepa), the La Gringa arepa, a side of maduros (carmelized plantains), and a glass of white sangria. It was one of the best meals I ate at a Cleveland restaurant in 2016-- so delicious that I had to return just a few weeks later and order the exact same meal & drink!
For years, Barroco did not have a liquor license, but you could bring in your own alcohol. They recently obtained a liquor license and have since added margaritas, sangria, beer and more to their menu. While Barroco is definitely more of a restaurant, not a bar, it's a great place to grab a drink and some food. The atmosphere is lively and reflects the colorful, vibrant culture of Colombia. Colorful lights, brightly painted walls, and eclectic decor complete the picture. You may even get lucky and have some live music.
Barroco is located in the Birdtown neighborhood at the eastern end of Lakewood. There are a few bars within walking distance if you're looking to explore and hop around to a few places. Grab a drink at Barroco, then walk across the street to Griffin's Cider House. Soon, there will be a bar next door to Griffin's, L.B.M., which is set to open early this year. Mahall's and Taco Tontos are also nearby.
Relax and experience one the many cultures Cleveland has to offer at Barroco, Lakewood's favorite Colombian grill. You won't regret it!
PS- Wondering "WTF is an arepa?" I wasn't sure either until I read about it on Barroco's menu, shown below.