Cleveland-Heath is the sort of restaurant where it's nearly impossible to save room for dessert, but you should try, especially if the cherry turnover is on the menu. Topped with vanilla ice cream, it's a simple, old-fashioned pleasure; pair it with a cup of coffee, and you'll have attained the platonic ideal of comfort food.

The wine list is modest in the best possible way: a small selection carefully thought out, drawing from all corners of the winemaking world with a minimum of ostentation. There are no beers on tap, but the beer list features mostly craft brews.

Service is among the best I've encountered in recent years, friendly and knowledgeable. Things can get a bit hectic when the restaurant is busy, but an apology accompanies any delay. Fair warning: The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so expect a wait during the prime dinner hours.

Cleveland-Heath’s soup du jour, pozole, made with braised pork, hominy, vegetables, cabbage and a spicy ailoi.
Jennifer Silverberg
Cleveland-Heath’s soup du jour, pozole, made with braised pork, hominy, vegetables, cabbage and a spicy ailoi.

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Cleveland-Heath

106 N. Main St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Collinsville/ Edwardsville

106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-307-4830.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.
Bar open till midnight Mon.-Thu., till 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Closed Sun.)

After multiple visits, I'm still not quite sure what to call the food at Cleveland-Heath to give it due credit. Upscale traditional American? Haute bar? Maybe it's best just to call it Cleveland-Heath. If nothing else, it'll help imprint Jennifer Cleveland and Eric Heath on your culinary consciousness; those are two names that I suspect we'll being hearing a lot in the years to come.

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