Nachos, slushies, tteokbokki & more: Yelp Cleveland’s winter food trends for 2023

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — As Community Director of Yelp Cleveland, Lauren Kotmel oversees a vibrant and bustling community of locals who drink, shop and play around town via Yelp’s peer recommendations. I’m here. Winter is here. Lauren gave us the scoop on the various food and drink trends sweeping Cleveland. Greater Cleveland Enjoy the season and find new favorite spots at small business local favorites in her area.

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Winter vegetables are trending again, and Cleveland companies are serving butternut squash in a variety of ways. Enjoy butternut squash risotto on toast. (Featured by Judy Begg on

butternut squash

Winter vegetables are trending again, and Cleveland companies are serving butternut squash in a variety of ways. Warm up with butternut squash soup from Fat Cats or savor butternut squash risotto from Toast. For a modern touch, try Marsh’s Small Plates with Salt’s Butternut Squash.

Yam Village Oxtail Cuisine

Yelp searches for oxtail are up 45%. Expand your palette with Yam Village’s Jerk Oxtail with Rice and Truffle Oil Greens. (Featured by Judy Begg on


Oxtail is the culinary name for a cow’s tail, and searches for oxtail on Yelp are up 45%. This beef is the perfect size for stewing and slow cooking, and often has a rich flavor. Expand your palette with Jerk Oxtail with Rice and Truffle Oil Greens at Yum Village or Oxtail Dinner with Rasta Pasta and Braised Cabbage at Ella’s Caribbean Grill.


This boiled rice cake is a popular Korean street food with a kick. Flavorful tteokbokki can be described as sweet, spicy, or savory. The satisfying taste and bright red sauce make it the perfect home-cooked dish for winter. Grab local tteokbokki at Seoul Garden, Ha Ahn Korean Restaurant, or Korea House.

Tabletop board game cafe

Locally, you can find the iconic wine smoothie ‘slushie’ at tabletop board game cafes. (Featured by Judy Begg on


Yelpers continue to search for the best slushy drinks available nationwide. In 2023, we expect restaurants to expand this frozen drink trend. Searches for slushy drinks increased 77% this year. Locally, you’ll find CLE Urban Winery’s iconic wine slushies and Tabletop wine smoothie “slushies.”

Forage Public House Nachos

Served with maroon potato chips, Amish chicken, cheese, veggies, and more, Forage Public House’s Cleveland nachos are tempting. (Featured by Judy Begg on


The creative nachos have taken hold. Whether you like cheese, vegan, crunchy or meat, this customizable nostalgic dish is the perfect snack. Forage Public House Cleveland Nachos topped with maroon crisps, Amish chicken, cheese, vegetables and more I want to eat it. At ABC the Tavern, pulled Jamaican jerk chicken nachos with homemade tortillas and his chips are a treat, but El Carnierco’s buffalo nachos provide another kick.

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