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Café 56 in Mayfield Heights brings a unique spin to food

Binging on a budget

Oct. 13, 2011

By Chrissy Niehaus

Drew Carey SaladAt first glance, Café 56 has all of the accoutrement necessary to be the type of restaurant that could be considered a haven for hipsters.

Funky art on the walls? Check. Homemade vegan cookies on display? Check again. A menu full of cleverly coined salads? A big check right there.

However, upon further investigation, patrons might find themselves aptly disappointed. Among all of these attributes to a funky eatery, we have a sad little frozen yogurt station. One that boasts a few bowls of sweet toppings one day and is eerily out of commission the next.

On the way to said station, be aware too of the sticky floor that threatens to keep one of your flip flops and never give it back. When you’re up to order, though, there appears to be a silver lining.

A menu lines the entire wall behind the counter, featuring 56 – yes, that’s where they get it – different salads, which come with homemade pretzel rolls.he homemade pretzel rolls.

You’ll also find a collection of sandwiches, some of which are even vegetarian friendly. Caprese, with fresh mozzarella and tomato on ciabatta, anyone?

I ordered the Drew Carey, a salad that pays homage in a way to the once plump funny man. On a bed of iceberg and romaine lettuce, we’ve got a heaping pile of cheddar cheese, olives, tomatoes and peppered grilled flank steak. But to top it all off, a smattering of steak fries are plopped right on top. Oh, and let’s not forget the creamy buttermilk ranch on the side.

While Drew Carey, the man, can succeed in satisfying my funny bone, Drew Carey the salad can do the same with my appetite. And wallet, as for $8.56, I was served up the immense salad.

The happy-go-lucky staff at Café 56 seem to have no qualms about serving up dishes to satisfy nearly everyone. But one thing is for certain and that is the fact that you should enjoy it at home.

The atmosphere leaves much to be desired, but as long as you get your grub to go, then you’re, well, good to go.

Café 56 is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and is at 1433 Som Center Road in Mayfield Heights.