Myxx up the weekend

September 15th, 2011

Cleveland Heights’ recent renovation on Cedar Road has become a quiet sensation that if people aren’t already talking about, they certainly will be after they have their first experience at Myxx.

What used to be Jillian’s Billiards Club in the Cedar-Fairmount area has undergone a substantial transformation to become a 9,600- square-foot up-and-coming restaurant and bar called Myxx.

Owner Kim Lisboa and friends came up with the catchphrase “Drink. Dine. Dégagé;” dégagé coming from the French term meaning to “relax and unwind.”

Myxx is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

A range of patrons come and enjoy dining options including small appetizers and entrees and, as the night advances, make their way to the dance floor. Currently, a DJ is providing the music, but starting in October, live bands will perform.

Myxx is a place that is off the map right now, but noise is starting to get out about the new place.

The dish that I was lucky enough to try was the Boursin stuffed chicken.

As if I wasn’t already completely impressed by the atmosphere of Myxx, when the dish came out of the kitchen, the presentation was beautiful. There in front of me lay a perfectly cooked chicken breast covered in a mushroom marsala sauce on top of rich and creamy risotto with diced grape tomatoes. The Food Network would have been impressed with this dish as it not only looked beautiful, but also maintained a strong, flavorful taste.

If you are looking for something different to eat, Myxx has a variety of different foods that span from $10 up into the mid-$20 range.

The sweet sausage stuffed banana peppers start out $10. Penne a la Vodka with roasted tomato cream sauce is $12. The blackened grouper with garlic mashed potaoes, sautéed green beans and fresh tomato salsa is on the more expensive end at $26.

Although the main dishes may be a little pricey, the quality of the food is well worth it.

Myxx is about more than just food – it provides entertainment and a fun atmoshpere for customers.

For all of you Cleveland Browns fans, Myxx has an offer that you won’t be able to refuse: every Sunday that the Browns are home, there will be a shuttle leaving from the bar at noon to take up to 40 people to the stadium and back to Myxx. The shuttle is sponsored by Budweiser.

Tailgating is encouraged, and the shuttle will be stocked with drinks for you to enjoy during the trip to the stadium.

As for the rest of you who are looking to enjoy the game in a more comfortable setting, Myxx offers five flat screen televisions as well as a projector in the back room showing the game.

Myxx has another twist that most other bars and restaurants around this area can’t compete with: the walls are covered with artwork from local students at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

For those 21 and older, the bar offers Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer as well as a variety of over 35 other great selections. As we roll into the fall season, each month there will be new flavors of infused vodka martinis being released along with tequila, habañero, basil, jalapeño and cilantro mixed drinks.

Conveniently located between downtown and campus, it is the perfect place to be if you are in need of a satisfying dining experience.