My talented, vivacious, beautiful friend Aubrey offered me two tickets to see Waitress at Playhouse Square in Cleveland last month, so I invited my mom along and we made a night of it! (We had less than 24 hours notice so it was a whirlwind!)

Knowing how Cleveland gets on a Friday night, Mom and I arrived in the city roughly 2 hours before showtime. (Fortunately the Cavs were out of town!) We parked across from the theater and decided to find some noms before the show. Rookie mistakes: Reservations are a must in Cleveland on a Friday night in the theater district. Lol

Fortunately, after putting our names on a waiting list and flashing our puppy-dog eyes, we snagged a table at Cowell & Hubbard, an upscale eatery a block down from the show. Our sever was only three days into his job and so nervous but so so good! He explained all the specials to us and obliged our weird orders and time restraints.

Mom and I each got an appetizer. She ordered Foie Gras (BLEH) and I got chicken spring rolls. Our second course was a cup of tomato bisque for me and Brussels sprouts salad for Mom.

To be totally honest, nothing really impressed me (except the service). My soup was ok but not spectacular and my chicken spring rolls weren’t the best I’d ever had. But then we ordered dessert…

Oh em gee. My caramel apple cheesecake was awesome. Mom got the peanut butter and jelly creme brulee and it was killer. Seriously… a ridiculously good note to end on.

After dinner we hightailed it to the box office to retrieve out tix and find our seats. After a quick hug and “hello” to Aubrey and her fiancee Alyssa we found our seats and settled in.

I loved this musical. There were a handful of story lines that I didn’t agree with, but I think that’s what made the story so beautiful and relateable and real. All the characters were flawed but the best ones exuded so much kindness. And the music? Sara Bareilles is a composing goddess. If this musical comes to a theater near you, I recommend you go πŸ™‚

Thank you to my mom for going with me last minute! (And for reserving judgement when I cried like a toddler for the last 20 minutes of the show.) And THANK YOU to Aubrey for the tickets!!

The best part might have been Sara Bareilles coming out at the final curtain. I just really love her. It made me cry even harder.
When spontaneous nights are this incredible it lifts your soul.

36 thoughts on “Waitress in Cleveland

  1. What a fun night out!! It sounds like the musical was fantastic, I am not sure if it will come here or not…I will have to look. And it sounds like dessert was the main attraction at that place and can certainly make up for the other food haha.


  2. I love anything musical or play. So entertaining. I’m always in awe of all the actors in these things.

    As long as dessert is good, everything else can be bad πŸ˜‰


    1. The cast for Waitress was awesome! Jason Mraz is actually touring with them now! I wish I’d have seen it with him! Although the guy who played his character was awesome, too!


  3. it’s coming here this month, and my mom is trying to get a couple extra tickets to bring the girls…they saw it in new york and said it was amazing. i am crossing my fingers and toes now after seeing your experience!


  4. I know exactly what you mean about nights like that lifting your soul! So glad you had one of those ❀ and umm THAT CHEESECAKE!


  5. Oh my gosh, what a wonderful time. Sara Bareilles was there?! Wow! Is she always there?
    This looks like a great show and I hope it comes to my theatre at some point. I have season passes and I’d love to see it.
    That dessert looks unreal. YUM.


    1. I don’t THINK she’s always with them, but she was in Cleveland. My friend Aubrey actually got to interview Sara. I am/was soooo jealous! Hopefully you get to see the musical!


  6. It’s based on the movie right?

    Holy balls dinner looks AMAZING! I’m glad you guys got in and glad you made the whole night happen on little notice.


  7. Oh my gosh! This looks like such a fun night and the musical sounds great. The #1 thing I miss about living in New York and Connecticut is being able to go to NYC and see the Broadway shows all of the time. However, we do have a theatre here in Hawaii that puts on shows like that. I have never been, but I got tickets to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s going to be Nick’s birthday present since his birthday is December 7. I’m so excited!


    1. I think it’d be awesome to be in a place like NYC for the theatrical aspect. I don’t know about the crowds or city life aspect. Hahaha. I think A Charlie Brown Christmas sounds awesome!!


  8. I find that often with “fancy” restaurants… I don’t love it. LOL. The dessert sounds great though,and is often an exception! We ended up buying tickets after you went to see it in KC later this month!! πŸ™‚ I am so excited!! I love the movie, but I was on the fence about the music. KC was pretty indifferent, but it’s on my 10,000 day bday.. so I picked. πŸ˜› So glad you guys had fun! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things


    1. We’re going to another musical this month at the same theater and we’re trying out a different restaurant. Fingers crossed for that one!!
      I hope you love the musical!!I’ve never seen the movie and I don’t usually like musicals, but I really really enjoyed Waitress πŸ™‚


    1. We loved it so much we’re dragging our husbands (my dad and my husband) plus my brother and his wife up there in a few weeks for Wicked. I’m so excited!!


  9. Looks like you had a wonderful evening with your mom. The food looks so good and the desserts look amazing πŸ™‚


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