Of my time spent in Cleveland, I had never set foot in this somewhat newish development, but was pretty impressed.
Reminds me a bit of a cross between the pedestrian area in the Arena District (in the stretch where Gordon Biersch and The R Bar are at) and Pearl/Lynn Alleys. Lots of energy on a Saturday night.
We ate at Zocalo (across the street from Lola) and enjoyed it. Good cheap drinks, and mostly-traditional semi-upscale mexican cuisine. I'm not going to go into an indepth restaurant review, but I will quickly say that the food was tasty, the atmosphere was excellent, and the live music (jimmy buffet covers) was god awful. I imagine that would be improved on a weeknight.
That being said... MAN do I hate driving to Cleveland. We took an extra long route to spend some time with family near Canton over the weekend, but still, I can't think of a worse way to spend a sleepy Sunday afternoon than driving southbound on 71 back to Columbus. Traffic isn't entirely congested on a non-holiday, but it's bad enough to where I can't just set the cruse control and relax. Even though we wouldn't have been able to take advantage of the proposed 3C service this weekend (East 4th Street is a one mile walk from the Amtrak station BTW), I would have loved to have had some of those extra cars off the road and bodies inside of a train.
So yeah... hurry up and build the 3-C, Ohio! So that I can consider spending more money in The Cleve.