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Issue Date: April 2013

Hello CLE: Dining Guide

H: Wheelchair Access T: Reservations Recommended P: Patio (seasonal) C: A Cleveland Independents Restaurant
S: 2012 silver spoon award winner Average Entree // $ : under $8 $$ : $8-$16 $$$ : $17-$24 $$$$ : over $24

[ downtown ]

Blue Point Grille seafood

700 W St Clair Ave, 216-875-7827. This Warehouse District staple has been voted one of Cleveland's best seafood restaurants 13 years running. Serves fresh seafood and thick steaks. Sophisticated, friendly service. Award-winning wine list. H S $$$$

Brasa Grill brazilian steakhouse

1300 W Ninth St, 216-575-0699. Brazilian steakhouse serving 13 rotisserie meats, seafood, antipasti and salads. $40 prix fixe. H T P $$$$

Chinato italian

2079 E Fourth St, 216-298-9080. Chef Zack Bruell serves a refined interpretation of rustic Italian comfort food. These are not oversized portions drenched in red sauce and cheese. Dishes are simple in ingredients and style but heavy on flavor and presentation. And like his other Cleveland restaurants, expect a fine dining experience without the white-tablecloth pretentiousness or price tag. H C S $$$

Cowell & Hubbard french

1305 Euclid Ave, 216-479-0555. At his fifth Cleveland restaurant, chef Zack Bruell serves what he calls "cuisine vanguard," his interpretation of modern Parisian cuisine. The 140-seat restaurant, which features a jewelry vault for private dining, takes its name from the store that sold fine jewelry in the space from 1920 until 1981. H T C $$$

The Greenhouse Tavern contemporary

2038 E Fourth St, 216-443-0511. There has been no shortage of well-earned praise for Ohio's first green restaurant and its chef Jonathon Sawyer. The French-influenced restaurant embraces sustainability at every turn from its recycled decor and energy-efficient bathrooms to a relentless focus on local, fresh ingredients. H T P $$$

Hodge's contemporary/american

668 Euclid Ave, 216-771-4000. Dim and Den Sum food truck founder Chris Hodgson's first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Look for food truck favorites, such as the PBLT (pulled pork BLT), on the lunch menu and contemporary entrees with a comfort feel at dinner. H T P $$$

John Q's Steakhouse steaks

55 Public Square, 216-861-0900. Choose from melt-in-your-mouth certified Angus beef, black pepper strip steak, pork chops or a 24-ounce porterhouse. H P C $$$$

Lola contemporary/american

2058 E Fourth St, 216-621-5652. Located in a historic building in downtown's East Fourth Street neighborhood. Seasonal menu from chef Michael Symon features sustainable cuisine focused on local and natural farms, seafood and meats. H T P $$$$

Mallorca spanish/portuguese

1390 W Ninth St, 216-687-9494. Specializing in Spanish and Portuguese continental cuisine that breaks free of the tired meat and potato dishes. Fresh fish arrive daily and are the stars of most of the 40-plus entrees at this white-tablecloth Warehouse District spot. H T P S $$$$

Muse contemporary/american

1515 W Third St, 216-902-5255. Innovative American cuisine featuring fresh regional and organic ingredients. Works by local artists featured on the walls. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon-Sat, Sun brunch. H $$$$

Noodlecat japanese

234 Euclid Ave, 216-589-0007. Jonathon Sawyer's Japanese noodle house features three kinds of noodles. The menu includes traditional noodles, Tokyo noodles and mash-ups, which can all be personalized with extras. H S $$

Osteria di Valerio e Al italian

408 W St Clair Ave, 216-685-9490. A white-tablecloth restaurant with a newly remodeled dining room tucked away in a cozy Warehouse District spot. Traditional and contemporary Tuscan and Piedmontese cuisine. H T $$$-$$$$

Otto Moser's Restaurant american

1425 Euclid Ave, 216-771-3831. Established in 1892, Otto Moser's is Cleveland's oldest restaurant. Located in the heart of PlayhouseSquare, it offers a variety of deli items for lunch and full dinner for pre-theater dining. H T P $$

Pura Vida contemporary

170 Euclid Ave, 216-987-0100. Under the motto "live for today," this latest concept from chef Brandt Evans brings gourmet lunch and dinner to Public Square with house-cured meats, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The 26,000 LED ceiling lights add a pop of color and shifting moods to a contemporary white and gray atmosphere. H P $$

Sans Souci french/mediterranean

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, 216-696-4095. Cuisine reflects the styles of coastal Italy, Spain and Morocco with specialties from Provence in a relaxed, French country atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. H T $$$-$$$$

Slyman's Restaurant deli

3106 St Clair Ave, 216-621-3760. A deli-style restaurant famous for its corned beef sandwiches stacked high. Established in 1964 by Joseph Slyman, whose family still operates the place. S $-$$

[ east side ]

Accent asian

11460 Uptown Ave, Cleveland, 216-721-8477. Chef and owner Scott Kim has created an Asian-influenced menu that is healthful and full of flavor. Look for dishes prepared on the innovative high-heat Robata grill or Josper oven. H T P C $$$$

B Spot american

28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-292-5567. In classic Michael Symon fashion, there's no shortage of meat on the menu of this burger and bratwurst joint. Handmade patties are topped with bacon and bologna, and milkshakes come with a shot of bourbon. Dining is casual and service is quick. H S $-$$

Big Al's Diner american

12600 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-791-8550. If you're hungry, get here early. There's guaranteed to be a line out the door at Big Al's, where breakfast is an institution. Classic American diner fare is cooked to order at this no-frills spot where Michael Symon dubbed the corned beef hash, "The best thing I ever ate." H $

Club Isabella continental

2175 Cornell Road, Cleveland, 216-229-1111. Fabio Mota recreates the once-popular spot in Little Italy, this time focusing on European-style cafe fare, an intercontinental wine list and 10 specialty cocktails. Grab a drink, and try your hand at the three-hole putting course out front. H T P $$$

Fire Food & Drink american

13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-921-3473. "Simple yet inventive" best describes the seasonal American specialties at Fire. The focus here is on locally grown produce as well as roasted meats and fish prepared in wood-fire ovens. Sat and Sun brunch. H T P C $$$$

Flour italian

34205 Chagrin Blvd, Moreland Hills, 216-464-3700. Leave behind all preconceived notions of Italian cooking. Chefs Paul Minnillo and Matt Mytro offer the kind of from-scratch food you'd find in Italy, including pastas, meats cured in-house and pizza from a wood-burning oven. It's rustic Italian fare in a modern setting. H T P C $$$

Geraci's italian

2266 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights, 216-371-5643. Serving pizza and Italian dishes for more than 50 years in a comfortable and relaxed family setting. Hand-tossed pizza features great Italian-style pepperoni. H C S $$

Giovanni's italian

25550 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, 216-831-8625. This five-star restaurant has been a Cleveland institution for 36 years. A Northern Italian-influenced menu features entrees such as Maryland crab and shrimp cakes, and chilled, marinated sweetwater prawns, plus chops and pasta. H $$$$

Harvest Kitchen & Lounge american

33730 Bainbridge Road, Solon, 440-349-6520. This spot is small on space but big on chef Mike Longo's new American cuisine, sourcing locally whenever possible. Bar offerings include craft beers, nearly 150 wine selections, a large bourbon selection and a playful martini list. H T P $$-$$$

Hot Sauce Williams BBQ american

7815 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, 216-391-2230. A Cleveland institution for soul food items such as ribs, shack-fried chicken and house-made barbecue sauces. Try the pork shoulder or the Polish boy. H S $$

Inn on Coventry american

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-1811. Home cooking includes all-day breakfasts and fresh desserts. Sun brunch features lemon ricotta pancakes. H P $$

L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar french

11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, 216-791-7880. This intimate French brasserie from chef Zack Bruell features rustic, hearty cuisine and Cleveland's only fromager, who runs the restaurant's cheese board and offers a rotating selection of the world's best cheeses. H P C S $$$

La Dolce Vita italian

12112 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-721-8155. Upscale yet casual Italian bistro. Specialties include red pepper ravioli and chicken saltimboca. H T P C $$$

The Mad Greek Restaurant greek/indian

2466 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-421-3333. Half the menu is contemporary Greek fare while the other half boasts traditional Indian dishes, such as chicken tikka. H P S $$

Mama Santa's italian

12305 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-231-9567. Hearty portions of Sicilian cooking at bargain prices. Choose from pizza, veal parmigiana and house-made pastas. H S $-$$

Map of Thailand thai

3710 Payne Ave, 216-361-2220. The extensive menu from chef and owner Chinnawatt Scott features dishes from all regions of Thailand, including the popular pad thai. While no alcohol is served, guests can bring their own. H $$

Michaelangelo's italian

2198 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-721-0300. True Italian cuisine and daily specials created by chef Michael Annandono in a smart, sophisticated setting. Full bar and extensive wine list. H T P C $$$$

Moxie the Restaurant american

3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-831-5599. Guests can choose from house-made small, medium or large plates, opting to dine traditionally or in a shared-plate style at this progressive American bistro. The style is industrial contemporary with colorful nouveau murals and chrome accents. Food and wine tastings and events are the norm here with wine dinners the third Thu of the month. H T P C $$$-$$$$

Nighttown american

12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550. Traditional American cuisine specializing in steaks, chops and seafood. Casual, turn-of-the-century pub atmosphere with live jazz most nights. H T P C $$-$$$

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant japanese

1763 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-320-2302. A fusion of authentic Japanese cuisine with Japanese-American dishes. Coventry Road location features Malaysian cuisine. H T S $$$

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar latin american

28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-896-9020. Nuevo Latino restaurant with fresh guacamole and a wide rum selection. Latin comfort food, seafood, steaks and chops. H T P C S $$-$$$

Peppermint Thai Cuisine thai

30769 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike, 216-464-5432. Large variety of Thai cuisine prepared with lean cuts of beef, poultry and seafood. Vegetarian dishes available. Full liquor license. H $$

Provenance contemporary

Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-707-2600. Chef Doug Katz brings a global menu using locally sourced ingredients to one of the country's best art museums. Special prix fixe menus will be inspired by special exhibitions. H T C $$

Radius french

16575 S Franklin St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-1300. On a former 90-acre horse farm and overlooking a lake, Radius serves views and an intimate fine dining experience. The menu, designed by French-trained chef Ali Barker, changes weekly. H T P C $$-$$$

Red, the Steakhouse steaks

3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-831-2252. A modern steakhouse with Mediterranean influences. Prime steaks, pastas and seafood in a classical yet modern presentation. H T P C S $$$$

Rockefeller's american

3099 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-0477. Taking over the second-floor space in the Heights Rockefeller building, chef Jill Vedaa presents a seasonal American menu with Latin-Asian flair. Divided into a lounge and restaurant, the space mirrors the hall of a medieval castle, making Rockefeller's an architecturally interesting place to dine. H T $$-$$$

Saffron Patch indian

20600 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights, 216-295-0400. Authentic, fine Indian cuisine featuring tandoori chicken, idli, dosas, and vegetarian and nonvegetarian curries. Carryout and catering. H $$-$$$

Sasa japanese

13120 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-767-1111. Features izakaya (Japanese-style tapas) in small, medium and large portions, as well as sushi and a 60-sake list selected by chef and owner Scott Kim. The decor is minimalist, accented only in shades of black, white and red. An open kitchen allows diners a great view of food preparation. H T P C $$

Sergio's Sarava brazilian

13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-295-1200. Sarava evokes the rhythm, sophistication and energy of Brazilian street life. In addition to entrees, the menu features an array of small plates that encourage diners to discover new flavors in a fun, relaxing environment. Full bar, happy hour 5-6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. H T P C $$$

Superior Pho vietnamese

3030 Superior Ave, Cleveland, 216-781-7462. An original and authentic pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) house in AsiaTown. H S $

Table 45 contemporary

InterContinental Hotel Cleveland, 9801 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, 216-707-4045. Features chef Zack Bruell's world cuisine, an eclectic blend of ingredients hailing from a variety of cultures. Essentialist decor designed by architect Bill Blunden. H P C $$$-$$$$

Tommy's vegetarian

1824 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-7757. Although meat is on the menu here, vegetarian and vegan dishes draw a clientele as diverse as the food. Customer favorites include spinach pies, hummus, milkshakes and veggie burgers. H S $

Washington Place Bistro & Inn american

2203 Cornell Road, Cleveland, 216-791-6500. Adding American flavor to the Little Italy neighborhood, this restaurant serves up familiar comforts made with local cheeses, produce and meats. The brownstone mansion, once home to the Baricelli Inn, has been remodeled to offer a more casual feel with a stonework bar and booth seating. H T P $$$

[ west side ]

Amp 150 contemporary

Cleveland Airport Marriott, 4277 W 150th St, Cleveland, 216-252-5333. Located in the renovated Marriott, this restaurant doesn't offer your typical hotel dining experience; it's better. Chef Jeff Jarrett commits to using local products on his inventive menu that emphasizes small plates, farm-to-table cooking and imaginative combinations. H T $$-$$$

Angelo's Pizza italian

13715 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-221-0440. A classic mom-and-pop pizza place taken to the next level. Pan pizza or traditional crust. Also pasta, sandwiches, salads, wings and desserts. H P S $$

Bác Asian American Bistro & Bar asian

2661 W 14th St, Cleveland, 216-938-8960. Owner Bac Nguyen turns his childhood Asian culinary influences on their heads with traditional dishes such as banh mi and pork rangoon and others that blend several cultures, including guacamole mixed with bacon and grilled pork chops topped with a fried egg. Creative, Asian-inspired cocktails are a must try. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-6 p.m. H T P S $$

The Black Pig american/french

1865 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-862-7551. Chef and owner Michael Nowak gets creative with his first restaurant, which focuses on seasonally prepared, French-inspired dishes. The warm, casual interior leads to a 40-seat patio with views of the Cleveland skyline. French wines and locally brewed beers are available. H T P $$$

Bonbon Pastry & Cafe bistro

2549 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-375-8437. Courtney Bonning relocates her bakery and expands it into a European-style cafe. The sweet and savory all-day brunch menu includes seasonal items. Wine glass pours and regional microbrews are selected to complement the food. H P $$

Bubba's Q World Famous Bar-B-Q & Catering american

820 Center Road, Avon, 440-937-7859. Award-winning Southern barbecue with baby back and St. Louis-style ribs, and signature deboned baby back rib steak. Also offering smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken and house-made sides. Sports-themed atmosphere featuring former Cleveland Brown Al "Bubba" Baker. H P S $$-$$$

Chez Francois french

555 Main St, Vermilion, 440-967-6073. Beef Wellington and grilled salmon are popular entrees at this French restaurant featuring the upscale bar Touché and the Parisian Room for private dining. T P S $$$$

Crop Bistro & Bar contemporary

2537 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-2767. Chef Steve Schimoler is back with his innovative American cuisine that changes with each season. The new location in the United Bank Building has twice the space as the former Warehouse District locale, offering room for a bigger bar and a large chef's table. H T C $$$$

Dante contemporary

2247 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-274-1200. Chef Dante Boccuzzi reinvents his namesake restaurant in Tremont, offering the same modern American cuisine in the former Third Federal Bank building. Diners can sit in the vault or reserve the chef's table in the kitchen for an up-close experience. T P $$-$$$

Deagan's Kitchen & Bar gastropub

14810 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-767-5775. Far beyond the realm of pub grub (though you can get that here, too), this casual spot offers house favorites such as chicken and waffles, bacon, pea and Gruyere macaroni and cheese, and shrimp tacos. Wash it down with vintage cocktails or one of 28 beers on tap. Once TV-filled walls have been replaced by brick and reclaimed wood that give Deagan's a rustic feel. H S $$

Fahrenheit american

2417 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-781-8858. Eclectic appetizers, pastas, entrees and specialty pizzas by chef Rocco Whalen in a smart, stylish setting. H T P $$$-$$$$

Fat Cats american

2061 W 10th St, Cleveland, 216-579-0200. Many of the seasonal ingredients on chef Ricardo Sandoval's menu come from a nearby urban garden. It's fitting for the house-turned-funky-eatery, hailed by Bon Appétit as one of the country's best neighborhood restaurants. The Fat Monday special features any appetizer, entree and dessert combo for $25. Full bar. Sat brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. P $$$

Flying Fig contemporary

2523 Market Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-4243. An upscale, eclectic menu with a contemporary American feel. Locally sourced ingredients. Fresh baked breads and focaccia. H P C S $$$-$$$$

Ginko japanese

2247 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-274-1202. Dante Boccuzzi adds modern flair to traditional Japanese dining in the basement of his namesake restaurant, Dante. Fish is flown in for the menu that includes a sushi bar, appetizers, desserts, shabu shabu and daily specials. The bar offers sake and sake cocktails. $$$$

Happy Dog american

5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-651-9474. As the name suggests, the only things on the menu here are $5, quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs and vegan hot dogs. But with 50 toppings to choose from at no additional cost, the choices are anything but limited. The Underdog area below also serves a limited number of burgers on Thu nights. H S $

The Harp irish

4408 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-939-0200. A casual, Irish-designed pub with a fun, homey atmosphere. The large, brick patio offers beautiful views of Lake Erie. All desserts and bread are house-made, including the Guinness ice cream brownie sundae, which goes well with the house-blended Irish coffee or one of a dozen beers on tap. H P $$

Heck's Cafe american

2927 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-5464. Entrees at this Ohio City restaurant include chicken, beef, pasta, fresh seafood and some of the best hamburgers in Cleveland. Complete your meal with desserts and coffee. H P $$$

Jammy Buggars gastropub

15625 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-767-5922. This neighborhood hangout with about 20 beers on draft, mostly craft microbrews, and 20-30 bottles offers comfort food such as mac and cheese, fish and chips, grass-fed beef burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. Trivia nights on Wed. H S C $$

Le Petit Triangle Cafe french

1881 Fulton Road, Cleveland, 216-281-1881. Casual, charming cafe featuring French-influenced salads, sandwiches, crepes, soups and entrees. Full bar, wine bar, coffee drinks. Now open Mon. P S $$

Light Bistro american

2801 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, 216-771-7130. A progressive American menu of small plates, pizzas, burgers, paninis and full entrees from ostrich to salmon. Seasonal dishes are crafted by chef Matthew Mathlage. The newly expanded dining room offers the air of fine dining but with an urban feel from brick exposed walls and contemporary art. Also features a retail wine shop with about 150 varieties. H T P C S $$$-$$$$

Lolita mediterranean

900 Literary Road, Cleveland, 216-771-5652. Chef Michael Symon's Mediterranean bistro in Tremont. Featuring house-cured meats, house-made pastas, Neapolitan pizzas and a wood-burning oven. Closed Mon. H T P S $$-$$$

Luchita's Mexican Restaurant mexican

3456 W 117th St, Cleveland, 216-252-1169. These popular, family-run restaurants serve authentic Mexican cuisine created with high-quality ingredients. T S $$

Lucky's Cafe american

777 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, 216-622-7773. Bakery/cafe serving handcrafted comfort foods and baked goods from Sweet Mosaic with an emphasis on seasonal, local products. Sandwiches on house-made bread. Open seven days a week.P S $$

Luxe Kitchen & Lounge contemporary

6605 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-920-0600. A green-friendly, forward-thinking restaurant with reused and refurbished furniture, a full-service bar, handcrafted cocktails and a menu that features artisinal pizzas. Open at 5 p.m. for dinner. Sun brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. H P C $$-$$$

Market american

1137 Linda St, Rocky River, 440-799-4292. The attitude here is playful with a modern rustic decor that emulates an upscale pub atmosphere and dishes that include pretzel pickle chips, Thai peanut shrimp sautee and braised beef short ribs. The bar also offers 24 beers on tap. Sun brunch. H P $$$

Melt Bar & Grilled american

14718 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-3699. Cozy bar featuring 30 variations of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, salads and house-made soups. More than 130 domestic and imported beers, top-shelf liquor and a small but smart wine list. H P C S $$

Momocho mexican

1835 Fulton Road, Cleveland, 216-694-2122. Innovative, modern Mexican cuisine. Specialties include six varieties of guacamole, house-made chorizo sausage fundido, grilled adobo lamb chops and six fruit-spiked margaritas. T P S $$-$$$

Parallax Restaurant & Lounge seafood

2179 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-583-9999. Fresh seafood and innovative preparations, full sushi bar. Grilled steak, chops and chicken also available. Full bar and extensive wine list. H T P C $$$

Phnom Penh asian

1929 W. 25th St, Cleveland, 216-357-2951. Authentic, made-to-order Cambodian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes flavored with exotic spices. Fast, friendly service. H $-$$

Pier W seafood

Winton Place, 12700 Lake Ave, Lakewood, 216-228-2250. Overlooking Lake Erie, this restaurant serves up seafood along with a spectacular view. The menu features a variety of daily seafood catches. Sun buffet brunch. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 p.m. H T C S $$$-$$$$

Press Wine Bar wine bar

2221 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-566-9463. As the first restaurant in the city to serve wine on tap, the Tremont spot offers eight varieties, along with a huge list of wines by the glass and bottle. Chef Rachel Spieth's menu is full of small plates, soups and salads, flatbreads and entrees such as grilled arctic char served alongside butternut squash puree with braised celery root and hazelnut butter. H T P $$$

Salmon Dave's Pacific Grille seafood

19015 Old Lake Road, Rocky River, 440-331-2739. Fashioned after a turn-of-the-century gold rush saloon, Salmon Dave's features huge crab legs and fresh seafood with traditional and seasonal specialties. H T S $$$

SoHo Kitchen & Bar southern

1889 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-298-9090. Former Tartine chef Nolan Konkoski has a contemporary, healthier take on Southern cooking. The bar serves four to six beers on tap with a focus on microbrews as well as plays on classic Southern cocktails, such as a mint julep made with peach nectar and tea-infused vodkas. H T P $$-$$$

Sokolowski's University Inn eastern european

1201 University Road, Cleveland, 216-771-9236. This landmark established in 1923 serves Polish-American cuisine cafeteria-style. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: Fri 5-9 p.m. and Sat 4-9 p.m. Bar open Fri and Sat till 1 a.m. P S $-$$

The South Side american

2207 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-937-2288. The eclectic menu features small plates such as lobster and crab fritters, and almond-fried brie and entrees such as pan-seared scallops and chicken waffles. Enjoy drinks on the indoor/outdoor 1,000-square-foot patio. Happy hour daily. Bands and acoustic performers most Sat nights and Sun brunch. H P $$-$$$

Spice Kitchen & Bar american

5800 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-961-9641. Chef and owner Ben Bebenroth's menu emphasizes local ingredients in dishes such as an andouille burger. Vegans and vegetarians will always have options on the seasonal menu. Art decorates the walls and changes with the seasons as well. The space feels natural and urban with brick and exposed ductwork details. In keeping with the local, seasonal and sustainable focus, the restaurant includes an outdoor garden. H P C $$$

Sweet Melissa american

19337 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-6357. A laid-back yet chic family eatery featuring eco-friendly, healthful, upscale cuisine priced for everyday diners. The in-house pastry kitchen creates the huge selection from organic ingredients, including gluten-free and vegan items. Breakfast on weekends. Beer, wine and liquor now available. Happy hour daily starting at 4 p.m. H S $$

Tremont Tap House gastropub

2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland, 216-298-4451. Crowds come here for the beer list, which specializes in American and European microbrews. Offerings change frequently, but customers will always find a selection of 100 bottles and 48 brews on tap. The tasty gastropub menu includes small plates, burgers, tacos and the Tap House's signature moule frites. Brunch on Sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. H T P C $$

Wine Bar Rocky River american/wine bar

1313 Linda St, Rocky River, 440-799-4300. Wine bar with a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere featuring an eclectic selection of more than 100 wines from Italy, California, Spain, South America, Australia and France. H P S $$-$$$

[ south side ]

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern american

8960 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, 330-486-2583. In a rustic building reminiscent of the lodges found in our national parks, chef Brandt Evans has prepared a creative American menu. Look for dishes such as butternut squash ravioli and cast iron chicken. Sun brunch. H T P S $$$$

DBA italian

21 Furnance St, Akron, 330-375-5050. Chef Dante Boccuzzi has opened his latest restaurant in the former VegiTerranean space in downtown Akron. The restaurant showcases an elegant dining space, private dining room and a spacious patio. The menu here is similar to his Tremont restaurant, Dante, but with a more modern feel. H P T $$$

The D.C. Pasta Co. italian

12214 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-8500. Chef Dante Boccuzzi draws from his experience working in Italy for this casual restaurant that focuses on house-made pastas available in three sizes, offering something for every appetite and budget. The drink menu includes 30 wines under $30 and Italian beers. H T $$

Delmonico's Steakhouse steaks

6001 Quarry Lane, Independence, 216-573-1991. Hearken back to another time with steaks, Italian favorites and huge cocktails. Private dining available. Open for lunch. H T P $$$-$$$$

Don's Pomeroy House american

13664 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-572-1111. This 19th-century manor house restaurant is notable for its fresh seafood and steak. Dine in either the casual pub or more upscale dining room. H P C $$$-$$$$

Downtown 140 contemporary

140 N Main St, Hudson, 330-655-2940. The menu of this intimate basement restaurant is set up to please all appetites. From small bites to share plates to entrees, dishes carry French and Mediterranean accents and change with each season. An open kitchen with counter seating allows diners to watch as meals are prepared. A large wine list includes glass pours and retail sales. T C $$$-$$$$

Flip Side burgers

49 Village Way, Hudson, 330-655-3547. Burgers are the focus at Shawn Monday's casual eatery where patties are made only from Ohio-raised and grass-fed beef. The spot also serves mini kobe beef corn dogs, tempura asparagus, house-made potato chips, and a variety of salads and sandwiches. Try the apple pie shake or one of the other inventive varieties, which can be kicked up a notch with a shot of Kentucky bourbon. H C $

LockKeepers italian

8001 Rockside Road, Valley View, 216-524-9404. There's rustic charm to this dark-wood dining space decorated with local canal memorabilia. The menu offers classic cuisine with a focus on steak and fresh seafood, including house specialty seafood risotto that blends shrimp, scallops and lobster tail. The drink menu is geared toward wine with more than 500 offerings and seasonal wine tastings. Private dining spaces. H S $$-$$$

The Oak Barrel american/gastropub

5975 Canal Road, Valley View, 216-520-3640 Former Deagan's Kitchen & Bar chef Demetrios Atheneos opens this new gastropub with strong French influences. The menu delivers something for everyone such as chicken and waffles, pulled pork sandwiches, and vegan and vegetarian options. Thirty crafts beers are available on tap, plus an extensive wine and cocktail menu. H P $$

One Red Door american

49 Village Way, Hudson, 330-342-3667. Stepping out of the realm of white tablecloths, chef Shawn Monday's venture is a casual, comfort-food tavern in downtown Hudson. Eat in a variety of sizes here, from bite-sized portions and share plates to entrees and flatbreads. The food has a rustic appeal that matches the wood and brick decor. Pull up a seat and watch as flatbreads are pulled from a traditional pizza oven. H T P C $$$

Shinto Japanese

Steakhouse & Sushi Bar japanese

17070 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-878-3868. Innovative sushi and exquisite hibachi Japanese cuisine served in a beautiful atmosphere. Newly renovated sushi bar in the middle of the dining room is designed to give diners full interaction with chefs. Full bar. Open for lunch Mon-Sat and dinner seven days a week. H T P S $$$-$$$$

Thyme2 Pub and Fine Dining contemporary

113 W Smith Road, Medina, 330-764-4114. Seasonal menu features contemporary American cuisine with worldly influences. Independently owned and operated by chef John Kolar and his wife, Kathy. H T P C $$$

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