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Issue Date: April 2011


The City List: 2011 - East Side Dining

Academy Tavern american/italian

12800 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-229-1171. Looking for the classic neighborhood joint? The 70-year-old Academy fits the bill with its original oak bar and a popular fish fry that hasn't changed since 1939. H P $$

Aladdin's Eatery middle eastern

12447 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-4333; 775 SOM Center Road, Mayfield Village, 440-684-1168. Contemporary menu contains health-conscious dishes and a large dessert selection. H S $-$$

Anatolia Café turkish

2270 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-4400. Everything prepared from scratch daily. Bar in the back of restaurant serves a mix of Turkish, French and New World wines as well as 18 imported or craft-brewed beers. 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 bourbon. H S $-$$

Balaton Restaurant hungarian

13133 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-921-9691. Award-winning Hungarian restaurant offers understated elegance, real antiques and Old World charm. H T $$-$$$

Ballantine american

4113 Erie St, Willoughby, 440-942-5151. Creative, upscale pub menu offers something for everyone with a focus on steaks and pizzas. Nearly 30 beers available on tap, 20 wines by the bottle and 10 wines by the glass. H $$-$$$

Beach Club Grill american

9853 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord, 440-350-0088. From the owners of the Beach Club Bistro, this spot features favorite items including seafood, steak and pizza, plus 16 microbrews on tap. H P C $$-$$$

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 $

Bistro 185 bistro

991 E 185th St, Cleveland, 216-481-9635. Imaginative, upscale bistro with a congenial atmosphere. Daily specials include slow-roasted pork shanks, fresh fish and seafood entrees and chicken marsala with wild mushroom ravioli. T P C $$$

Bodega mediterranean

1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3060. Swanky restaurant and lounge featuring hot and cold tapas and 200 different kinds of martinis and wines. Live music. H T $$$

Burgers-N-Beer american

4027 Erie St, Willoughby, 440-954-7867. A casual, fun eatery with full-service bar. Award-winning burgers, ribs in Mimi's original sauce, great salads, veggie burgers and signature tortilla chicken soup. H P $$

Burntwood Tavern american/gastropub

504 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-318-1560. High wood beams, a copper-top bar and oversized fireplace give Burntwood the feel of an upscale restaurant but without the heavy price tag. Tavern fare emphasizes hand-cut fries, beef sliders, and pickles and vinegar made in-house. Wine list offers 26 glass pours mainly from California. Specialty cocktails and six microbrews on tap. H P T $$$

Cafe Tandoor indian

2096 S Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-8500; 96 Barrington Town Center, Aurora, 330-562-5334. Authentic cuisine with tandoori specialties, vegetarian and nonvegetarian curry dishes, and freshly baked bread. Aurora location closed Mon. H S $$

Casa D'Angelo italian

9385 Mentor Ave, Mentor, 440-974-1914. Authentic Italian entrees made from family recipes. Beer, liquor and wine list. H T $$

Chardon BrewWorks & Eatery brewpub

205 Main St, Chardon, 440-286-9001. At Geagua County's first brewery since Prohibition, you'll find five house-made beers on tap alongside one other area microbrew. Enjoy a cold beer with casual American fare including burgers, sandwiches and wings. $$

Claddagh Irish Pub irish

Legacy Village, 25389 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-691-0534. Traditional Irish fare and American favorites, with a large selection of Irish whiskey, scotch and beers. H P $$

Dewey's Pizza italian

2194 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-7355. Full-service restaurant serving gourmet pizza and salads, wine, beer and dessert. Family-friendly yet adult-oriented with a warm feel. H $$

Dino's Restaurant and Banquet Center italian

1200 E 305th St, Willowick, 440-944-4600; 4145 Chillicothe Road, Willoughby, 440-269-8000. For more than 50 years, this family-owned business has been serving customers homemade pastas and a variety of steak, chicken and seafood dishes. H T $$

Europa russian

30519 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike, 216-591-1273. Elegant European dining known for its stuffed cabbage. Head to the vodka room and order a vodka in a shot glass made of ice. H T $$

The Fairmount wine bar

2448 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-229-9463. Extensive wine, beer, martini and craft cocktail lists accompany lighter fare. Cozy setting including fireplace, courtyard with grill menu. Happy hour specials. H P $$

Falafel Café middle eastern

11323 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-229-9540. Homemade Middle Eastern cuisine including tabbouleh, shishtawook, shawarma, hummus and more. Catering available. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.H $

Felice Urban Café spanish/american

12502 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-791-0918. This remodeled 19th-century home offers polished and casual Spanish-oriented cuisine with an intimate dining room and a full bar featuring unique wines. H P C $$

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. Sun brunch. H T P C $$$$

Firehouse Grille & Pub brewpub

2768 Stark Drive, Willoughby Hills, 440-943-4983. American entrees served in an old-time firehouse filled with firefighter memorabilia. H T P $$

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

& Wine Bar steaks

28869 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-896-9000. Steaks, chops, fresh grilled fish and chicken plus more than 100 fine wines by the glass. H T P $$$$

Gamekeeper's Taverne american

87 West St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7744. Dine fireside at this casually sophisticated restaurant. Specialties are seafood, steaks, game, chicken and pasta. Also offers catering and private rooms. H T P C $$$-$$$$

Geraci's italian

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

Grum's Sub Shoppe sandwiches

1776 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-4781; 28500 Miles Road, Solon, 440-248-3232. Since 1977, Grum's has been serving hot and cold subs to the city. Carryout only at Cleveland Heights location. $-$$

Gusto Ristorante italian

12022 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-791-9900. Northern Italian cuisine in a friendly, intimate place in Little Italy. Open Tue-Sun, dinner only. H T P C $$$-$$$$

Hiroshi's Pub american

3365 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-464-4665. The menu of this funky mural-accented spot focuses on a little of everything from American classics, such as beers and barbecue, to sushi. All meats and fish are smoked in-house, and sushi is prepared seviche-style, through ancient Peruvian methods. Extensive beer list includes more than a dozen draft selections. H $$ [Reviewed 10/10 4 Read online]

Hunan by the Falls chinese

508 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-0808. A skillful infusion of aromatic flavors in authentic and imaginative Chinese cuisine. Extensive wine list, full liquor license, sinful desserts. HT S $$

Indian Flame indian

11623 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-791-5555. Northern Indian cuisine gets kicked up a notch, both in heat and presentation. The menu mixes traditional favorites with uncommon specialties, including a hearty list of goat, lamb and seafood dishes, such as lobster curry. Get there early for the $8.99 lunch buffet. $$ [Reviewed 12/10 4 Read online]

Inn on Coventry american

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-1811. Home cooking includes all-day breakfasts, year-round Friday fish fries, fresh desserts and award-winning Sun brunch. Full liquor service. H P $$

Jekyll's Kitchen american

17 River St, Chagrin Falls, 440-893-0797. Jekyll's is as much about fun as it is food, evident from its warm interior and the heated patio and cabana bar that's a three-season destination. The menu combines casual burger and pizza offerings with high-end steak and seafood dishes. H P S $$$

L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar french

11401 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, 216-791-7880. This intimate French brasserie from chef Zack Bruell features rustic, hearty cuisine. 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 $$$

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Le Oui Oui Crepe Cafe french

11309 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-231-2800. Owner Denajua splits her time between Cleveland and France, constantly bringing back ideas from her native country to include in a hearty lineup of savory and sweet crepes. Le Oui Oui also offers a selection of European tea imports. H $

Lure Bistro bistro

38040 Third St, Willoughby, 440-951-8862. A multicultural menu of seafood, sushi hand rolls, homemade pasta, steaks and chops, all in an eclectic atmosphere. Seasonal menu. H T P $$$-$$$$

Mama Santa's italian

12301-5 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-231-9567. Hearty portions of Sicilian cooking at bargain prices. Choose from pizza, veal parmigiana and homemade pastas. H S $-$$

Melt Bar & Grilled american

13463 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-965-0988. This local hot spot's second location features the same 30 variations of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, and more than 130 domestic and imported beers. The cozy bar feel remains but with more seating. H C S $$

Menu6 contemporary

12718 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-791-6649. The market-driven, modern American menu revolves around six categories ranging from raw offerings to small plates to fish, fowl and beef.H P $$$

Mia Bella italian

12200 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-795-2355. Mia Bella's menu stresses international cuisine with Italian pasta favorites, such as house specialty veal braciole, and an emphasis on fresh seafood and meats. Here, flavor is preferred over flash with inventive preparations. H T P $$ [Reviewed 11/10 4 Read online]

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. Private dining available. On-site parking. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 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. H T C $$$-$$$$

Naya Bistro & Lounge lebanese/mediterranean

6323 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, 440-446-1234. Using organic and locally grown ingredients, Naya captures the flavors of Lebanese, Italian and Greek cuisines. Grab a seat at the metropolitan bar, and browse the list of specialty martinis, several flavors of mojitos and 32 wine glass pours. H T P C $$-$$$

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant japanese

1763 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-320-2302; 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-765-1305; 33003 Aurora Road, Solon, 440-498-3223. 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, Suite 900, Woodmere, 216-896-9020. Casual, nuevo Latino restaurant with fresh guacamole and a wide rum selection. Latin comfort food, seafood, steaks and chops. HT P C S $$-$$$

Pearl of the Orient chinese

20121 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, 216-751-8181. Landmark restaurant offering authentic Sichuan and Thai. Features shrimp, scallops, chicken and roast pork. H 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, pork and seafood. Vegetarian dishes available. Full liquor license. H$$

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 flare. 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 $$-$$$

Saffron Patch indian

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

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. H T P C $$$

Taza Lebanese Grill lebanese

28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-464-4000. This upscale version of Aladdin's Eatery features fresh ingredients prepared with rich flavors. Each meal starts with fresh pita bread. Full bar.H P S $$

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 american

2203 Cornell Road, Cleveland, 216-791-6500. Adding American flavor to the Little Italy neighborhood, this new bistro serves up familiar comforts made with local cheeses, produce and meats. The remodeled 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 P

Zanzibar Soul Fusion southern

13114 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-752-1035. Here it's all about soul food with an upscale twist, making for fun comfort food combinations: Instead of crab cakes, there are walleye cakes; traditional spinach is replaced with collard greens in artichoke and cheese dip. The setting is simple with a fireplace, lounge and African decorations. All-you-can-eat Sun brunch buffet. H P $$


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