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Issue Date: April 2011

The City List: 2011 - South Side Dining

2182 bistro

8918 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, 440-717-9463. A fine dining experience featuring continental cuisine and local art available for purchase. H $$$-$$$$

Austin's Wood Fire Grille steakhouse

8121 Chippewa Road, Brecksville, 440-546-1003. An upscale, casual eatery featuring authentic wood-fired grilling. Specialties include dry-aged strip steaks and fresh seafood. Extensive wine list. H T $$-$$$$

Big Eye Sushi japanese

2965 W Market St, Fairlawn, 330-836-4433. Contemporary restaurant featuring half-price sushi Mon-Thu 4:30-6 p.m. H T $$$

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern american

8960 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, 330-486-2583. Creative American cooking in six nature-inspired dining areas. Open for lunch Mon-Fri and for dinner daily. H T P $$$$

The Brew Kettle brewpub

8377 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-239-8788. Brewery serving 30 draft beers, homemade sodas and barbecue-smoked specialties in a friendly atmosphere. H S $$

Bricco italian

1 W Exchange St, Akron, 330-475-1600. Upscale, nontraditional Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Lengthy beer and wine lists. Kitchen open till midnight weekdays, 1 a.m. on Fri and Sat, and 9 p.m. on Sun. H $$

Charm Thai thai

7426 Broadview Road, Parma, 216-642-0301. This family-friendly restaurant offers specialties such as country-style pad thai and sushi. Menu specials, such as salmon teriyaki, change every two months at the chef's whim. Bar selection features a variety of Thai, Chinese and Japanese beers in bottles. H $$

Corleone's Italian Ristorante & Bar italian

5669 Broadview Road, Parma, 216-741-0220. Italian cuisine with an award-winning wine list. Serving lunch Mon-Fri and dinner daily. Catering. H P $$$-$$$$

Crave american

57 E Market St, Akron, 330-253-1234. Crave ditches the formality of fine dining while offering creative, moderately priced dishes. The setting is urban hip, and the menu is full of twists on classic comfort foods, ensuring there is something for every type of eater. Choose from more than 100 bottles of both wine and beer and roughly 20 specialty martinis. H T Ð  $$-$$$$

Creekside Restaurant & Bar american

8803 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, 440-546-0555. Dine on steaks, seafood, pasta, specialty sandwiches, salads or pizza on a deck overlooking Chippewa Creek. Catering and private dining room. H P C $$

D'Agnese's Tomato Grill italian

106 First St, Hudson, 330-342-3771. A mixture of classic and contemporary Italian-based cuisine with specialty dishes incorporating a lemon-butter sauce. Casual, family-friendly eatery. Sun brunch. H $$-$$$

Eddie's Pizzeria Cerino italian

7305 Broadview Road, Suite H, Seven Hills, 216-236-6007. Best known for pizza crust that takes three days to make as well as baked ravioli in an asiago sauce and fresh fish specials every week. Complete with patio seating, eight beers on tap and a variety of wine selections. H P C $-$$

Gasoline Alley american

870 N Cleveland-Massillon Road, Bath, 330-666-2670. Casual saloon and deli housed in a former gas station "where millionaires eat and drink with the guy who mows their lawn." Sun brunch. $$

Jaipur Junction indian

9377 W Sprague Road, North Royalton, 440-842-3555. Indian cuisine featuring clay-oven-baked breads, and chicken, vegetarian and lamb curries. Weekend buffet. $$

Ken Stewart's Lodge american

1911 N Cleveland-Massillon Road, Bath, 330-666-8881. A casual, Adirondack-style atmosphere with a fireplace and eclectic cuisine. H T P $$$$

Lockkeepers italian

8001 Rockside Road, Valley View, 216-524-9404. There's rustic charm to this dim, dark-wood dining space decorated with local canal memorabilia. The menu is 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 $$-$$$

One Red Door american

49 Village Way, Hudson, 330-342-3667. Stepping out of the realm of white tablecloths, chef Shawn Monday's newest venture is a casual, comfort-food tavern in downtown Hudson. Eat in a variety of sizes here, from bite-sized portions and shared plates to entrees and flatbreads. The food has a rustic appeal that matches the wood and brick decor. H $$$ [Reviewed 1/11 4 Read online]

Palate american/contemporary

12214 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-8500. To chef Jeff Jarrett, American cuisine translates into a melting pot of flavors, which is why his dishes blur the lines between cultures: fried chicken livers come with polenta, and short ribs are braised in chocolate. Half lounge, half dining room, Palate's earth tone atmosphere brings downtown chic to the suburbs. H $$-$$$

Thyme the Restaurant contemporary

716 N Court St, Medina, 330-764-4114. Seasonal menu features contemporary American cuisine with worldly influences. Independently owned and operated by chef John Kolar. H T P C $$$

Yours Truly american

Signature Square, 3725 Medina Road, Medina, 330-722-5800; 36 S Main St, Hudson, 330-656-2900; 8111 Rockside Road, Valley View, 216-524-8111. A casual, family-friendly chain of diners that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. H P S $-$$

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