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Issue Date: April 2011


The City List: 2011

[ downtown ]

Anatomy Nightclub & Ultralounge

1299 W Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-363-1113, anatomycleveland.com. Intimate bar and lounge for a late-night tryst or a sexy cocktail and dancing.

Barley House

1265 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-623-1700, thebarleybar.com. Warehouse District hot spot.

The Blind Pig

1228 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-621-0001, theblindpig.com. Nine-to-fivers stand shoulder to shoulder to check out a variety of music — and one another.

Bob Golic's Sports Bar & Grille

1213 W Sixth St, 216-363-1132, bobgolics.com. Traditional, upscale bar food in an environment decorated with Cleveland sports memorabilia.

Cadillac Ranch

200 Euclid Ave, 216-685-0000, cadillacranchcleveland.com. The 30,000-square-foot space has 32 flat-screen TVs, nine bars, a mechanical bull and BarRoom Cleveland — a Las Vegas-style ultralounge open Fri and Sat nights.

The Cleveland Improv

Sugar Warehouse Entertainment Complex, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-4677, improvupcoming.com. Chuckle at the nation's best comedians with a beer-drinking crowd.

The Clevelander

834 Huron Road E, Cleveland, 216-771-3723, clevelanderbar.com. This watering hole near Progressive Field and The Q turns up the volume on game days.

The Corner Alley

402 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-298-4070, thecorneralley.com. An upscale bowling alley combined with a fully stocked martini bar.

Dive Bar

1214 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-621-7827, divebarcleveland.com. Heading to the basement is a surefire sign you're stepping into a dive bar. Thursday-night Skee-Ball leagues and 42 beers on tap.

D'Vine Wine Bar

836 W St Clair Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-8463, dvinewinebar.com. Trendy wine bar in the heart of the Warehouse District offers a break from the dance club scene.

Flannery's Pub

323 E Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-781-7782, flannerys.com. The finest Irish food, drink and entertainment this side of the Atlantic.

Gillespie's Map Room

1281 W Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-621-7747, maproomcleveland.com. Casual, old-school pub serving pizza, sandwiches, soup, salad and munchies. It's the Warehouse District's version of a neighborhood bar; and yes, there does happen to be an airplane hanging in the middle of it.

Hilarities 4th Street Theatre

2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-736-4242, hilarities.com. Live, national stand-up acts in a 400-seat theater.

House of Blues

308 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-523-2583, hob.com/cleveland. An opulent venue that features national and regional music acts on a large main stage and in the intimate Cambridge Room.

Kevin's Martini Bar

2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com. An upscale bar inside Pickwick & Frolic that serves innovative martinis and a selection of champagnes.

Liquid/SuiteSixx/Ultra Night Club

1212 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-479-7717, liquidcleveland.com. This updated Warehouse District favorite features a sports bar, lounge and dance club.

Little Bar & Grille

614 Frankfurt Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-2166, johnnyscleveland.com. Also known as Johnny's Little Bar, this small pub just steps from West Sixth Street has been a Cleveland staple for generations.

Nautica Pavilion

2014 Sycamore St, Cleveland, 440-247-2722, livenation.com. National acts that don't fill arenas — but still draw a respectable crowd — play in this well-known outdoor venue on the west bank of the Flats.

Panini's Bar & Grill

1290 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-523-7070; 840 Huron Road, Cleveland, 216-522-1510, paninisgrill.com. Laid-back local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.

Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant & Club

2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com. The restaurant seats 220, dinner/show packages are available for the 125-seat cabaret, and Kevin's Martini Bar & Champagne Bar is inside.

Shooters on the Water

1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-6900, shootersflats.com. On the first warm day of spring, nine-to-fivers pack the massive deck.

The Tequila Ranch

1229 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-566-8226, tequilaranchcleveland.com. A mechanical bull, live music and loads of tequila.

The Velvet Dog

1280 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-664-1116, velvetdogcleveland.com. Professionals lounge on plush furniture and sip martinis in this three-level club with a rooftop patio.

Vinebar and View Ultralounge & Nightclub

618 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-664-1815, viewnightclub.com. Modeled after Vegas and Miami clubs. Rooftop deck features a cabana with 360-degree views of the city.

Winking Lizard Tavern

811 Huron Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-0313, winkinglizard.com. More than 100 varieties of beer are offered at this neighborhood standard.

Wonder Bar

2044 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-298-4050, wonderbarcleveland.com. Mellow, intimate music venue with a great kitchen.

[ east ]

Barking Spider Tavern

11310 Juniper Road, Cleveland, 216-421-2863, barkingspidertavern.com. A low-key, wood-paneled music venue popular with students and music fans of all varieties.

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com. Main-stage and smaller acts, from indie rock to blues to alt-country.

B-side Liquor Lounge

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, bsideliquorlounge.com. College students and professionals mix in this club with live poetry, rock and electronic dance music spun by local and national DJs.

Brennan's Colony

2299 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-1010, brennanscolony.com. The Heights' top neighborhood bar, cozy in the winter with a buzzing patio come summertime.

City and East

2781 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-8400. Hookah hot spot as well as an upscale bar that caters to the East Side crowd.

The Fairmount

2448 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-229-9463. Classy wine bar with a huge patio.

The Grog Shop

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs. Hip, uber-cool musical acts stop here on their way to the big time, or at least the next gig.

Grotto Wine Bar

13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-751-9463, grottoshakersquare.com. An award-winning wine bar featuring a late-night kitchen with Italian-inspired dishes.

House of Swing

4490 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, 216-382-2771. Jazz and swing are king here. Between sets, listen to classics from the House's deep collection of 15,000 jazz records.

Johnny Malloy's

4350 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, 216-691-1000, johnnymalloys.com. A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.

La Cave du Vin

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-6411, lacaveduvin.com. Underground wine bar perfect for romance, also has an extensive beer selection.

McNulty's Pub

1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-9996, mcnultyspub.com. Relaxed hangout for the college crowd with beer specials and a cozy atmosphere.

Nighttown

12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com. Cabaret club with a 1940s feel.

Panini's Bar and Grill

1825 Coventry Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-6444; 6283 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, 440-605-0404; 937 222nd St, Euclid, 216-812-9852; 37333 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, 440-951-9852, paninisgrill.com. Laid-back local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.

Parnell's Pub

2167 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-3469. Irish pub where you can catch a soccer game or just hang out with friends over a Guinness or 10 kinds of Irish whiskey.

Peabody's Concert Club

2045 E 21st St, Cleveland, 216-776-9999, peabodys.com. Indie bands and local musicians play at this gritty venue near Cleveland State University.

Willoughby Brewing Co.

4057 Erie St, Willoughby, 440-975-0202, willoughbybrewing.com. A converted rail-car depot that's worth the drive to Lake County.

Winking Lizard Tavern

1852 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-8380, winkinglizard.com. More than 100 varieties of beer are available at this neighborhood standard.

[ west ]

87 West at Crocker Park

287 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, 440-250-2334, 87west2.com. Comfortable furniture and a coffee-house feel, featuring 2-ounce wine pours rather than cappuccino.

806 Martini & Wine Bar

806 Literary Road, Cleveland, 216-862-2912, 806cleveland.com. No TVs, no games, no distractions. Just romance in the air.

ABC Tavern

1872 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-3857, abcthetavern.com. This renovated Ohio City standard is raising the bar on the dive-bar scene.

Around the Corner Saloon & Café

18616-20 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-4413, atccafe.com. One of the West Side's most happening places. The large patio is a must-visit spot on summer nights and has heat lamps for chilly ones.

Beer Engine

15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-2337, buckeyebeerengine.com. An extensive beer list that connoisseurs will love, plus gourmet burgers and vegetarian options.

The Brothers Lounge

11609 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-226-2767, brotherslounge.com. Three-venue establishment: upscale wine bar with a piano stage, neighborhood pub and music venue.

Clark Bar

1201 Clark Ave, Cleveland, 216-344-9999. Its location has kept it out of the way of Tremont's hipster influx.

The Cornerstone Brewing Co.

58 Front St, Berea, 440-239-9820, cornerstonebrewing.com. This relative newbie to the microbrew scene (it's been open just six years) features eight beers on tap, including the house rootbeer.

Dragonfly Lounge

1865 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-669-7774, dragonflycleveland.com. From the couple who brought us the Garage Bar comes a hip, sleek club right next door.

Edison's Pub

2373 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-522-0006, edisonspub.com. Squeeze into the small barroom, spread out in the booths in back, or bring the whole gang and take over the backyard patio.

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

24581 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, 440-801-1001, fatheadscleveland.com. A Pittsburgh import, but Cleveland seems to have forgiven them: The place is always packed.

The Flying Monkey Pub

819 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-6659, flyingmonkeypub.com. Corner bar with a laid-back vibe and tons of regulars.

Garage Bar

1859 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-696-7772, thegaragebar.net. The happy-hour crew congregates with rockers and bikers. In warm weather, the large patio is a big draw.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com. The landmark city brewery has heavy-hitting beers and features an indoor patio and outdoor seating.

The Harp

4408 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-939-0200, the-harp.com. A laid-back Irish pub with a large patio and live music.

Happy Dog

5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-651-9474. This Detroit Shoreway spot gels grit with grooves and serves a killer hot dog. Live music on weekends.

Hotz's Café

2529 W 10th St, Cleveland, 216-771-7004, hotzcafe.com. A down-home neighborhood establishment with plenty of locals and a shuffleboard table.

Johnny Malloy's

17103 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 216-529-1400; 33475 Lake Road, Avon Lake, 440-933-7000; 34263 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, 440-327-5300; 11636 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-961-9818, johnnymalloys.com. A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.

Kenilworth Tavern

18204 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-6882, areyoukenilworthy.com. A Lakewood bar through and through. Old, relaxed, everyone knows your name.

Lava Lounge

1307 Auburn Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-9112, coolplacestoeat.com. DJs spin some of the hottest music every night of the week. Enjoy martinis, wine and an eclectic menu in an intimate living room setting.

Lincoln Park Pub

2609 W 14th St, Cleveland, 216-621-2240, lpptremont.com. Legendary taco Tuesdays and a vibrant, communal dining room contribute to the always-convivial atmosphere.

Major Hoopple's Riverbed Café

1930 Columbus Road, Cleveland, 216-575-0483. The spot for regulars, with a fantastic view of downtown and the Cuyahoga River.

Market

1137 Linda St, Rocky River, 440-799-4292, marketbeer.com. The upscale sports bar offers a hearty craft beer selection and a bar food menu.

Market Avenue Wine Bar

2521 Market Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-9463, marketavewinebar.com. Tiny, Victorian-style wine bar with a knowledgeable staff and a fantastic wine selection.

McNulty's Bier Markt

1948 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-274-1010, bier-markt.com. A sleek bar open 364 days a year, serving 99 types of Belgian and Belgian-style beer.

The Old Angle

1848 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-5643, oldangletavern.com. A classy, low-key Irish pub that often features live acoustic acts.

Panini's Bar & Grill

17209 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-938-8930; 23800 Detroit Ave, Westlake, 440-250-5550, paninisgrill.com. Laid-back local hangout.

The Parkview

1261 W 58th St, Cleveland, 216-961-1341, parkviewniteclub.com. Hard on the outside, music to your ears on the inside.

P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub

17119 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-941-9311, pjmcintyres.com. An Irish pub in very Irish West Park. Features free Wi-Fi and local bands with an Irish flair.

Prosperity Social Club

1109 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, 216-937-1938, prosperitysocialclub.com. This Art Deco bar features a daily fish fry, local bands and tons of funky tchotchkes.

The Pub Rocky River

19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-356-6933, luvthepub.com. A vibrant, British-themed bar with a generous helping of fun and flair.

The Public House

17219 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-252-6608. An Irish pub in West Park that's a favorite among locals.

The Avenue Tap House

18206 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-228-1442. Take a break from the frenetic front room, and bowl a few rounds with friends in the back alley.

Reddstone

1261 W 76th St, Cleveland, 216-651-6969, thereddstone.com. Tough meets sexy at this neighborhood spot tucked into the Detroit Shoreway. Loud, crowded and high-energy, with a gorgeous, leafy patio and great bar food.

Rivals' Sports Grille

6710 Smith Road, Middleburg Heights, 216-267-0005, rivalscleveland.com. New sports pub with two separate bars, free Wi-Fi and an upscale neighborhood feel.

The Rush Inn

17800 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-221-3224; 35840 Chester Road, Avon, 440-937-3252, therushinn.com. West Siders have long held a soft spot for the original Rush Inn. Now a second location has joined the fray.

Savannah Bar & Grille

30676 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-892-2266, thesavannah.com. Big drinks and the blues make a perfect combo. Features live music seven nights a week.

The South Side

2207 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-937-2288, southsidecleveland.com. A huge patio and indie musicians contribute good vibes to this local favorite. Wear a suit. Wear jeans. Whatever you decide, you won't feel out of place.

Speakeasy

1948 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-274-1010, speakeasy216.com. A sexy, low-lit downstairs bar serving up culinary cocktails and DJs spinning eclectic music.

Stone Mad

1306 W 65th St, Cleveland, 216-281-6500. A clay bocce court meshes well with the Irish-themed pub. The stone patio is also a not-to-miss summer spot.

Sullivan's Irish Pub

13368 Madison Ave, Cleveland, 216-529-8969, sullivansirishpub.net. Warm up by the stove, eat fish and chips, and ponder the wall covered in Ireland's native last names.

Touch Supper Club

2710 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-631-5200, touchohiocity.com. Dance to nationally known DJs at this modern take on a 1940s supper club.

The Treehouse

820 College Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-2505, treehousecleveland.com. A laid-back Tremont watering hole that attracts locals to its huge patio.

Tremont Tap House

2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland, 216-298-4451, tremonttaphouse.com. 100-plus beers and killer food make this off-the-beaten-path bar a must-visit.

Twist Social Club

11633 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-221-2333, twistsocialclub.com. A hopping nightclub that's a favorite with the hip gay crowd.

Union Café and Bounce Nightclub

2814 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-357-2997, clevelandcocktails.com. A gay bar to rival Chicago's best.

Velvet Tango Room

2095 Columbus Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-8869, velvet

tangoroom.com. Cleveland's worst-kept secret. Expert bartenders mix classic cocktails found nowhere else in town. You'll enjoy being civilized.

West End Tavern

18514 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-7684, westendtav.com. West Side bar hoppers come here for a break from the party scene. It's chill but busy, with a fantastic bloody mary bar on weekends.

West Park Station

17015 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-476-2000, westparkstation.com. Local hot spot for the West Park crowd, a melting pot of ethnicities and age groups.

The Winchester Music Hall

12112 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-5681, thewinchester.net. Music fans hang at this 1924 music hall that plays host to local and national acts.

Wine Bar Rocky River

1313 Linda Street, Rocky River, 440-799-4300, winebarrr.com. The pickup place and date spot for middle-agers.

Winking Lizard Tavern

14018 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-6693, winkinglizard.com. More than 100 varieties of beer are available at this neighborhood standard that has great bar food and plenty of televisions.

[ south ]

The Brew Kettle

8377 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-239-8788, thebrewkettle.com. Restaurant and brewery with 31 beers on tap. Brew your own beer or make your own wine.

The Blonde — Martini & Wine Establishment

6901 Rockside Road, Independence, 216-328-8780, gototheblonde.com. "Classy little joint," serving martinis, wine and cocktails.

Johnny Malloy's

1038 North Court, Medina, 330-723-4100, 1954 Buchholzer Blvd, Akron, 330-633-0100; 15323 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-9555; 7729 W Ridgewood Drive, Parma, 440-845-0600, johnnymalloys.com. A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.

Harpo's Sports Café

5777 Smith Road, Brook Park, 216-267-7777, goharpos.com. Packed with 82 TVs that can be programmed to show your game right in front of you. It's a man cave, only better.

Panini's Bar & Grill

5530 Brecksville Road, Independence, 216-524-5240; 14952 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-878-2200; 480 W Aurora Road, Sagamore Hills, 330-468-6200, paninisgrill.com. Local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.

Thirst & Ten

15299 Sheldon Road, Cleveland, 216-362-8000; 786 Front St, Middleburg Heights, 440-234-1010. A sports bar that shares our obsession with every win and loss.

Tradesman Tavern

5746 State Road, Parma, 440-888-2337. A blue-collar crowd mixes with business professionals at this comfortable beauty of a bar.

[ amusement parks ]

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, 419-627-2350, cedarpoint.com. The new 30-story-tall WindSeeker swing ride is added to a host of coasters that include the 310-foot-tall Millennium Force and 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster plus the Peanuts-themed kids area. Challenge Park and Soak City are next door. May 14-Oct. 30 (times vary). $21-$46.99, 2 and under are free, parking is $10-$15 (call to confirm).

Great Wolf Lodge

4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, 888-779-2327, greatwolflodge.com. Features an outdoor pool and a 42,000-square-foot indoor entertainment area with a water park.

Kalahari Resort

7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, 419-433-7200, kalahariresorts.com. America's largest indoor water park, this African-themed resort features the Zip Coaster, the stand-up-and-surf FlowRider and nearly 900 guest rooms.

Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park

10661 Kile Road, Chardon, 440-285-5200, pioneerwaterland.com. Water slides, paddle boats, activity pool, Kiddie Waterland, Tot-Land, mini golf, batting cages and more. June 12-Aug 29 (times vary). $13.95-$19.95, children under 40 inches tall are free. Parking $3.

Wildwater Kingdom

1100 Squires Road, Aurora, 330-562-8303, wildwaterfun.com. Body slides, tube slides, a 60-foot-tall, 253-foot-long funnel slide and 390,000-gallon tidal pool are some of this water park's highlights. May 28-Sept 5 (times vary). $14.99-$29.99. Parking $5.

[ the arts ]

Actors' Summit Theater

103 S High St, Akron, 330-374-7568, actorssummit.org. This critically acclaimed professional theater features about 12 shows each year.

Beck Center for the Arts

17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-2540, beckcenter.org. See musicals, comedies and dramas on the Karl Mackey Main Stage and in the Studio Theater. Art galleries feature local and regional artists, including the Cleveland Artists' Foundation Gallery. Call for showtimes. $8-$28 (plus $3 service fee per ticket).

Big Dog Theater

2781 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-472-3636, bigdogtheater.com. A performance and training venue offering improv, sketch and stand-up comedians.

Blossom Music Center

1145 W Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 888-225-6776 or 800-686-1141, Cleveland Orchestra tickets 216-231-1111, Ticketmaster 800-745-3000, livenation.com. The summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and a tour stop for many national acts ranging from rock to jazz.

Cain Park

14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3000 (park) or 216-291-5796 (office), cainpark.com. Performing arts center.

Canton Palace Theatre Association

605 Market Ave N, Canton, 330-454-8172, cantonpalacetheatre.org. Built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, this restored theater hosts concerts, musicals, plays, hit movies, and art and foreign films. Mon, Thu & Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cassidy Theatre

6200 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, 440-842-4600, cassidytheatre.com. Broadway hits, classics, musicals, comedies, dramas, special musical events and youth theater. Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free parking.

Cedar Lee Theatre

2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 440-528-0355, clevelandcinemas.com/cedarlee. Independent and blockbuster films, plus beer on tap at the concession stand.

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

The Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7450, cia.edu/cinematheque. Foreign, classic and indie movies that you can't see anywhere else in the city. $9; members & CIA students, faculty & staff $6; a second film on the same day costs $6.

Cleveland Institute of Music

11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-791-5000, cim.edu. Conservatory offering a variety of free performances.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

713 Lincoln Blvd, Bedford, 440-942-9525, clevelandjazz.org. Provides music education and outreach for Ohio high schools.

The Cleveland Orchestra

11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com. Critically acclaimed worldwide. Summer weekend concerts at Blossom Music Center. Ticket prices vary.

The Cleveland Play House

8500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-795-7000, clevelandplayhouse.com. Presents comedies, dramas and musicals. $10-$66.

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

24000 Mercantile Road, Suite 8, Beachwood, 216-765-7677, clevelandpops.com. Innovative blend of popular music, standards, Broadway, patriotic movie scores, swing and jazz performances. Annual PlayhouseSquare holiday concert and a special New Year's Eve show.

Cleveland Public Theatre

6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-631-2727, cptonline.org. One of the nation's leading experimental and political performance venues. Presents a full season of theater along with dance, music and performance art. CPT functions as an artistic home for dozens of local and self-producing artists. $10-$25, $2 discounts for students & seniors.

DANCECleveland

13110 Shaker Square, Suite 106, Cleveland, 216-991-9000, dancecleveland.org. The oldest modern dance organization in continuous operation in the country. $10-$55, student rates available.

Dobama Theatre

2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3396, dobama.org. Showcases works by established and emerging playwrights. $5-$25, first Sun of every run is "pay what you can."

Great Lakes Theater Festival

1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 300, Cleveland, 216-241-5490, greatlakestheater.org. Presents five main-stage productions each season (Sept.-May). $15-$70, students $13. Check website for schedule.

Karamu House

2355 E 89th St, Cleveland, 216-795-7077, karamu.com. The nation's oldest multicultural arts institution presents dramas, musicals, comedies, new works and camps.

Ohio Dance Theatre

39 S Main St, Suite 241, Oberlin, 440-774-6077, ohiodancetheatre.org. Professional, ballet-based, contemporary dance company committed to bringing the finest in classic and contemporary dance to audiences in the region.

The Ohio Light Opera

College of Wooster, 329 E University St, Wooster, 330-263-2345, ohiolightopera.org. The only professional company that concentrates solely on operetta. Tickets $10-$46.

Opera Cleveland

4700 Lakeside Road, Cleveland, 216-575-0903, operacleveland.org. Classical and contemporary repertoire as well as new works and outreach programs. $25 and up.

PlayhouseSquare

1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 200, Cleveland, 216-771-4444 or box office 216-771-8403, playhousesquare.com. PlayhouseSquare's Ohio, State, Palace, Allen, Hanna and 14th Street theaters spotlight a variety of performances, including Opera Cleveland, Great Lakes Theater Festival, DANCE-Cleveland, PlayhouseSquare's Broadway Series and more.

The Dancing Wheels Company & School

Masonic Temple Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave, Third Floor, Cleveland, 216-432-0306, dancingwheels.org. Arts and disability organization providing accessible programs, classes and performances.

Something Dada

Various locations, 216-696-4242, somethingdada.com. Cleveland's first full-time improvisational comedic theater. Check website for performance schedule and venues.

Stocker Arts Center

1005 N Abbe Road, Elyria, 440-366-4140 or box office 440-366-4040, lorainccc.edu/stocker. Professional music, dance and theater performances for all ages. The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery features exhibitions by many professional and local artists.

Verb Ballets

2140 Lee Road, Suite 218, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-3757, verbballets.org. Contemporary dance ensemble of established dancers promoting appreciation for the art form as well as the development of up-and-coming dancers and choreographers.

[ galleries ]

1point618

6421 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-281-1618, 1point618gallery.com. Focusing on individual artists' exhibitions, including artists of extraordinary talent with regional, national and international acclaim. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat by appointment.

Artefino Art Gallery Cafe

Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Ave, First Floor, Cleveland, 216-830-1400, artefinogallery.com. Gallery and cafe featuring local paintings and prints, sculpture, jewelry and mixed-media works. Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, 216-721-9020, artistsarchives.org. A unique archival facility that preserves representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

Artist Review Today

The Galleria at Erieview, 1301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-771-0900, artistreviewtoday.com. A showcase of more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople featured in the quarterly publication of the same name. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat and evenings by appointment.

Arts Collinwood

15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216-692-9500, artscollinwood.org. Fine arts gallery in a burgeoning arts district, featuring local, regional and national artists in regularly changing, creative exhibits year-round. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bonfoey Gallery

1710 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-621-0178, bonfoey.com. Established regional and national contemporary artists, specializing in painting and photography. Custom framing, restoration, appraisals and estate services available. Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Galleries

11141 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7407, cia.edu/galleries/reinberger.php. Serves CIA students, faculty and community as an educational resource and encourages artistic growth and experimentation. Mon-Thu & Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cleveland State University Art Gallery

2307 Chester Ave, Cleveland, 216-687-2103, csuohio.edu/artgallery. The program consists of curated exhibitions of national scope with a variety of community responsive support exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.; Summer: Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.

Contessa Gallery

Legacy Village, 24667 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-7800; 1501 Euclid Ave, Suite 112, Cleveland, 216-861-9280, contessagallery.com. Specializes in old and modern masters as well as the most prominent American and international artists living today. Legacy Village Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m.; PlayhouseSquare by appointment, during performances.

Cocoran Fine Arts & Appraisals

12610 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-767-0770. Specializing in original prints and Cleveland School Artists. Mon-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Galeria Quetzal

12400 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-8223, galeriaquetzal.com. Hispanic folk and fine art as well as interior design, wearable art and gifts. Mon-Thu noon-7 p.m., Fri & Sat noon-9 p.m.

Galleria at Erieview

301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-861-4343, galleriaaterieview.com. Monthly exhibits feature the works of renowned Northeast Ohio artists. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Gallery at Gray's

10717 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-458-7696, galleryatgrays.com. The Gallery at Gray's presents exhibitions featuring new work from contemporary artists. Some of the artists will not have exhibited before in Cleveland, others will be well known to local art aficionados. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun by appointment.

Great Lakes Art Conservation

2337 W 11th St, Suite 11, Cleveland, 216-621-4141. Focusing on conservation and preservation of art, primarily paintings, murals and painted objects. By appointment.

HeARTworks Gallery & Gifts

The Galleria, 1301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-241-1350. Dedicated to promoting the work of local artists with developmental disabilities. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

78th Street Studios, 1305 W 80th St, Cleveland, 216-631-6719, kennethpaullesko.com. Eclectic inventory of modern, traditional and regional art, as well as sculpture, tribal art, photography and contemporary art. Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Lake Erie Artists Gallery

13129 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, 216-752-9960, lakeerieartists.com. Featuring art gifts by Ohio artists, workshops and classes, local history and memorabilia, green gifts by A Piece of Cleveland and From the Blue Bag, and beads. Mon & Wed 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue & Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lee Hayden Gallery

13210 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 440-871-4747, leehayden.com. Features works from dozens of internationally renowned artists. Tue-Sun noon-6 p.m.

Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-795-9800, loganberrybooks.com. A used and rare bookstore featuring carefully selected books and an Annex Gallery that features fine art exhibits. Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Low Life Gallery

16001 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 330-671-6123. Lowbrow art and culture gallery with an ever-changing roster of new artists. Fri & Sat 6-10 p.m., by appointment.

The Mezzanine Gallery

2026 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-721-4992, bakerfineartphoto.com Focusing on fine art photos, paintings, jewelry and mixed media. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m., by appointment.

The Paul Duda Gallery

2342 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-5788, pauldudagallery.com. Cleveland landscapes, florals and oil paintings, custom framing, canvas printing and photography. Thu-Fri 7-9 p.m., Sat noon-9 p.m., by appointment.

Pennello Gallery

12407 Mayfield Road, pennellogallery.com. Specializes in contemporary American, Canadian and Israeli fine art and craft. New exhibits monthly. Call for hours.

Piccadilly's Fine Art Galleries

2253 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-344-1800 or 888-579-4300, piccadillys.com. National and international artists, including Alexie Butirskiy and Thomas Arvid. Tue-Thu noon-6 p.m., Fri & Sat noon-10 p.m.

Rob Hartshorn Studios & Gallery

2342 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-403-2734, hartshornstudios.com. Original portraits, landscape and fine art photography. Mon-Thu noon-6 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sankofa Fine Art Plus

541 E 105th St, Suite 209, Cleveland, 216-541-2787, sankofafineartplus.org. Featuring fine ethnic art. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Sculpture Center

1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, 216-229-6527, sculpturecenter.org. Exhibits the highest quality contemporary sculpture by rapidly rising, mid-career and established artists in our greater region. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m., by appointment.

SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art

740 W Superior Ave, Suite 101, Cleveland, 216-830-8888, shaheengallery.com. Quality paintings, drawings, sculptures, original prints and multiples by contemporary and important postwar artists.4Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., during exhibitions, by appointment.

SPACES

2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, 216-621-2314, spacesgallery.org. Contemporary art, often not only unique to Cleveland, but also fresh to the art world. Tue,Wed & Fri-Sun noon-5 p.m., Thu noon-8 p.m.

Streets of Manhattan Studio

1433 E 33rd St, Cleveland, 216-357-3344, streetsofmanhattan.net. Specializes in hot glass art and creates mainly large architectural fused glass installations and one-of-a-kind glass sculptures. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Studio Attic

Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Ave, Suite 102, Cleveland, 216-771-9070, opensewer.com/banks. Cine Hypo Films and the Studio Attic are both production facilities and screening rooms for traditional filmmaking. Mon-Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat 1-4 p.m.

Sylvia Ullman American Crafts Gallery

12712 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-229-5770. An often-changing range of items at various price points: glass, wood, ceramics. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.

Tregoning & Company

78th Street Studios, 1300 W 78th St, 216-281-8626, tregoningandco.com. Specializing in works from Northeast Ohio. Has been pre-eminent in the art and artists of The Cleveland School since 1982. Offers conservation services, gallery rentals and appraisal services. Mon-Wed & Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m.

Verne Collection of Japanese Prints and Paintings

2207 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-231-8866, vernegallery.com. Antique and contemporary Japanese prints and paintings, and American artists living in Japan. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wall Eye Gallery

5304 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-640-7769, walleyegallery.com. A seven-member collective showing work in a variety of mediums from area artists in a two-level gallery complete with boutique. Call for hours, by appointment.

Waterloo 7

35005 Chardon Road, Cleveland, 440-946-0333, schmidtsculpture.com. Traditional painting and sculpture gallery featuring works by new artists and a unique arts and music garden. Tue-Thu 1-7 p.m., Fri & Sat 1-8 p.m., Sun 1-6 p.m.

William Busta Gallery

2731 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-298-9071, williambustagallery.com. Exhibits by contemporary artists who live in Northeast Ohio. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by appointment.

[ museums ]

A Christmas Story House

3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-255-6651, achristmasstoryhouse.com. See the home used in the film A Christmas Story restored to its former glory with movie props on display. Thu-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $8, kids 7-12 are $6, kids 6 and under are free.

Akron Art Museum

1 S High St, Akron, 330-376-9185, akronartmuseum.org. Modern art from 1850 to the present with particular strengths in American impressionist painting, sculpture since 1960 and 20th-century photography. Wed & Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Oberlin College, 87 N Main St, Oberlin, 440-775-8665, oberlin.edu/amam. Contemporary art, Japanese woodblock prints, Islamic carpets, 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings and European art from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Tue-Sat 10 a.m- 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., closed holidays. Free admission.

Children's Museum of Cleveland

10730 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-791-5437, clevelandchildrensmuseum.org. Hands-on discovery and learning center that teaches children about the world and themselves. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, under 11 months free.

Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum

Galleria at Erieview, 1309 E Ninth St, Second Floor, Cleveland, 216-523-3900, jcu.edu/language/hunghemu. Showcases the beauty and diversity of Hungarian and Hungarian-American culture. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, donations encouraged.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-421-7340 or 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org. Although the museum's renovation continues, more than 40 galleries are now open. See website for information on concerts, films and educational programs. Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed & Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, 216-231-4600, cmnh.org. Ohio's largest and oldest museum dedicated to natural history. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. $7-$10, kids 2 and under are free, Wednesday evenings $6.

Dunham Tavern Museum

6709 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-431-1060, dunhamtavern.org. The city's oldest building on its original site. This 1824 home offers a glimpse into settlers' lives. Wed & Sun 1-4 p.m., other days by reservation. $3, children $2.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center & Money Museum

1455 E Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-579-3188, clevelandfed.org/learning_center. Explore the history of money, how it has shaped societies and how it plays a central role in our everyday lives at this free museum. Check website for special exhibitions. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, 216-694-2000, greatscience.com. The center features hundreds of interactive exhibits and the Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX Theater. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit website for pricing, children under 2 & members are free.

Hale Farm & Village

2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 800-589-9703, wrhs.org. Outdoor history museum where visitors experience mid-19th-century life. Features Family Fun Days, antique shows, music festivals and summer day camps. Call for hours and pricing. Kids under 3 & members are free.

International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N Marginal Road, Room 165, Cleveland, 216-623-1111, iwasm.org. Preserves the history of women in aviation and space. Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (office & research room Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free.

Lake View Cemetery

12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-421-2665, lakeviewcemetery.com. Historic garden cemetery featuring the Garfield Monument, Wade Chapel and Rockefeller Obelisk. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-593-0575, maltzjewishmuseum.org. Pays tribute to the Jewish-American story with state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactive exhibits, films, oral histories, photos and artifacts. Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. $5-$7, kids under 12 & members free (additional charges during special exhibitions).

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland

8501 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org. International, national and regional contemporary artists. Tue & Thu-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3-$4, kids ages 12 and under free, Fri are free.

Oberlin Heritage Center

73 ½ S Professor St, Oberlin, 440-774-1700, oberlinheritage.org. Three historic buildings tell the nationally significant history of Oberlin, including abolition, the Underground Railroad, women's rights and more. Tours 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Tue, Thu & Sat. $6, free for children under 18 accompanied by a parent.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, 330-456-8207, profootballhof.com. Commemorates the great heroes and moments of a century of professional football. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. during summer). $14-$20, children 5 & under free.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, 216-781-7625, rockhall.com. The world's first museum dedicated to the living heritage of rock 'n' roll. A multimedia hall of fame honors inductees. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed until 9 p.m. (Sat until 9 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day). $24-$38, kids 8 and under are free.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N Portage Path, Akron, 330-836-5533, stanhywet.org. Tudor Revival mansion on 70 acres of gardens. Opens April 1. Hall open Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last admission time), grounds open Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Steamship William G. Mather Museum

305 Mather Way, Cleveland, 216-574-9053, wgmather.nhlink.net. A floating museum created from a 618-foot-long steam ship that hauled iron ore and coal to Cleveland's steel plants for more than 60 years. May, Sept. & Oct. open Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June-Aug. open Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

USS Cod

1089 N Marginal Road, Cleveland, 216-566-8770, usscod.org. The submarine USS Cod sank more than a dozen Japanese ships during her seven war patrols in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Peer into an open torpedo tube, try out a crewman's bunk, or sit in the captain's chair. May 1-Sept. 30. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-$6, free for children under 6 & military personnel in uniform.

The Western Reserve Historical Society

10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-721-5722, wrhs.org. Exhibits examine Northeast Ohio's history. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum contains antique and classic automobiles, motorcycles and aircrafts. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., library open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu-Sat. $5-$8.50, ages 3 and under & members free, parking $5.

[ sports ]

Akron Aeros (Class AA baseball)

Canal Park, 300 S Main St, Akron, 330-253-5151 or 800-972-3767, akronaeros.com.

Cleveland Browns (NFL football)

Cleveland Browns Stadium, 1085 W Third St, Cleveland, 888-891-1999, clevelandbrowns.com.

Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA basketball)

Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 216-420-2287, clevelandcavaliers.com.

Cleveland Fusion (WFA football)

Byer's Field, 7600 Day Drive, Parma, 216-337-9101, clevelandfusion.com. Regular season starts April 18.

Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball)

Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, 216-420-4487, 866-488-7423 or Ticketmaster 216-241-8888, indians.com.

Lake County Captains (Class A baseball)

Classic Park, 35300 Vine St, Eastlake, 440-954-9467, captainsbaseball.com.

Lake Erie Monsters (AHL hockey)

Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 888-894-9424 or 216-420-2000, lakeeriemonsters.com.

Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League baseball)

2009 Baseball Blvd, Avon, 440-934-3636, lakeeriecrushers.com.

Northfield Park

10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, 330-467-4101, northfieldpark.com. Year-round live harness racing plus simulcasts from throughout the country.

Thistledown Racetrack

21501 Emery Road, North Randall, 216-662-8600, thistledown.com. Open daily for simulcasting. April 23-Nov. 6 (check website for dates and times); doors open at 11:30 a.m., post time TBD.

[ zoos & nature centers ]

African Safari Wildlife Park

267 Lightner Road, Port Clinton, 419-732-3606 or 800-521-2660, africansafariwildlifepark.com. The Midwest's only drive-through safari, home to more than 300 beautiful and exotic animals. Free animal food provided. Camel and pony rides, educational animal shows and pig races. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3-Dec. 4. $8.95-$17.95 (rates vary with season), kids 3 and under free.

Akron Zoo

500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.com. Home to more than 700 animals, including Sumatran tigers, African lions, red pandas, otters and Komodo dragons. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May-Oct., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.-April. Winter admission $6, summer admission $6-$10, kids under 2 free.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org. Ten acres of gorgeous gardens and an 18,000-square-foot conservatory with authentic re-creations of the spiny desert of Madagascar and the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Special exhibits throughout the year. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day only). $8.50, children (3-12) $3, members & children under 3 free, seniors (60+) $5.50 (Tue).

Cleveland Metroparks

4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, 216-635-3200, clemetparks.com. Comprises more than 19,000 acres of land in 16 reservations, connecting parkways and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Enjoy picnic areas and all-purpose fields, hiking trails and wildlife-management areas, stables and seven outdoor education facilities.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & the RainForest

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500, clemetzoo.com. One of the country's oldest zoos, featuring 3,000 animals on 168 wooded acres. The African Elephant Crossing habitat and conservation center opens in May. The RainForest is home to 600 animals and 10,000 jungle plants. Wolf Wilderness features Mexican wolves, beavers, bald eagles and wetland species. The 8-acre Australian Adventure children's area takes visitors Down Under. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 7 p.m. Sat & Sun in summer). Winter tickets $5 for kids 2-11, $7 for adults; summer tickets $7-$10; kids under 2 always free, Cuyahoga County & Hinckley Township residents admitted free (zoo only) Mon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

216-524-1497 or 800-445-9667, nps.gov/cuva. Explore 33,000 acres of parkland stretching 22 miles between Cleveland and Akron. Includes the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Holden Arboretum

9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org. A 3,600-acre preserve of woodlands, display gardens, horticultural collections, ponds and walking trails. One of the largest arboretums in the country. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-$6, kids 5 and under free.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org. Scenic outdoor gardens, live animal exhibits and a planetarium show. Wildlife rehabilitation available. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Lake Metroparks

11211 Spear Road, Concord Township, 440-639-7275, lakemetroparks.com. Lake Metroparks is made up of 29 parks and 8,051 acres that offer two golf courses, a 4.8-mile paved trail, five parks on Lake Erie's shoreline, a nature center, a wildlife center, a farm park and a cross country ski center.4Check website or call for hours.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark

8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com. More than 50 breeds of farm animals, the Great Tomato Works and hydroponics exhibits.

Lorain County Metro Parks

12882 Diagonal Road, La Grange, 440-458-5121, loraincountymetroparks.com. The 6,500 acres in 22 parks offer activities for nature lovers of all ages. The park offerings include Splash Zone Aquatics and Fitness Center and Forest Hills Golf Course.

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

2600 S Park Blvd, Cleveland, 216-321-5935, shaker

lakes.org. Regular classes for children, plus naturalist-led tours of the trails. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., trails open dawn to dusk.
 

 

[ fashion for him & her ]

Cuff's

18 E Orange St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-2828, cuffsclothing.com. His and hers boutique with an in-house Hermes-Paris shop.

Geiger's Clothing & Sports

14710 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-1771, shopgeigers.com. Ski equipment for the family. Plus, a men's clothing shop with tailoring and consultation services.

The Green Roots Collection

Cleveland Clinic, 9300 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-229-4211; First and Main, 41 Village Way, Hudson, 330-653-5405; 19300 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-5620, greenrootscollection.com. Eco-conscious clothing.

Kilgore Trout

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-831-0488, kilgoretrout.com. Fine threads for clothes fanatics. Men's lines include Etro and Samuelsohn.

lululemon athletica

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28867 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-378-1726, lululemon.com. Athletic clothing for the yoga guru, runner, dancer and others in motion.

Nordstrom Rack

Legacy Village, 25149 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-472-2244, nordstrom.com. Merchandise from Nordstrom and nordstrom.com at 50 to 60 percent off original prices.

The North Face

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28853 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-378-7310, thenorthface.com. Ohio's first store for this outdoor-gear specialist.

RR Freestyle

26107 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-250-5600, rrfreestyle.com. Since 1987, custom-made suits, sport coats and stylish men's fashions from Jhane Barnes, Coppley and more, denim from Agave and women's clothing.

Sanity

8 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-893-9279, sanitystyle.com. New trends culled from top NYC and LA lines.

[ for the home ]

Arhaus

Legacy Village, 24613 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-6053; 175 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, 440-617-0373; 2246 W Market St, Akron, 330-867-1157, arhaus.com. Quality furniture that's modern yet timeless.

Aspen River Wood & Glass

28700 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, 216-839-0012, goaspenriver.com. Specializing in decorative doors, windows and hardware for luxury homes.

Block Brothers at Home

30495 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike, 216-360-8600, blockbrosathome.com. Luxury home furnishings and accessories from lines such as Ann Gish, Bella Notte and Matouk.

Chez-Del Home Furnishing & Interior Design

480 W Exchange St and 1930 W Market St, Akron, 330-376-6176, chez-del.com. 30,000 square feet of eclectic, innovative designs and furnishings.

Danny Vegh's Billiards & Home

12225 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-476-4800; 29 Rothrock Road, Copley, 330-665-3122; 6505 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, 440-720-1822, dannyveghs.com. Patio, bar and rec room furniture, plus billiards reconditioned slot machines, video games and more.

Designers Touch

5379 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, 440-483-1000, designerstouchcleveland.com. Contemporary furniture and home accessories.

Devout Home

19032 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-8307, devouthome.com. Modern, global styles from Latin America, American Southwest, India, Asia and Turkey.

Heat Exchange Hearth & Patio Shoppe

34205 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville, 440-327-6242, heatexchangeonline.com. A vast selection of grills, heaters, patio furniture, fireplaces, gas and wood-burning stoves are available here.

Leopold's Furniture

8147 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, 440-526-2400, leopoldsfurniture.com. Distinctive decor, including Drexel Heritage, Lexington and Bernhardt, since 1859.

Levin Furniture

Various locations, 800-262-5200, levinfurniture.com. Since 1920, Levin has supplied quality furniture and mattresses for all rooms in all styles.

McDhurries

1647 Wright Ave, Rocky River, 440-333-2320, mcdhurries.com. Rugs from throughout the world.

Mitchell Sotka

19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-1735, mitchellsotka.com. Owner Mitchell Sotka weaves old and new together, featuring fine furnishings and antiques.

Paysage

3451 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-8700, paysage.com. High-quality home furnishings and design consultations.

Room Service

2078 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-696-6220, roomservicecleveland.com. An always-rotating assortment of the latest in home accessories, jewelry, wall art and more.

Sedlak Interiors

34300 Solon Road, Solon, 440-248-2424, sedlakinteriors.com. This store boasts a 100,000-square-foot "Street of Dreams" showroom, featuring hundreds of brands.

Simpatico

8 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-3116, simpaticoliving.com. This home furnishings, accessories and interior design store offers eco-friendly furniture derived from sustainable sources.

Solari

19036 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-9600, solarihome.com. A colorful array of everything Italian from dishes, glassware and linens, to Murano glass and jewelry.

Stash Style

46 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-2550, stashstyle.com. Shabby-chic vintage and architectural elements, furniture and accessories.

Suburban Clock and Repair

76 Front St, Berea, 440-234-4027, suburbanclock.com. For more than 50 years, this timepiece haven has served the area. More than 1,000 models of clocks are available, from traditional tickers to the modern models.

Sur La Table

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28819 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-378-1800, surlatable.com. Cooking classes and fine cooking supplies keep shoppers coming back.

Surroundings Home Décor

850 W St Clair Ave, Cleveland, 216-623-4070, shdecor.com. Offers sleek, contemporary designs for every room.

three.home

576 Industrial Parkway, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-8425, threehome.net. Boutique specializing in funky items for the home, featuring antiques and vintage furnishings, exotic items from throughout the world and local designers.

Tonic Home

19236 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-356-9800, tonichome.com. Lively decor in this store promotes the combination of traditional techniques with modern fashions.

The Viking Store

Legacy Village, 24703 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-381-2100, vikingcookingschool.com. The store's only location in Ohio hosts wine tastings and cooking classes. Kitchen gear from pie tins and food processors to grills.

[ jewelry ]

Alson Jewelers

28149 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-464-6767, alsonjewelers.com. 7,000 square feet of jewelry, watches and gifts.

Berger & Silver Jewelers

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-464-5970, bergerandsilver.com. Fine jewelry and personalized service with a selection of merchandise including Jay Strongwater, Nambe, Lalique, Orrefors, Kosta Boda and Michael Aram.

Don Basch Jewelers

509 E Aurora Road, Macedonia, 330-467-2116, donbaschjewelers.com. This full-service jewelry shop offers a range of items, custom jewelry design and on-site jewelry repair.

Embellish

19051-5 Old Lake Road, Rocky River, 440-333-8885, embellishaccessories.com. Create your own jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets) and accessories (key chains, bookmarks, rosaries) with all the materials provided.

IMG Jewelers

5470 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, 440-461-4464, imgjewelers.com. One-of-a-kind, custom styles limited only by a customer's imagination.

Jewelry Art

116 N Main St, Hudson, 330-650-9011, jewelryarthudson.com. Certified, ideal-cut diamonds, with a focus on individual design and impeccable craftsmanship.

Mann Jewelers

Beachwood Place, 26300 Cedar Road, Beachwood, 216-831-1119. You'll find a huge selection of diamond engagement rings as well as contemporary and classic jewelry.

Marlen Fine Jewelers

19525 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-9004, marlenjewelers.com. This fourth-generation, family-owned store offers designs by TAG Heuer, John Hardy, Mark Schneider, Pandora and ArtCarved.

N.J. Thomas Jewelers

30191 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-892-0656. A range of beautiful jewelry with designs by Scott Kay and Rado.

Picciones'

Legacy Village, 24659 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-7011, picciones.com. Picciones' jewelers has had a long and historic tradition of bringing fine jewelry and timepieces to its customers.

Robert & Gabriel Jewelers

5244 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, 440-473-6554, robertandgabriel.com. One of Cleveland's largest jewelry stores, featuring a wide selection of designer and traditional watches, as well as custom designs and jewelry repair.

Saxon Jewelers

47 Alpha Park Drive, Highland Heights, 440-461-9296, saxonjewelers.com. The home of custom jewelry design, including love letter charms: envelopes made of gold that hold engraved notes on thin sheets of gold.

Steven Difranco Jewelers

Pine Ridge Plaza, 5900 S.O.M. Center Road, Willoughby, 440-943-2700, stevendifranco.com. This 38-year-old store carries many lines of jewelry and giftware, and offers the largest selection of wedding, engagement and anniversary rings in Northeast Ohio.

Vivid Diamonds and Design

27245 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-835-0111, vividjewelers.com. Find everything from cuff links to timepieces, pearls to wedding bands, and enjoy full-service repair, design and retail assistance.

Yeager Jewelers

26173 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-892-7600, yeagerjewelers.com. A second-generation jeweler offering designs by Gregg Ruth, Jean-Francois Albert, Maevona and Armadani.

[ men's fashion ]

Adesso

19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-4778, adessofashions.net. You'll find a wine and espresso bar, along with styles by Robert Graham, Santoni and Oxxford, and many Italian designers.

Christophier

9308 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-961-5555, chistophier.com. Work with a tailor, or select from lines such as Alden, Allen Edmonds, Mezlan and Jack Victor.

Ford's Clothier

19821 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-2355, fordsclothier.com. Specializing in gentlemen's clothing since 1913.

Joseph Scafidi

925 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-579-9500, scafiditailors.com. Small, richly appointed downtown shop.

[ shopping malls ]

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

549 S Chillicothe Road, Aurora, 330-562-2000, premiumoutlets.com. Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Coach, Nine West and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.

Beachcliff Market Square

19300 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-2335, beachcliffmarketsquare.com. Stores include LOFT, Jos. A. Bank, Francesca's Collection, First Watch, The Pub, Urban Home & Garden, Pearl of the Orient, Mellow Yellow, Pure Enchantment, Girls Got Swing and Studio 22.

Beachwood Place

26300 Cedar Road, Beachwood, 216-464-9460, beachwoodplace.com. Stores include Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, Aldo, Dillard's, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Crocker Park

189 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, 440-871-6880, crockerpark.com. Stores include Ann Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Coach, H&M, Hollister, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Lucky Brand Jeans, White House Black Market and Massage Envy.

Eton Chagrin Boulevard

28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-591-0544, etonchagrinblvd.com. Stores include Adina & Co., Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, The North Face, Sur La Table, Nicky Nicole, Bonnie's Goubaud, Joss, Brooks Brothers, Mulholland & Sachs, and Evolution Yoga Studio.

First and Main

43 Village Way, Hudson, 330-653-9530, firstandmainhudson.com. Stores include LOFT, B. Lux Boutique, Heather's Heat & Flavor, Nicky Nicole, The Green Roots Collection and Talbots.

Galleria at Erieview

1301 E Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-861-4343, galleriaaterieview.com. A glass-enclosed space that features regular special events. Stores include Gardens Under Glass, Hungarian Heritage, Cafe Sausalito and A.R.T. Showcase.

Great Lakes Mall

7850 Mentor Ave, Mentor, 440-255-8932, simon.com. Stores include Dillard's, Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch and The Disney Store.

Legacy Village

25001 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-3871, legacy-village.com. Stores include Charming Charlie, The Apple Store, Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom Rack, Revive, Janie & Jack, Brides by Demetrios and Restoration Hardware.

Parmatown Mall

7899 W Ridgewood Drive, Parma, 440-885-5506, parmatown.com. Stores include Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods and New York & Co.

The Plazas at Great Northern

4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, 440-734-3721, greatnorthernplaza.com. A major shopping attraction featuring 50 stores.

Richmond Town Square

691 Richmond Road, Richmond Heights, 440-449-3201, simon.com. Stores include Macy's, JCPenney, Sears and Ashley Stewart.

Tower City Center

230 W Huron Ave, Cleveland, 216-623-4750, towercitycenter.com. Stores include Bath & Body Works, Brooks Brothers, Jones New York and The Shoe Dept.

Westfield Great Northern Shopping Center

4954 Great Northern Blvd, North Olmsted, 440-734-6300, westfield.com/greatnorthern. Stores include Forever 21, H&M, Dick's Sporting Goods and The Disney Store.

Westfield SouthPark Shopping Center

500 Southpark Center, Strongsville, 440-238-9000, westfield.com. Stores include Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, H&M and Williams-Sonoma.

Westgate Mall

Center Ridge Road and West 210th Street, Fairview Park, 440-324-6763, westgateohio.com. Stores include Kohl's, Marshalls, Books-A-Million, Lowe's and Target.

[ specialty shops ]

All Brides Beautiful

219 N Main St, Hudson, 330-655-1339, allbridesbeautiful.com. Couture dresses from designers such as Melissa Sweet, Jim Hjelm, Jenny Yoo and Rivini.

Amy's Shoes

19134 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-409-0120; 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-292-0120, amysshoes.com. Featuring casual and sophisticated women's shoes for women in the latest trends.

Banyan Tree

2242 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-1209, shopbanyantree.com. Hip, funky shop that sells clothing, jewelry, furniture, gifts and home accessories.

Bead Q!

8584 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-708-1771, bead-q.com. Beads, bead accessories, semiprecious stones and other supplies from throughout the world, as well as beadworking and metalsmithing classes.

Big Fun

1814 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-4386; 11512 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-631-4386, bigfunbigfun.com. If you ever wondered what happened to all your childhood toys, visit Big Fun.

Brides By Demetrios

Legacy Village, 25373 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-297-0001, demetriosbrides.com. Couture wedding creations, plus evening gowns perfect for homecomings and proms.

City Buddha

1807 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-5862, citybuddha.com. Imports from Bali give an eclectic vibe to this store full of sarongs, masks, jewelry and other Asian-themed gifts, furniture and trinkets for your home.

Coventry Cats

1810 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-3033, coventrycats.com. This place is for cat- and dog-lovers alike. Items for spoiled pets include cat condos and flavored tennis balls.

Details

36840 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-934-3457, detailsforyourhome.com. This gift and home store is located in the historical Lewis House, and packed full with items from Trollbeads, Vera Bradley, Mariposa and Juliska.

Epiphany

105 First St, Hudson, 330-655-0191, epiphanyhudson.com. A sleek gift store specializing in trendy hostess gifts.

Don Drumm Studios & Gallery

437 Crouse St, Akron, 330-253-6268, dondrummstudios.com. The third-generation metalworker's aluminum, pewter and steel objects and sculptures are housed in the main gallery along with works by more than 500 North American craftspeople, artists and designers.

Fine Points and Fine Points, Too

12620 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, 216-229-6644, finepoints.com. Owner and nationally known fiber artist Liz Tekus offers custom knitwear, a distinctive selection of fibers and yarn supplies from around the world. Fine Points, Too features expressive clothing and accessories.

Geiger's Ski & Sport Haus

50 Shopping Plaza, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-4900, shopgeigers.com. Look here for winter and summer sporting fun gear, including biking, camping, tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding, snowblading, skating and sledding.

Glass Bubble Project

2421 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-7043, glassbubbleproject.com. Home accessories such as paperweights, wine glasses, chandeliers, sconces and metal sculptures.

GreenSmartGifts

14534 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-712-7980, greensmartgifts.com. An eco-friendly gift shop stocked with everything from organic baby clothing to soy candles.

Hudson Hydrant•#169;

72 N Main St, Hudson, 330-653-3509, hudsonhydrant.com. Everything for your furry friend: accessories, clothing, collars, dog bowls, leashes and more.

La Bella Vita

2013 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-421-1717, labellavitacleveland.com. This 2,000-square-foot boutique offers a bridal registry including one of the country's largest selections of Italian serving pieces, dinnerware and gifts.

The Learned Owl Bookshop

204 N Main St, Hudson, 330-653-2252, learnedowl.com. Bigger than it looks, this shop is three floors of books and related items tucked into a historic building.

Lilly Handmade Chocolates

761 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, 216-771-3333, lillytremont.com. An artisinal chocolatier that specializes in pairing wine and craft beer with its handmade confections.

Local Girl Gallery

16106 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-228-1802, localgirlgallery.com. Jewelry, art, crafts and fashions from local and regional artists.

Matina's Bridal

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-464-1288, matinasbridal.com. Dresses from Vera Wang, Rivini and Amsale.

Mulholland & Sachs

28699 Chagrin Blvd, #230, Woodmere, 216-831-4444, mulhollandsachs.com. A mother-daughter team owns this fashionably eclectic boutique. Offering a variety of items from belts to jewelry to housewares and items for baby.

Music Saves

15801 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216-481-1875, musicsaves.com. An independent record store featuring new and used music, specializing in indie rock.

Nicky Nicole

99 First St, Hudson; 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere; 220 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, 330-656-5200, nickynicole.com. Colorful shop that celebrates being a girl with fashions for school, relaxing with friends or special times. Gift ideas, including Webkinz plush pets.

One World Shop

19321 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-7709. Handcrafted, fair-trade gifts created by artisans from Third World countries. Carries products from Ten Thousand Villages as well as other artisans.

Paper Trails

19146 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-0033, papertrailstoyou.com. Witty stationary and personalized stamps abound at this specialty paper and card shop.

Passport To Peru

1806 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-9783, passporttoperucoventry.com. A colorful mix of winter wear, such as wool hats, gloves and scarves from Peru are among the finds here, not to mention reasonably priced imported dresses and tops.

The Perfect Bride

19126 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-5113, theperfectbride.com. A huge selection of trendy and classic dresses, veils, shoes and jewelry to help make her special day. What more could a girl ask for?

Peterson's Gourmet Nuts & Snacks

1101 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-4017, kingnut.com. Ever wonder where that delicious smell is coming from when you're making your way to Progressive Field? It's wafting over from Peterson's, the nutty folks who have been turning out salty snacks since 1927.

The Powder Room Makeup Oasis & Boutique

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-831-7666, thepowderroomboutique.com. Makeup application, brow sculpting, specialized facial treatments and a boutique with products including Girlactik Beauty and FACE Atelier.

Record Revolution

1832 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-7661. Satisfying the hunger of music enthusiasts since 1968. Spend an afternoon sifting through the 20,000 vinyl records and vintage clothing styles in the attached boutique.

Revive

2248 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-2778; Legacy Village, 24349 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-4836, revivestore.com. Sustainable, fair-trade clothing, accessories, shoes and skin care lines from around the globe.

Sobella Paper Boutique

2026 Murray Hill Road, Studio 104, Cleveland, 216-229-1333, so-bella.com. This light and airy store shows that paper can be as trendy as clothing. One-of-a-kind greetings cards and customized stationery and invitations.

Something Different Gallery

1899 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-696-5226, somethingdifferentgallery.com. Eclectic Cleveland artistry featuring local talents such as Ron Hennings along with great gifts.

Tap Studios

1667 E 40th St, Suite 3B, Cleveland, 216-773-8277, tapstudios.com. Art gallery that also offers jewelry-making workshops, including the opportunity to make your own wedding bands.

Ten Thousand Villages

2254 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-575-1058, tenthousandvillages.com. Handcrafted, fair-trade gifts created by artisans from Third World countries.

Tree House Gallery and Tea Room

36840 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-934-1636, oldeavonvillage.com. This gallery sells wine, antiques, folk art, and jewelry, and sports and military collectibles.

Vertical Runner

112 N Main St, Hudson, 330-656-1176, verticalrunner.com. Runners and walkers will find the latest from Patagonia, Vibram and Smart Wool to keep them moving.

Xen Gift Gallery

2017 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-791-6035, xengiftgallery.com. Specializes in custom-made jewelry and showcases local artists. Beautiful arts and crafts.

[ vintage & resale ]

Antiques on the Square

101 Main St, Chardon, 440-286-1912. Housed in a 130-year-old building, this shop features antique furniture, china, jewelry and home decor from 21 dealers.

Apple Core

19347 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-356-4747, applecorestore.com. An upscale resale store with designer vibes, it carries clothing and shoes for the whole family at way-below-retail prices.

Attenson's Coventry Antiques and Books

1771 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-2515, attensonsantiques.com. Carries a mix of antiques, costume and fine jewelry, silver and lamps. You'll also find out-of-print books, jazz records and high-quality artwork.

Chelsea's Vintage Clothes and Costumes

1412 W 116th St, Cleveland, 216-226-9147. The 100,000-piece costume collection spans Roman times to the French Revolution. Vintage clothing is for sale, and costumes are available for rent.

The Cleveland Shop

11606 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-228-9725, clevelandshop.com. Cleveland's oldest vintage store boasts styles from the 1920s to 1970s. Accent your retro look with jewelry, hats and other accessories.

Countryside Antiques

36290 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-934-4228. Find vintage and collectible items such as linens, glassware, furniture, and framed art and prints in this 1820s farmhouse.

Déjà Vu

14411 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-228-7212. This eclectic vintage boutique features furniture and clothing from 1900 to the 1940s, artwork and rugs.

Elegansia

1873 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-2553, elegansia.com. A designer and vintage re-sale shop where you can create your own style with one-of-a-kind finds. Check out the great handbags and hats.

Flower Child

11508 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-939-9933, flowerchildvintage.com. Dealer owned and operated, this vintage department store specializes in unusual and affordable fashions, furnishings and memorabilia from mid-century into the early 1980s.

Jameson Homestead Antiques

36675 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-934-6977. The shop features a wide variety of antiques, specializing in country, primitive, Victorian and formal furniture.

Long, Long Ago Antiques

36923 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-934-4777. An antiques store with 11 dealers focusing on glassware, hats, small-scale furniture and more. Appraiser on-site every Tuesday.

Nook-n-Cranny Antiques

5201 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-281-6665. Choose from antique furniture, bathroom fixtures and other items from 1850 to 1950.

Sweet Lorain

7105 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-281-1959, sweetlorain.com. It's easy to lose track of time rummaging through retro clothes, accessories and home furnishings at this vintage department store.

Tomorrow's Antique

4010 Whitman Ave, Cleveland, 216-965-911, tomorrowsantique.net. Choose from oil paintings, hand-carved antique replicas and mahogany and teak furniture.

Unique Thrift

3333 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-631-0205; 4250 Fulton Road, Cleveland, 216-398-1551; 4601 Northfield Road, North Randall, 216-663-0147; 30604 Lake Shore Blvd, Willowick, 440-347-0200, uniquethriftstore.com. Color-coded racks of clothing span the enormous store.

[ women's fashion ]

Anne van H. Boutique

2026 Murray Hill Road, Suite 106, Cleveland, 216-721-6633. Owner Anne van Hauwaert travels the U.S. and Europe in search of clothing, shoes and accessories.

Audrey's Sweet Threads

28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-831-8880, audreyssweetthreads.com. From jeans to black tie, with a focus on career-wear, owner Audrey Bergrin picks boutique fashions from throughout the world.

Blush Boutique

1783 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-721-5319, blushcleveland.com. This hip women's boutique features limited-edition clothing from independent artists.

B. Lux Boutique

49 Park Lane, Hudson, 330-342-0033, bluxboutique.com. Two-level boutique with clothing, jewelry and shoes.

Bonnie's Goubaud

Eton Chagrin Boulevard 28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-831-4250, bonniesgoubaud.com. Accessories and fashions, including designers such as Joseph Ribkoff.

Busy Broad Millinery Salon

10433 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-961-9004, busybroad.com. Owner Marta Glazen creates her hats using traditional techniques. She also features vintage clothing.

Cara's Boutique

30179 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-899-0050, carasboutique.com. Contemporary clothing and an extensive selection of Pandora, Brighton and Vera Bradley.

Cascade Boutique

13 W Orange St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-5088. Stylish, fun girly-girl clothing for all ages.

Catan Fashions

12878 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 866-846-2519, catanfashions.com. This superstore carries a huge selection of bridal, prom and formal occasion gowns in every style.

D'Ora

131 Ghent Road, Fairlawn, 330-864-1200, d-oradesigns.com. Upscale women's boutique featuring threads from around the world.

Details

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-591-0077. This trendy boutique offers fun, funk and flair.

Devereaux

28707 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 440-892-0019. Hair salon and boutique featuring designers duds such as Red Engine Jeans, Bailey 44 and Miss Me.

Evie Lou

2153 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-6675, evielou.com. Former Plain Dealer style editor Kim Crow's collection of comfy yet stylish clothing.

Find Me!

24 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-3131. A boutique catering to women in search of contemporary updates to classic must-haves.

Francesca's Collections

Legacy Village, 24639 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-381-5390; 19344 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-3418; Crocker Park, 161 Main St, Westlake, 440-899-2860, francescascollections.com. Unique, hip women's boutique specializing in artistic apparel, jewelry and accessories.

Geiger's Store for Women

19126 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-356-9665, shopgeigers.com. Clothing and sportswear with a rainbow of colors and brands such as Vera Bradley and Nick & Zoe.

Girl Next Door

19034 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-4025. Young and hip clothing for women, also carries unique brands of children's clothing.

The Grey Colt

150 N Main St, Hudson, 330-653-6355, greycolt.com. Carries a wide selection of clothing and accessories for every occasion.

The Hidden Closet

41 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-0292. Clothing and handbags you can't find in department stores.

In Style Accessories

First and Main, 96 First St, Hudson, 330-653-5499. Decorate yourself with handbags, sunglasses, jewelry and other trendy accessories.

Innuendo

19144 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-333-0365. Designer sportswear boutique for women carrying designer-created jewelry and tapestry handbags from Maruca.

Jill's Unique Boutique

14482 Cedar Road, University Heights, 216-382-9909, jillsuniqueboutique.com. This funky store focuses on distinctive skirts and modest apparel.

Juicy Lucy

31 W Orange St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-5748, juicylucyaclothingstore.com. This uber-cool boutique features upscale European designs.

Knuth's

30619 Pinetree Road, Pepper Pike, 216-831-1116; Jefferson Square, 26141 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-871-7800, myknuths.com. LA-style boutique with clothing by Juicy, Tory Burch and Free People.

Lilly Pulitzer

25293 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-291-8670, lillypulitzer.com. Colorful sweaters, dresses, tees and skirts for women and young girls (toddlers size 2 to children's 16).

Lisa Moran Ltd.

Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-464-0800, lisamoranltd.com. Offerings range from leather jackets to evening dresses to ball gowns.

Lizzy & Jane

82 West St, Chagrin Falls, 440-893-9090, lizzyandjane.com. Divine dresses, including updated bridesmaids creations and accessories including jewelry and gloves.

Marcell

Crocker Park, 177 Main St, Westlake, 440-871-8799, marcellstore.com. Up-to-the-minute fashions from casual to evening wear, as well as items for the home.

Mellow Yellow

19328 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-799-4722, mellowyellowstyle.com. Affordable accessories, including jewelry and designer handbags.

Nola True

15 N Franklin St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-8980. Trendy, modern clothing as well as jewelry and accessories.

Outfitters: An Adventure in Women's Clothing

First and Main, 95 First St, Hudson, 330-653-8334; 69 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7675; Legacy Village, 25265 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-291-9550. A huge variety of women's clothing, from Fresh Produce knits and capris to the lush detailing of Papillon bohemian skirts to brands such as Tribal and Woolrich, all at reasonable prices.

Peneventures

19102 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-356-4188, peneventures.info. Ohio's premier resource for mother-of-the-wedding and social occasion apparel.

Piece Unique

8426 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-543-4535. A consignment boutique that showcases home decor, fine women's clothing and high-end bags and shoes.

Polly Brown

10 W Washington St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-2744, shoppollybrown.com. Women of all ages enjoy the shop's unique clothing, accessories and well-priced jeans.

Powter Puff Boutique

2671 W 14th St, Cleveland, 216-274-1220, powterpuffboutique.blogspot.com. An adorable boutique for the girly girl in all of us. Features clothing and accessories.

Winds of Change Boutique

37 W Orange St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-2420, shopwoc.com. Trendy boutique with lines including 32 Flavors, Black Label, Malibu Cowboy and L.A.M.B.

You Two Inc.

3475 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-2222, youtwoinc.com. Special-occasion dresses, evening wear, suits and day wear you can't find in department stores.

[ downtown ]

Acappella italian

1625 Euclid Ave, 216-621-7212. Italian cuisine and fresh seafood at moderate prices. Serving lunch and pre-theater dinner, with daily specials. Steps away from the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. H T $$

Angie's Soul Cafe southern

3859 Superior Ave, 216-426-8890. Located in what was once the Town Fryer, this Southern cafe delivers made-from-scratch, down-home classics: smothered pork chops, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. Stop by daily for chicken and waffles. $$

Blue Point Grille seafood

700 W St Clair Ave, 216-875-7827. This Warehouse District staple has been voted Cleveland's best seafood restaurant 12 years running. Serves fresh seafood and thick steaks. Sophisticated, friendly service. Award-winning wine list. H S $$$$

Bricco italian

1438 Euclid Ave, 216-862-2889. Casual, eclectic environment with a menu that features pasta and pizza. Wine list with 200 selections. H 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 $$$$

Chocolate Bar american

347 Euclid Ave, 216-622-2626. Chocolate is not just for dessert here. Dark, milk and white chocolate are woven into drinks and many dishes from appetizers to entrees to desserts. H $$

Cleveland Chop House & Brewery american

824 W St Clair Ave, 216-623-0909. This eatery has the casual elegance of the '40s. Specialties include steaks, chops, handcrafted beers and famous mashed potatoes. H T P $$$$

Crop Bistro & Bar contemporary

1400 W Sixth St, 216-696-2767. Chef Steve Schimoler creates innovative American cuisine that changes with each season. The bistro offers a colorful, quirky and elegant feel with wooden accents, old-fashioned chandeliers and an open kitchen with a counter-style chef's table. H T P C $$$$

Elements Bistro on Euclid bistro

2300 Euclid Ave, 216-802-3131. Bright, airy, on-campus spot for breakfast and lunch. Many offerings are locally sourced, from Ohio City Pasta dishes to kielbasa from the West Side Market. H P $

The Flaming Ice Cube vegan

140 Public Square, 216-263-1111. The first Cleveland location for this popular Youngstown vegan eatery specializes in baked goods, organic fair-trade coffee and fresh fruit smoothies. Soups, salads and sandwiches are traditional American fare but with a multicultural splash. All dishes are made in-house. H P $ [Reviewed 11/10 4 Read online]

Flat Iron Café irish

1114 Center St, 216-696-6968. Those seeking a classic Irish public house need look no further than Cleveland's oldest Irish pub, which turns 100 this year. The diverse menu offers a mix of salads, burgers, sandwiches, Lake Erie perch, and daily specials including meatloaf and seafood jambalaya. P $-$$

Ginza Sushi House japanese

1105 Carnegie Ave, 216-589-8503. Full sushi bar, daily lunch specials. A variety of Japanese foods, party trays, catering and carryout available. H $$-$$$

The Greenhouse Tavern contemporary

2038 E Fourth St, 216-393-4302. 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 C S $$$

Huron Square Deli deli

1150 Huron Road, 216-344-9236. Delicious food with fast and friendly service. Daily lunch specials are under $5, breakfast served all day. Services include breakfast, party trays, catering, box lunches and free local deliveries. $

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse steaks

123 W Prospect Ave, 216-344-2444. Voted Cleveland's best steakhouse. Casual yet sophisticated dining, serving prime aged beef, chops and fresh seafood. Connected to the Ritz-Carlton and the Renaissance Cleveland hotels. Lunch Mon-Fri. H T S $$$$

Johnny's Downtown italian

1406 W Sixth St, 216-623-0055. Northern Italian and continental cuisine served in an elegant atmosphere. H T P $$$$

Li Wah chinese

Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave, 216-696-6556. Authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine and fresh seafood in a contemporary atmosphere. Dim sum (brunch). Open daily including holidays. H $$

Lola contemporary

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 S $$$$

Mallorca spanish/portuguese

1390 W Ninth St, 216-687-9494. Specializing in Mediterranean, Spanish and Portuguese continental cuisine. H T P S $$$-$$$$

Market Cafe bistro

1801 E Ninth St, 216-394-0122. Market Cafe manages to offer the options of cafeteria-style eating but with the fresh variety of a neighborhood bistro. Food is traditional American with build-your-own salads, sandwiches, burgers and steaks. Everything at the various food stations is made from scratch. H $-$$

Metro Bar & Kitchen american

1352 W Sixth St, 216-241-1300. Formerly Metropolitan Cafe, the renovated restaurant has been transformed into a casual, urban eatery with two island-level bars, flat-screen TVs, a lounge and a dining room. The menu offers classic American foods such as burgers, flatbreads, fish and steaks, plus more than 50 beers and milkshakes for the over-21 crowd. H P $$

The Nauti Mermaid seafood

1378 W Sixth St, 216-771-6175. A relaxed Warehouse District spot with an eclectic menu heavy on seafood, from live lobster to littleneck clams to seafood quesadillas. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 p.m. H P $$-$$$

Otto Moser's Restaurant american

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

Ponte Vecchio Ristorante italian

2100 Superior Viaduct, 216-556-8200. Glass windows line nearly every dining room wall and give diners a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. The view is complemented by upscale Northern Italian cuisine presented in half portions and entrees. H T C S $$$-$$$$

Sans Souci french/mediterranean

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, 216-696-5600. Cuisine reflects the styles of coastal Italy, Spain and Morocco with specialties from Provence in a relaxed, French country atmosphere. H T S $$$-$$$$

Superior Pho vietnamese

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

Tucky's american

1701 E 12th St, 216-394-0256. Tuck Axlerod's local specialty shop for hot dogs, burgers, fries and shakes. The menu includes an authentic Chicago dog, Coney Island dog, fresh baked Philly jumbo pretzels, sirloin burgers and a giant condiment bar. H S $

Waterstreet Grill bistro

1265 W Ninth St, 216-619-1600. Old World bistro merges with hip lounge at this Warehouse District restaurant. The all-American menu changes seasonally with a focus on classics such as chicken paprikash and french onion soup. Wine list offers a hearty selection of international wines. Flavored vodka and rum are infused in-house. H P $$-$$$

XO Prime Steaks steaks

500 W St Clair Ave (corner of West Sixth Street), 216-861-1919. Upscale lounge meets prime steakhouse in this West Sixth Street locale that's a dinner hot spot for business networking and a late-night spot for the bar crowd. The roughly 120 bottle wine list centers around the food, which is heavy on fresh steaks and seafood. H T $$$$

Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria mexican

2071 E Fourth St, 216-781-0420. Authentic Mexican food served in a Mexican environment. The largest tequila selection in Ohio. All items are made from scratch on the premises, including the flour tortillas. H T P $$

Zinc french/bistro

668 Euclid Ave, 216-583-9462. This cozy bistro is modeled after the casual gathering places of Paris. The menu is just as dressed up with inventive preparations of French classics such as coq au vin and steak tartare and a creative lineup of handcrafted cocktails. H T P C $$$

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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 P $$ [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. H T 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 P $$$-$$$$

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. H T 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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56 West american

16300 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-0056. Visiting this relaxing restaurant is just like stopping by a friend's house. Organic food with a sense of humor, every dish boasts creative names such as the grilled "one hot chick" sandwich. H C $$

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 Ellis Cooley is committed to using local products on his inventive menu that emphasizes small plates, farm-to-table cooking and imaginative combinations. H T $$

Bác bistro

2661 W 14th St, Cleveland, 216-938-8960. Owner Bác Nguyen turns his childhood Asian culinary influences on theirs 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. H P $$ [Reviewed 12/10 4 Read online]

Bar Cento italian

1948 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-274-1010. Bar Cento, from the Italian word for 100, serves a Roman-inspired Italian menu as well as 100 Belgian beers and 100 wines from around the world. Open 365 days till 2 a.m. H P $$

Big Daddy's Cheesesteaks sandwiches

16804 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-251-1000. Putting a Cleveland spin on the Philly classic, owner Jason Noyes adds sauteed onions, pepper and mushrooms to shaved sirloin and American cheese sauce. Order cheese-steaks at the counter, or opt for other comfort-food staples such as pulled pork, corned beef, soup and a rotating chili of the day during the winter. H $

Bistro on Lincoln Park bistro

2391 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-862-2969. A comfortable 70-seat corner spot in Tremont. The setting perfectly complements the unfussy Mediterranean-inspired, seasonally driven food coming out of chef Pete Joyce's kitchen. $$$

Bruno's Ristorante and Catering italian

2644 W 41st St, Cleveland, 216-961-7087. Authentic Italian cuisine in a 40-seat setting with reasonable prices. Weekend reservations essential. H T P $$

Bucci's Brick Oven italian

13373 Smith Road, Middleburg Heights, 440-888-9800. Signature dishes include chicken pomodoro and brick-oven pizza plus specialty salads, pasta and seafood dishes, such as scrod and salmon. Very casual atmosphere. H $$

Cabin Club american

30651 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-899-7111. Thick, juicy steaks are the main attraction. Fine dining in an authentic log cabin with a casual yet upscale atmosphere, fresh seafood, daily features and an award-winning wine list. T $$$$

Cafe Tandoor indian

30030 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-835-7999. Authentic Northern Indian cuisine with tandoori specialties, vegetarian and nonvegetarian curry dishes and freshly baked breads. H T S $$-$$$

Civilization eclectic

2366 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-621-3838. This specialty-foods cafe serves pastries, cakes and cheesecakes as well as light menu items such as bagel sandwiches and authentic panini. P $

Danny Boy's Italian Eatery italian

20251 Lake Road, Rocky River, 440-333-9595. Thoughtfully presented, one-of-a-kind salads and appetizers with new twists on old favorites. Award-winning specialty pizzas and pasta pies. Family friendly with big portions. H $$

Dante contemporary

2247 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-274-1200. 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 $$-$$$ [Reviewed 10/10 4 Read online]

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 prosciutto-stuffed quail, duck 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 attitude. H $$

Dervish mediterranean/turkish

35840 Chester Road, Avon, 440-937-0733. There's the well-done fare you'd expect, including kebobs, hummus, Turkish doner and baba ghanoush, plus a few twists you may not, such as pide bread baked daily and lamacun (Turkish pizza). The latter makes this new Avon spot stand out. H $$ [Reviewed 2/11 4 Read online]

Dish Deli and Catering deli

1112 Kenilworth Ave, Cleveland, 216-523-7000. Tremont deli specializing in fresh, whole foods bought from local vendors. Restaurant-quality food at an accessible, neighborhood deli. Catering available. P $

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. Full bar. P $$$

Flying Fig contemporary

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

Frankie's Italian Cuisine italian

27828 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 440-892-0064; 4641 Great Northern Blvd, North Olmsted, 440-734-8646. Serving Italian food for 40 years. All of Frankie's sauces are made from old secret family recipes. Catering, party room, as well as delivery are available. P $$

The Greek Village Grille greek

14019 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-228-4976. Pulling inspiration from traditional Greek gyro shops, Greek Village offers authentic gyros and souvlaki, Greek-style fries, stuffed grape leaves and more. H S $$

Harpo's Sports Café american

Brookgate Shopping Center, 5777 Smith Road, Brook Park, 216-267-7777. Full menu, 40-cent wings Tue. Six big screens and 76 TVs. Hours vary with season. H $$

Grumpy's Cafe american

2621 W 14th St, Cleveland, 216-241-5025. Decorated with art by local artists, Grumpy's look is a constantly changing backdrop to a menu of American classics such as burgers and salads and food with a spicy twist such as Mexican lasagna, stir fry and burritos. It's a favorite spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner among locals. Bring your own booze, and enjoy free Wi-Fi, too. H P $$

Herb's Tavern american

19925 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-9870. An old-style tavern that's been known as Herb's for more than 40 years. Have a beer and a sandwich and kick back with friends. H $$

Indian Delight indian

5507 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-651-4007. This Gordon Square spot offers an authentic mix of Northern Indian dishes with a focus on Hyderabadi cuisine and Southern Indian specialties such as rice crepes with potatoes and onions. H P $$

Joe's Fine Deli & Restaurant deli

19215 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, 440-333-7890. Full delicatessen in a family atmosphere with pastas, seafood, gourmet salads, burgers and chophouse fare. H S $$

Johnny Mango World Café & Bar latin american

3120 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, 216-575-1919. World cafe and juice bar in Ohio City serving burritos, quesadillas, stir-fried entrees and vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere is equatorial, the freshly squeezed juice drinks refreshing. H P C $$

Johnny's Bar italian

3164 Fulton Road, Cleveland, 216-281-0055. Mahogany, marble and leopard rugs set the tone in the bar while the dining room serves Northern Italian and continental cuisine. P $$$$

Lago italian

2221 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-344-0547. Tremont's first Northern Italian restaurant features homemade dishes made from original recipes and fine ingredients. Vegetarian menu on Mon. H T P C $$$-$$$$

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. H T P C $$$-$$$$

Lolita bistro

900 Literary Ave, 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 P S $$-$$$

Luchita's Mexican Restaurant mexican

3456 W 117th St, Cleveland, 216-252-1169; 1134 N Abbe Road, Elyria 440-365-0094. These popular, family-run restaurants serve authentic Mexican cuisine created with high-quality ingredients. 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. H P C $$-$$$

Maya Mexican Restaurant mexican

368 W Bagley Road, Berea, 440-239-0559. Authentic Mexican fare made with quality meat and fresh vegetables. House-made chips and salsa. H $$

Melt Bar & Grilled american

14718 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-3699. Cozy bar featuring 30 variations of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, salads and homemade 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. P S $$-$$$

Moosehead Saloon american

694 Dover Center Road, Westlake, 440-871-7742. Quality American cuisine in a cozy Northern Exposure setting. Menu features ribs, seafood, burgers, salads and specialty sandwiches as well as domestic, imported and microbrewed beers. P $$

Nate's Deli middle eastern

1923 W 25 St, Cleveland, 216-696-7529. This small Middle Eastern restaurant near the West Side Market features baba ghanoush, falafel and hummus. H S $

Ohio City Burrito mexican

1844 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-664-0908. A casual dine-in and carryout spot with counter service, serving chicken, beef and pulled pork carnitas as well as its own signature mild and sweet salsa. $

The Old Angle Tavern american

1848 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-5643. A full-service tavern serving pub fare. Extensive Irish whiskey menu. Dining until 11 p.m. $$

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 $$$

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. H C S $$$-$$$$

Players on Madison american/italian

14523 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-5200. Exposed brick walls and vibrant colors give Players a romantic, fine dining feel with an air of fun. The menu follows suit with nightly specials including fish and pasta. Build your own pizza from 50 pizza and pasta toppings and sauces. Extensive wine list. Open nightly for dinner. H P C $$$

Roseangel mexican/latin american

5800 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-961-5800. At this modern taqueria, chef Marlin Kaplan offers diners good but inexpensive food in a fun atmosphere. The menu includes salsa appetizers, taco platters meant to share and dessert. The cocktail list includes 10 margaritas handcrafted with fresh juice. H P C $$ [Reviewed 2/11 4 Read online]

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, featuring huge crab legs and fresh seafood with traditional and seasonal specialties. Award-winning wine list. H S $$$

Santo's Italian Restaurant italian

7565 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, 440-234-6480. Family owned and operated for 39 years, serving homemade pasta and sauces. Veal, chicken, fish and veggie specialties. Full bar. $$-$$$

Souper Market soup house

2528 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-737-7687; 14809 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-712-7292. Carryout joint with a counter for dining in. Ten soups and several salads daily plus chilled soups in spring and summer. H S $

Stino da Napoli italian

19070 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-3944. This 100-seat eatery packs 'em in for the authentic Italian food from the Naples region, served in a casual atmosphere. Weekend reservations essential. No credit cards. H T $$$

Tartine Bistro french

19110 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-331-0800. French-inspired bistro with a full bar in an Old World atmosphere. Sophisticated wine list and affordable tapas on a seasonal menu. H P C $$

Treehugger's Café american/vegetarian

1330 W Bagley Road, Berea, 440-973-4277. Nearly every item on this casual eatery's menu is organic and seasonal. Choose from wraps, burgers, rice bowls and salads, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. H P $$

Ty Fun thai

815 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, 216-664-1000. Upscale, contemporary Thai bistro serving a wide array of authentic Thai cuisine with extensive vegetarian and cocktail selections. Informal, intimate, fun setting. H T S $$

West Side Market Café american

1979 W 25th St (in West Side Market, Lorain Avenue entrance), Cleveland, 216-579-6800. Market-fresh comfort foods in a casual, eclectic atmosphere. H $$

Wild Mango Restaurant & Bar contemporary

362 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, 440-979-1888. Beautiful surroundings are matched with chef-owner Jia Wei's beautiful presentations of contemporary, multicultural cuisine with an Asian flair. H T S $$$-$$$$

Wood & Wine wine bar/pizza

38790 Chester Road, Avon, 440-934-9463. Chefs take advantage of a wood-burning oven to create more than just Neapolitan and American-style pizza. This casual wine bar also roasts a variety of its ingredients, such as chicken wings and artichokes, in the oven for a smoky flavor that permeates dishes from pastas to salads. H $$

XYZ Tavern gastropub

6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-706-1104. The latest addition to Gordon Square features a rotating list of tavern fare and comfort-style entrees alongside staple salads, share plates and sandwiches. H $$

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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 Р $$-$$$$

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 T $$$ [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 T $$-$$$

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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