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Issue Date: April 2011

The City List: 2011 - Dining

[ 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 [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 $$$

[ East ]

Academy Tavern american/italian

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

Aladdin's Eatery middle eastern

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

Anatolia Café turkish

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

B Spot american

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

Balaton Restaurant hungarian

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

Ballantine american

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

Beach Club Grill american

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

Big Al's Diner american

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

Bistro 185 bistro

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

Bodega mediterranean

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

Burgers-N-Beer american

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

Burntwood Tavern american/gastropub

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

Cafe Tandoor indian

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

Casa D'Angelo italian

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

Chardon BrewWorks & Eatery brewpub

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

Claddagh Irish Pub irish

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

Dewey's Pizza italian

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

Dino's Restaurant and Banquet Center italian

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

Europa russian

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

The Fairmount wine bar

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

Falafel Café middle eastern

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

Felice Urban Café spanish/american

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

Fire Food & Drink american

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

Firehouse Grille & Pub brewpub

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

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

& Wine Bar steaks

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

Gamekeeper's Taverne american

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

Geraci's italian

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

Grum's Sub Shoppe sandwiches

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

Gusto Ristorante italian

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

Hiroshi's Pub american

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

Hunan by the Falls chinese

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

Indian Flame indian

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

Inn on Coventry american

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

Jekyll's Kitchen american

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

L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar french

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

La Dolce Vita italian

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


Le Oui Oui Crepe Cafe french

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

Lure Bistro bistro

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

Mama Santa's italian

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

Melt Bar & Grilled american

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

Menu6 contemporary

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

Mia Bella italian

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

Michaelangelo's italian

2198 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, 216-721-0300. True Italian cuisine and daily specials created by chef Michael Annandono in a smart, sophisticated setting. Full bar and extensive wine list. Private dining available. On-site parking. Open daily for lunch and dinner. H T P C $$$$

Moxie the Restaurant american

3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-831-5599. Guests can choose from house-made small, medium or large plates, opting to dine traditionally or in a shared-plate style at this progressive American bistro. The style is industrial contemporary with colorful nouveau murals and chrome accents. H T C $$$-$$$$

Naya Bistro & Lounge lebanese/mediterranean

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

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant japanese

1763 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-320-2302; 28601 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, 216-765-1305; 33003 Aurora Road, Solon, 440-498-3223. A fusion of authentic Japanese cuisine with Japanese-American dishes. Coventry Road location features Malaysian cuisine. H T S $$$

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar latin american

28601 Chagrin Blvd, Suite 900, Woodmere, 216-896-9020. Casual, nuevo Latino restaurant with fresh guacamole and a wide rum selection. Latin comfort food, seafood, steaks and chops. HT P C S $$-$$$

Pearl of the Orient chinese

20121 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, 216-751-8181. Landmark restaurant offering authentic Sichuan and Thai. Features shrimp, scallops, chicken and roast pork. H C S $$

Peppermint Thai Cuisine thai

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

Rockefeller's american

3099 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-0477. Taking over the second-floor space in the Heights Rockefeller building, chef Jill Vedaa presents a seasonal American menu with Latin-Asian flare. Divided into a lounge and restaurant, the space mirrors the hall of a medieval castle, making Rockefeller's an architecturally interesting place to dine. H $$-$$$

Saffron Patch indian

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

Sergio's Sarava brazilian

13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-295-1200. Sarava evokes the rhythm, sophistication and energy of Brazilian street life. In addition to entrees, the menu features an array of small plates that encourage diners to discover new flavors in a fun, relaxing environment. H T P C $$$

Taza Lebanese Grill lebanese

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

Tommy's vegetarian

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

Washington Place Bistro american

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

Zanzibar Soul Fusion southern

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

[ West ]

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. $$

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 $$

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 PC $$

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 Ð  $$-$$$$

Creekside Restaurant & Bar american

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

D'Agnese's Tomato Grill italian

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

Eddie's Pizzeria Cerino italian

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

Gasoline Alley american

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

Jaipur Junction indian

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

Ken Stewart's Lodge american

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

Lockkeepers italian

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

One Red Door american

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

Palate american/contemporary

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

Thyme the Restaurant contemporary

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

Yours Truly american

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

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