Established 1940 8700 Detroit Ave., Cleveland (216) 281-1437, ferrissteak.com
There was a time when steak was the best meal a person could imagine having. And there was also a time — before chain restaurants took up steak — that Ferris Steak House on the West Side was just where you went for it. Ferris may not be the obvious choice anymore, but it’s still great. You get old Cleveland at its best. The lace curtains, faux grapes hanging from the ceiling and dark paneling don’t wow you. Rather, they comfort you, reminding you of rides in the old Chevy and the last oil crisis. But this isn’t just dining on memory lane; the food is as outstanding as ever, explaining why this place is the oldest family-owned-and-operated restaurant in town.