If you think everything fades after three decades, check out this mainstay of the East Side dining scene, where the seasonal menu of well-crafted cuisine remains reliably, vibrantly up-to-date. Summer lunches on the shady, tree-lined patio are a high point of the season; in the winter, several fireplaces make for cozy indoor dining.
The plastic and neon of the Montrose shopping district are two miles and several decades removed from this little roadhouse. But while the Alley's big menu of sandwiches, pizza and salads seems soothingly unfashionable, execution is above average, the car-themed decor is charming, and the attitude is hip.
Since opening at Beachwood's posh lifestyle center Legacy Village, this Asian bistro has been turning heads as much for its splashy décor as for its food — a collection of Southeast Asian staples like pho, pad Thai and many other noodle, rice, and stir-fry dishes. In the process, Gia Lia gives Eastsiders an elegant space to sip, twirl, and spoon up some approachable Asian grub.
Filled with maps (of Ireland, Cleveland, and the world), this downtown pub is big enough for the small airplane hanging from the ceiling to fly around in.
Having worked at famed Nobu, chef Dante Boccuzzi had lofty aspirations when creating Ginko, his subterranean sushi restaurant that sits below the chef's eponymous Dante. As a result, Ginko is a paean to fish, most of it raw, some of it rolled, all of it exceptional. Diners seated at one of the two booths can also enjoy shabu shabu, Japanese-style fondue. Beer, wine, and sake are available.
The little sushi bar that could now tosses a mean lobster tail and steak on the hibachi. Wash everything down with a thimble of sake or a cold Kirin. And save room for some green tea ice cream.
Blink your eyes as you zip through town, and you're likely to miss this little Italian restaurant and that would be a shame, because the selection is broad, the preparations are sophisticated, and the prices are reasonable. For dessert, don't miss the mascarpone-dense, barely sweetened, homemade tiramisu.
Overstuffed corned beef on rye, pastrami platters, kosher salami stacks sided with potato salad.
Now under the ownership of first-class culinarian Manny Nieves, this Rocky River anchor is part wine shop, part gourmet market, and part deli, featuring everything from Saturday-morning coffee and pastries to weeknight carryout dinners. At lunch, a tasty variety of freshly made sandwiches star, including the signature 2X BLT, featuring a double dose of double thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon from fine-meats purveyor Blue Ribbon.
Pie man Joe Schlott bakes his offerings fresh daily from all-natural ingredients, with locally grown fruits and pure-butter crusts. The result is 35 varieties of delicious seasonal pies, both sweet and savory. Pick one up at the store. Or order by phone for pick up the next day.
Ohio's first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) restaurant has drawn national kudos for both its design and its New American menu of locally sourced foods. Chef Jonathon Sawyer has a gift for making chef-driven fare seem both approachable and casual.
This cozy suburban tavern looks and feels like a British pub, even with four big screens and a tight stage.
Grotto specializes in Italian wines and tapas-style dishes. The focal point is a 1,000-bottle stone-and-brick wine cellar. The menu offers options for small and larger appetites, with items like antipasto plates, osso buco sliders, calamari, and grilled shrimp. In addition to a few soups and salads, the heartier fare includes pizzas and pastas.
A devastating fire put Grumpy’s out of commission for two years, but owner Kathy Owad has resurrected the beloved Tremont café in a cozy new space. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late-night weekend dining, Grumpy’s pretty much has you covered morning, noon and night. Expect hearty plates of reasonably priced, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food served with cheerfulness.
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