Launched by Wooster chef-restaurateur Mike Mariola, the Rail is one of the most attractive adaptations of the gourmet burger bar to hit Northeast Ohio. Mariola's meat methodology consists of using local, grain-fed beef for his meaty half-pounders. Pair them with crunchy starters and sides, great craft beers, creamy hand-dipped milkshakes, and a trio of salads.
Town and gown unite behind the swinging doors of this venerable tavern, where the burgers sizzle, the French fries rock and the beer list goes on and on.
In the former Snickers building, this warm room has ornate wooden fixtures, and feels like a Victorian tavern -- but with red lights, a cool jukebox and a spicy menu.
The lights are low and the vibe is friendly inside this snug neighborhood tavern, a recently remodeled gem where the kitchen belts out tasty riffs on all-American bar food, including fresh-ground burgers, zesty fried calamari, and saucy, spicy chicken wings. Besides a solid collection of artisanal brews, the bar serves up inventive cocktails — some with a seasonal twist. Come summer, the secluded patio is the place to be.
Russian cuisine may sound exotic, but at its heart, it is Eastern European comfort food. Alongside hearty homestyle dishes like stuffed cabbage, beef stroganoff and pork cutlets are Continental items like pasta, beef Wellington and chops. Live Russian music on weekends draws a diverse crowd.
Formerly the Akron Scorcher's and the Tap House, the sport-and-rock-themed Ripper Owens' Tap House now has the former Judas Priest singer as a partner. When he's not on the road, he makes appearances.
One of the last remaining grande dames of the regions formal dining scene, this elegant Italian restaurant offers impeccable appointments, attentive service and a luxurious menu of steaks, veal chops, seafood and pasta. Yes, it is expensive. But the chance to put on a suit and feel like a grown-up? Priceless.
For years, this breathtakingly beautiful French Norman space has been reserved for private functions. With the unveiling of Rockefeller's, guests now can dine in an extravagant room built for a tycoon. Seasonal American with the occasional Asian kick, the dishes are creative but restrained and always delicious. Lounge seating with a complementary menu gives late-night noshers a tasteful place to roost.
You've gotta love Romeo's pizzas, award-winning numbers made from mountains of savory toppings slathered in tangy sauce and loaded onto thick but remarkably tender crusts and so delicious that they've taken pizza-meister Sean Brauser all the way to the World Pizza Championships in Italy. Romeo's menu also offers calzones, stromboli, salads, and sandwiches; except for one small table, it's carryout only at this bustling little spot.
You've gotta love Romeo's award-winning pizzas, made from mountains of savory toppings slathered in sweet and tangy sauce and loaded onto thick but remarkably tender crusts and so delicious that they've taken pizzameister Sean Brauser all the way to the World Pizza Championships in Italy. Romeo's also offers calzones, stromboli, salads and sandwiches, but keep your appetite in check: It's carryout only at this bustling little spot.
Built largely from local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, the vegetarian menu at this coffeehouse is wholesome if not terribly thrilling. Fresh salads, house-made soups, straightforward veggie sandwiches, pizzas, and calzones fill the concise menu. Superbly brewed Phoenix coffee pairs beautifully with Root's house-baked vegan and vegetarian pastries.
This handsome dining room earns praise for quality, execution, and value, if not ground-breaking originality. Contemporary American in spirit, the approachable menu marries shareable starters, bountiful salads, and crowd-pleasing sandwiches with choice steaks, pastas, and seafood. Full bar and patio with fire pit.
Soft seating, candlelight, and knowledgeable staffers fill this suburban wine bar with easy elegance. The reasonably priced wine list contains more than 400 selections, mostly from small boutique wineries, and a modest tapas menu includes cheeses, smoked salmon, and more. Afterward, stop in at the attached wine shop and take home some new favorites.
The tiny bar formerly known as Benny's now has two-dozen bar stools and has a classy lounge vibe.
Like a modern-day roadhouse, noisy, energetic Russo's features a wildly eclectic repertoire of Cajun, Italian, Asian and southwestern-influenced dishes. To really feel part of the action, grab a seat at the bar surrounding the open kitchen, and watch the culinary magic unfold.
Part of a small but growing Columbus-based chain, this neighborhood eatery offers a family-friendly vibe, a casual sports-bar motif, and a big menu of generally well-prepared comfort food (try the meatloaf!). Long international beer list.
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