Wilbert’s mixes local acts with touring artists trying to get a toehold in town. Blues, rock, folk, indie, reggae, and jam bands all mingle here, so you’re never quite sure what you’ll hear.
One of several Lizards roaming Northeast Ohio, the Peninsula link in this homegrown chain of casual sports bars is our favorite, especially for the building's pre-reptilian history as a small-town roadhouse and 1950s-style nightclub. Besides the ambiance of slightly faded glory, we also enjoy the casual menu of reliably prepared foods, which include great wings, good burgers and hearty, well-dressed salads.
A line begins forming out the door around 10:30 a.m. and it doesnt seem to let up for hours. Breakfast is served all day and features the usual egg and batter suspects plus killer corned beef hash, over-stuffed omelets and a well-stacked breakfast sandwich.
One of many area outposts for this locally based tavern chain, the Independence Winking Lizard offers the typical combo of sports-themed decor, casual noshes including the better-than-average wings, burgers, wraps and big salads and a killer collection of suds. Full bar.
Noisy, friendly, and relaxed, the Lizard is one of Gateway's sure bets for juicy burgers, imaginative sandwiches, and overflowing salad bowls. The huge international beer list doesn't hurt either.
Wood & Wine will never be a romantic Italian ristorante. But that doesn’t bother the west-side diners who fill the place almost nightly. The star of the show here is thin-crusted, wood-fired pizza. Round out the meal with hearty, flavorful, and justly priced pasta dishes. A handful of steaks and fish are available for the carb-phobic. Extensive wine list with more than few gems.
With roots dating back to 1840, this quaint rural tavern has a long history. Since being acquired by Gamekeeper’s Hospitality, the Inn has taken on a fresh appearance. Hearty home-style comfort foods like chicken pot pie, meatloaf and roast turkey dinner mingle with more modern pastas, seafood and steaks. Full bar.
The large menu features Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan cuisines, as well as Japanese, Korean and Indian specialties.
It's not always easy to peg Willeyville, the new Flats East Bank restaurant from chef-owner Chris DiLisi, but half the fun is in the discovery. The chef's creativity and enthusiasm are apparent on the menu, which includes six separate sections and more than 30 options. Stand-outs include lightly breaded calamari, adobo-flavored shrimp tacos, and big, juicy and flavorful pork meatballs.
Part of a small regional chain with locations in Montrose and Canton, this splashy Japanese steakhouse boasts ocean blue accents, uptempo music and lighting, and mesmerizing water features. In addition to the good, filling and typical hibachi feasts, the menu offers a full line-up of sushi, tempura, noodle and teriyaki dishes.
This mellow East Fourth St. bar packs no shortage of different styles on its stage — everything from reggae and blues to jazz and R&B. On weekends, DJs take over for the late shift.
Established in 1953 as a rural roadhouse, Whitey's present-day specialties are booze, burgers, and superlative chili. The cozy atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, although on weekends, long waits for a table are to be expected.
An offshoot of the popular Lakewood Village Tavern, it was important to the owners that the kitchen offer the same sort of homey, affordable fare. Daily specials like mac and cheese and meatloaf are sold at ridiculously low prices. Saturday is steak night. Rounding out the menu are half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches and wraps, and a 21-piece shrimp dinner.
Don't let the "wine bar" designation fool you: This second-floor boîte in the First and Main shopping district (above Solaire spa) is really a small but elegantly appointed restaurant, serving a generally well-executed menu of contemporary French and Mediterranean cuisine.
Another changing of the guard has placed this convenient café inside the West Side Market in good hands. Tom Szoradi, veteran chef and owner of the long-running Juniper Grille, has elevated the quality, consistency, and creativity of this breakfast-and-lunch mainstay. Breakfasts are upscale versions of diner classics; sandwiches consist of house-roasted meats atop artisan-baked breads; and fun starters like sausage-studded Hanky Pankies (cheesy fondue) and tempura-fried shitakes kick-start the meal.
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