This Tremont taqueria puts the power of the pen in the diner's hand. Guests design their own tacos from a list of some 30 components — from shell to filling to salsa to toppings. The best part: They are all just $3 each. This blissfully informal approach is a great fit for the unpretentious food. In addition to the tacos, the menu features a few starters and sides, not to mention a landslide of tequilas and margaritas. The delightful patio makes a perfect perch to enjoy them.
The prototype for what owners hope will become a national chain, this cheerful quick-serve burger joint offers dribble-down-your-chin double-cheeseburgers, freshly cut fries and a small assortment of sandwiches and freshly made soups.
Comfy, cozy, and rich with vintage architectural detail, Civilization makes an ideal spot for reading, web-surfing, or just lingering with agreeable companions over a smooth cappuccino, a fresh muffin, or lunchtime soups and sandwiches.
The city's ultimate Italian sweet shop, Corbo's bakes nearly two dozen different types of cookies every day. Seven-layer cookies, cookies coated with toasted pine nuts, cookies stuffed with apricot filling, cannoli and four or five types of biscotti are just a few of its delicious offerings. The bakery opens early and stays open late on Fridays and Saturdays, making this a sweet destination for coffee and cookies after a stroll through Little Italy.
Cuisine of India specializes in wallet- and family-friendly Indian food in a strip mall close to the Tri-C West campus.
Modeled after a Pacific Northwest coffee house, Erie blends a rustic chic aesthetic with top-notch java. While caffeine is the company's stock in trade, customers also can fuel up on freshly prepared salads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and real-fruit smoothies.
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.
Baker and proprietor John MacMillan left a corporate job to open this bakery. Now he's up to his elbows in dough and couldn't be happier. Crisp baguettes, dense loaves made with organic flours, tender sweet rolls, berry-filled muffins, and old-fashioned cookies come rolling out of John's ovens. Enjoy them at an indoor table with a cup of coffee or tea; better yet, in summer, eat your snack on the breezy porch.
Part of a no-frills Illinois chain, the region's first Jimmy John's specializes in plump, fresh, and remarkably inexpensive subs and giant club sandwiches, including several options for vegetarians. And in a tip o' the hat to downtown's remaining workers, JJ's delivers.
Taking a page from the Big Apple playbook, this pretty little bakeshop is all about cupcakes, in dozens of flavors and garnished with a superlative buttercream frosting. Served on a cupcake-sized plate, a cup of tea on the side, they may well be the sweetest snack in town.
This little gem of an ice-cream parlor and candy store couldn't be sweeter. Done up in cotton-candy colors, with an Alice in Wonderland tea-party theme, Malley's makes jumbo sundaes, ice cream sodas, milkshakes, parfaits, and special treats like strawberry shortcakes with generous scoops of ice cream, real whipped cream, and homemade sauces. Long hours ensure you can always get your daily ice-cream fix.
Mister Brisket (a.k.a. Sanford Herskovitz) has expanded his specialty butcher shop to include a carryout sandwich counter, featuring everything from barbecued beef to rich Romanian pastrami. But the real draw is the unconventional corned beef, baked in a convection oven, rather than boiled, as is done in most delis. Does it make a difference? Try it, then decide for yourself.
Madagascar vanilla, Holland cocoa, and berries from the great Northwest all find their way into brothers Mike and Pete Mitchell's stupendous homemade ice cream. Besides scoops of candy-crammed Double-Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, the colorful and contemporary year-round ice-cream parlor serves big specialty sundaes, malts, shakes, and fat-free fresh fruit smoothies.
Pete and Mike Mitchell's handmade ice cream is probably the best in the region, and their colorful, contemporary ice cream parlor couldn't be more inviting. Key lime pie and mango are our current passions among the 30 or so ice cream and sorbet flavors, but we've never found anything that wasn't great. Best yet, the shop is open daily, year-round.
This is the largest of Pete and Mike Mitchell's contemporary ice-cream shops, as well as home to the brothers' production facility, where ice-cream meister Mike Mitchell works his small-batch magic, developing taste sensations that range from Key lime pie to double-chocolate chunk. (Fat-free fruit smoothies are available for the diet-conscious.)
Consider this locally grown shop, run by an Ohio City-based brother-sister team, your alternative to that Denver-based chain, offering friendly staff, fast service, and fat burritos stuffed with a variety of freshly prepped fillings. Soft tacos and salads add variety. Take out, or dine in at one of the brightly painted tables.
Part chemist, part craftsman, Adam Gidlow produces fine artisanal breads, bursting with honest wheat flavor and giving off clouds of nutty, toasty aromas. French baguettes are the real deal, with crisp but pliable crusts; rustic Italian loaves are an epiphany; and croissant-like sticky buns are a naughty dream. Mostly carryout, but two bistro tables accommodate those who can't wait.
Tucked into a small space just south of Public Square, Ontario Street Café is hidden in plain sight. This classic Cleveland bar has been around for longer than most regulars can recall — but then again, most have been drinking since noon. Despite the well-worn interior — and less-than-welcoming exterior — this is no dive bar. Bartenders wear white shirts and neckties. Service is prompt and professional. And the fresh-sliced deli sandwiches are out of this world. Drinks are dirt cheap but you need cash to enjoy them.
For 15 years, the Fromholzers ran a handful of successful cheesesteak shops in the City of Brotherly Love. In the summer of 2010 they opened this friendly Twinsburg sandwich shop. Hands down the best cheesesteak in town, plus stuffed hoagies and (on special nights) juicy roast pork with sautéed broccoli raab.
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.
Made-from-scratch soups are dispatched from this tiny walk-up soup house across from the West Side Market. With 10 great soups daily, finding the right bowl is child’s play.
Stan's son, Dave Srodek, still makes everything from scratch, using his dad's 100-year-old recipes for his Polish specialties. Holiday stollen, kuchen, and sweet breads; marshmallow-cream-filled lady locks; and more than a dozen varieties of fat, flavorful, handmade pierogi (including apple, prune, and seasonal meats) are among Dave's claims to fame. Deli sandwiches, doughnuts, and cookies are also available. Carryout only.
Owner Jeffrey Moreau, a former ad man, set out to revive the great tradition of neighborhood ice-cream parlors — and boy did he succeed. Wall-to-wall with ice cream sundaes, chocolate candies, buttery fudge, crunchy caramel corn, and creamy root beer floats, Sweet Moses has instantly become Gordon Square's go-to dessert destination
Essentially a carry-out-only spot, Taste of Jamaica specializes in Caribbean fare. Here you'll find large portions of flavorful, home-cooked food like jerk chicken, curried chicken, goat curry, and braised oxtails. Most items are served with rice and beans and steamed cabbage. Cash only.
Essentially a carry-out-only affair, Taste of Kerala specializes in South Indian food. Bright, cheery and tidy, the storefront shop offers made-to-order fare like chicken biryani, chicken curry, and goat curry. Like other South Indian eateries, this one devotes a large portion of the menu to vegetarian dishes, including steamed idli with sambal or chickpea curry. Rather than rice, dishes here are served with chapati, wheat flatbread.
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