Akron's only mechanical bull spins as fast as the Whiskey Ranch's hyperactive light show. Decorative saddles and fenceposts complete the C&W motif, in addition to rock and country loud enough to hear on the other side of the river -- in Tennessee.
Warm, welcoming, and handsomely appointed, this upscale Thai restaurant offers a large selection of well-prepared if somewhat understated curries, stir-fries and noodle dishes, including lots of vegetarian creations.
This is an award-winning Hurdzan Design Group golf course and home to Bill Reilly, a PGA professional of the year. It has a gourmet dining area, sparkling swimming pool, and three clay tennis courts.
Brewmaster Joe Maunowski is in charge of the 1,600 barrels of Dragon Slayer, Paul Bunyan, and Black Silk beers brewed each year.
There’s no shortage of history in this venerable Akron bar — and plenty of classic rock and blues performers too.
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.
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.
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.
This comedy club south of Cleveland books many of the region’s best comics, in addition to top-flight headliners.
Like the South's great roadside BBQ stands, this little eatery is tucked into a Plain-Jane building with minimal charm. Fortunately, the tender, slow-smoked meats -- ribs, brisket, pork tenderloin, chicken,turkey,and sausage -- more than make up for it. Add tang with one of a half-dozen house-made sauces representing various regional styles. Carry out or dine in.
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.
On weekends, local jazz and R&B bands play on a small stage in the back of this eclectic American steakhouse, which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Reopened and under new management.
This vintage Akron club hosts everything from indie bands and electronic DJs to punk nights and jam sessions.
This downtown Akron club books bands that never would have found the Rubber City a few years ago — say, Dinosaur Jr. and the Drive-By Truckers. Between the touring acts, original locals take the stage.
Now with a Sunday liquor license, Adams Street is a neighborhood leather-and-Levi club outfitted with Herb Ritts wall prints.
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.
The Iron Saddle is still bike-friendly, but it's less of a roadhouse, and more of a rock bar, serving up old-school and new-school hot riffage.
One part vacation-town bar and one part homestyle restaurant, Fisher's is a favorite stop for brewskies and burgers (or salads and ice cream) after biking or hiking on the nearby Towpath Trail. In warm weather, seats on the shaded patio become prime real estate.
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