You might not know this place, which is on a strip that also boasts Panini's, the Clevelander and AJ Rocco's, but it's a hidden gem of the Gateway District. Homemade Italian food is ready cafeteria-style for your hunger pangs, but more importantly, the small bar is staffed by a super friendly staff, the music isn't overpowering, and everyone who hangs out there is down to chat. You're not surrounded by 100 TVs, so the focus really is on a corner tavern atmosphere where you can be sure the bartender is going to remember your name and your pals are going to be able to hear what you're saying.
828 Huron Rd. E., 216-348-8600, huronpointtavern.com.