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Hudson is cut off from the rest of civilization, so it had to develop its own little restaurant ecosystem. Despite its small size and far-flung locale, this little village packs a tasty punch.
We like to start at North End Market (7542 Darrow Rd., 330-656-1238, northendwinefoodfun.com), where a dizzying array of wine and beer is paired with seasonal small plates and entrees in an unconventional retail setting. If you see a bottle you like in the retail shop, grab it and take it into the restaurant for a $10 additional corking fee.
Downtown 140 (140 N. Main St., 330-655-2940, downtown140.com) ups the elegance factor thanks to its cozy subterranean setting. We love the creamy baked camembert with fig jam and the seasonal preparation of foie gras.
Thanks to chef and owner Shawn Monday, One Red Door (49 Village Way, 330-342-3667, onereddoorhudson.com) continues to attract foodies from far afield. For a flavor packed snack, order up the roasted date stuffed with chorizo and manchego, wrapped in bacon, and served with smoked tomato.
The approachable and attractive Rosewood Grill (36 E. Streetsboro Rd., 330-656-2100, rosewoodgrill.com) quickly earned its place among Hudson mainstays thanks to quality, execution and value. Because Rosewood is a member of Hospitality Restaurants (think Cabin Club and Delmonico's), diners can count on quality steaks and chops.
In the market for fresh, healthy and light? Hit the cheery little Nosh Eatery (5929 Darrow Rd., 330-650-6674, nosheatery.com) for a tasty soup, salad or sandwich or salad. A favorite is the grilled chicken salad sandwich with grapes, Spanish almonds, sun-dried cherries and tarragon aioli on multi-grain bread.
As the cultural epicenter of Greater Cleveland, University Circle is surprisingly light when it comes to top-notch dining options – a situation made worse by the closures of Sergio's and Accent. But slowly, steadily that is changing.
If you're already at the Cleveland Museum of Art, then you have no reason to bypass the two new restaurants there, Provenance and Provenance Café (11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org). The first is an elegant fine dining destination while the latter is a quick-serve but remarkably refreshing café.
ABC the Tavern (11434 Uptown Ave., 216-721-1511, abcthetavern.com) in Ohio City become wildly popular for any number of reasons, but one of them is the "smashed and grilled" burgers topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and fried onion "frizzles." Guess what? You don't have to go to Ohio City to scarf one down.
L’Albatros (11401 Bellflower Rd., 216-791-7880, albatrosbrasserie.com), one of Zack Bruell's growing portfolio of eateries, is as close to dining perfection as one can find in Cleveland. Settle in for a glass of crisp white wine, garlicky escargots, and fine artisan cheeses.
The drop-dead gorgeous Club Isabella (2175 Cornell Rd., 216-229-1111, clubisabella.com) woos newcomers first with the old-meets-new setting and second with the inventive cuisine of chef-owner Fabio Mota. For an autumn stunner of a dish, order the cider-braised pork shank sided by coriander scented couscous and an apple cider reduction.
We're suckers for a great Indian lunch buffet, and the one served at Indian Flame (11623 Euclid Ave., 216-791-5555) is reliably consistent. With seven or eight vegetarian and meat dishes, not counting rice, breads and chutneys, nobody's leaving this joint hungry.
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