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My Perfect Meal, My Favorite Neighborhood: A Tasting Menu of Our Favorite Bites in Cleveland’s Best Dining Districts 

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS

Like the people who live there, Cleveland Heights is diverse when it comes to its menu of food options. From old school to new, the options run the gamut from refurbished diner to loud and lively Southwest.

The bustling Lopez Southwest Kitchen (2196 Lee Rd., 216-932-9000, www.lopezonlee.com) is the ideal place to kick start a night on Lee thanks to killer margaritas and delicious snacks like chips and guac, and sweet and spicy calamari.

Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., 216-795-0530) might be best knows as a venue for live music, but there are noteworthy things happening in the kitchen, too. A new chef has elevated classic dishes like the Dublin Lawyer, while introducing fresh new dishes like fish tacos.

Pay a visit to Rockefeller’s (3099 Mayfield Rd., 216-321-0477, rockefellerscleveland.com) and you'll be bowled over by the space, a former bank that feels more like a castle than a retail establishment. Chef Jill Vedaa's addictive calamari with coconut milk glaze has become required eating for all who dine here.

You can't mention Coventry without mentioning Tommy’s (1824 Coventry Road, 216-321-7757, tommyscoventry.com), a Cleveland Heights institution if ever there was one. While rightly known for its vegetarian fare, Tommy's makes a mean meat pie, especially the Aunt Gay with cheese, sesame sauce and veggies. Boasting one of the few wood-burning ovens on this side of town,

Vero Bistro (12421 Cedar Rd., 216-229-8383, verocleveland.com) turns out some of the best Neapolitan-style pizza in the Heights. An airy, chewy outer crust blistered with char gives way to a thin, crisp inner crust supporting a few choice ingredients.

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