Restaurants: Pubs/Wine & Martini Bars
Operated by chef Shawn Monday (One Red Door), Flip Side builds its gourmet burgers from all-natural, grass-fed Ohio beef, a welcome change from the corn-fed versions everywhere else. Nearly a dozen different models are available, plus the expected crunchy sides like onion rings, french fries, and housemade potato chips. Great milkshakes and craft beers round out this urban saloon-style eatery.
Formerly the 53-year-old Reserve Inn, this Hudson space has been updated with crisp wood floors, walls clad in weathered barn siding, and tables topped in brown craft paper, giving it a masculine, clubby feel. The menu offers a predictable pool of crowd-pleasing chestnuts like house-fried chips, flatbreads, burgers, and grilled meats. Along with the food, a good beer and wine selection — including wines on tap — make this upscale casual pub a safe bet for mixed groups.
This gourmet grocery-turned wine bar/restaurant is winning over well-heeled suburbanites with its laid-back wine-cellar atmosphere and moderately priced gourmet fare. Diners pay just $5.50 over retail for any of the hundreds of bottles of wine.
Valhalla for wing nuts, with burgers, malts and lots of car-bohydrates to rev about. The sauces range from sweet to “Atomic,” and the rib buzz will linger late into the night. As for the décor: picture the Hard Rock Café with NASCAR art instead of music memorabilia. Nice outdoor patio bar. Theme fun for the family or your pit crew.
Nestled on the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this lovingly built, family-owned and -operated winery, wine bar, and crafts gallery offers a small lineup of paninis and simple noshes to accompany the sweet Ohio wines. No one claims it's gourmet fare, but the rustic setting and pastoral views make it well worth a visit.
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