Comfy, cozy, and casual enough to take the kids, this tidy taqueria offers a large menu of freshly prepped Mexican and Tex-Mex standards, ranging from flautas, burritos, and homemade tamales to cheesecake and fried ice cream. Special menus for kids and non-carnivores make it a particularly appealing family destination.
This pretty hacienda would look more at home on a Mexican hillside than on busy Lorain Road, but the big menu of housemade south-of-the-border fare will be familiar to most Northeast Ohioans. Among the notables, spicy serrano-spiked salsa is a standout, and quivering homemade flan, with a dulce de leche caress, is a delight.
A venerable Berea beer joint in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Karaoke is the Eastland's top draw during the week, and blues musicians often take over on the weekends.
Burgers, bourbon, and apple pies are the triple calling cards of this handsome restaurant in downtown Lakewood. The father-and-son owners are members of the fabled Cerino clan of Cleveland restaurateurs, and their savvy shines through in everything from the cohesively decorated space -- a cheerful blend of contemporary and vintage touches -- to the attentive, friendly service. Don’t-miss dishes include the signature E ‘n’ E Burger, the twice-fried frites, and the country fried chicken. Garnished with an imported cherry, the Manhattans kick ass too.
Too often, Italian joints go heavy on the comfort and light on the quality. Not so here where owner Eddie Cerino approaches traditional Italian food less like a grandmother and more like a chef. The result is food that looks familiar but tastes modern. And thanks to half orders of salad and pasta, diners have control over portion size and price. $$$
With a decidedly California feel, this attractive wine bar boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows and low-slung tables and couches. An appealing roster of small and not-so-small plates goes well beyond the ubiquitous cheese board. Come for the food, stay for the Enomatic, a self-serve dispenser that marries smart-card technology with sweet, sweet wine.
Chef, artist and musician Antonio Carafelli turns humble Tex-Mex and Latino standards into flavorful masterpieces in this little Lakewood storefront.
Founded in 1905, the Elyria Country Club offers a William Flynn-designed, 18-hole golf course along the Black River. In addition, there are an excellent pool for the family, a fitness center, tennis courts, a driving range, banquet rooms, meeting facilities, and casual dining.
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