A cool vibe and a sizzling menu of attentively prepared American fare have turned Doug and Karen Katz's bistro into one of the city's top restaurants. "Classical simplicity" is the watchword here, and when those classical techniques are applied to first-rate ingredients, the results are often nothing less than astonishing. Interesting list of food-friendly wines.
L'Albatros seduces diners with a roster of classic brasserie gems like escargot, roasted cod, and an outstanding selection of cheeses. But since this is a Zack Bruell restaurant, guests can count on more than a few contemporary menu twists, all served up in a series of intimate dining spaces and, in season, one of the region's loveliest secluded patios.
Every college campus needs a nearby spot like Mama Santa's, with its retro vibe, cheap wine, and stunningly inexpensive Italian eats. Thin, greaseless, crisp-crusted pizza is the specialty of the casa; when you and the gang can score a 15-incher for less than 10 bucks, who cares if there's a wait for a table?
Like a well-worn couch, this vintage corner tavern may show its age, but its comfort is undeniable. For proof, just look at the diverse clientele, chowing down on big portions of hearty, inexpensive food. While the burgers are always a good bet, the eclectic offerings include everything from ham & eggs to veal Parmesan, and chicken paprikash to black-eyed peas.
In a neighborhood where you can't swing a pizza box without hitting an Italian restaurant, this is one of the best, with generous servings of thoughtfully prepared foods, at reasonable prices. Specialties include angel-hair pasta loaded with plump, intensely flavored sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, and chopped kalamata olives, tossed with garlic and olive oil.
When it comes to soul food in Cleveland, there's none better than Angie's. Around town in various guises for decades, the home-cooking emporium dishes up massive platters of rib-sticking fare. Smothered pork chops, Salisbury steak, and braised oxtails are soul-satisfying to be sure. Toss in some fried chicken or perch and a mess o' sides, and you've got the makings of a killer Sunday supper.
When Michael Symon set out to craft Cleveland's best burger, he didn't take the task lightly. Built with beef supplied by legendary New York purveyor Pat LaFrieda, the burgers explode with beefy goodness. Other B's include brats, beer, and bad-ass milkshakes. Tack on orders of rosemary-scented Lola fries, golden onion rings, or blazing-hot Sriracha wings.
Hungarian food at its finest, in an attractive and inviting setting, has made Balaton a welcome addition to Shaker Square. The menu features Eastern European standards like stuffed cabbage, veal or chicken paprikash, pork or beef goulash, and breaded, sautéed chicken livers. For dessert, slices of warm strudel can't be beat.
If you miss Mom's cooking, this is the place to get your fix. Big Al's has all the comforting favorites, like thick, steaming soups, housemade mashed potatoes with gravy, open-faced roast beef sandwiches and chocolate cake for dessert. Breakfast is served until the diner's late-afternoon closing time.
Located just off the lobby of the Museum of Natural History, this colorful cafeteria makes a welcome stop for freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, salads, and entrées. Plenty of healthful, good-tasting options for vegetarians and kids are additional draws. And besides serving as a visitor amenity, the café is also open to the public, with no admission fee.
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