Aladdins serves a variety of simply prepared, Middle Eastern-inspired foods, including homemade soups, salads, pita wraps, steamed veggie plates, and pita pizzas. Choices for vegetarians abound, and freshly squeezed juices, fruit smoothies, and a small selection of beers and wines are available.
There are pizzas. And then there are Angelos pizzas: plump, fragrant works of art, from the thick provolone topping all the way down to the rich, yeasty crust. The chicken club is good, the veggie is great and the creamy, cheesy seafood pizza, topped with lobster cream, shrimp, crabmeat and fresh spinach, is the stuff of which our dreams are made. Salads, sandwiches, wings, a few pasta platters and a worthwhile beer list round out the menu at this good-looking spot.
Since 1948, this casual diner has been a part of West-Side life: so long, most residents can't recall a time when it wasn't dishing up burgers, onion rings, and milkshakes. A recent closure gave management the time to renovate the entire space, resulting in a fresh, vintage-tinged design that neatly fits with the retro menu. Here, thin, diner-style burgers, crisp onion rings, and thick milkshakes rule the roost. Fried clam fans will find some of the best in town.
The beers the thing at this hip-yet-homey Lakewood pub more than two dozen choices on draft, including what owner Garin Wright calls breakouts, hot stuff, and things youve never seen before in your life. Still, the food is keeping up , with a satisfying assortment of burgers (including some meat-free variations) as well as salads, soups, and assorted noshes.
A snug little hideaway just behind the Q, Cleats is part of a rapidly growing local chain of sports bars. Wings are the kitchen's claim to fame, but we've got our eyes on the fries fresh-cut cuties so good, we sometimes order them without the cheese and bacon.
Weve all been there: too tired to cook and too apathetic to pull on anything fancier than jeans. On such nights, this homey little eastern European spot is just the ticket, with its comforting, inexpensive food and staff of maternal servers.
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.
Chef, artist and musician Antonio Carafelli turns humble Tex-Mex and Latino standards into flavorful masterpieces in this little Lakewood storefront.
The perfect start to a session of retail therapy, First Watch is fashionable and airy, with a breakfast menu that slants toward salads, fruits, and veggies. The cranberry-nut pancakes with chewy gems of sweet-tart berries playing peekaboo from inside ephemeral cakes are like Prada for the palate.
Indian-food fans looking for some new tastes should check out this Kashmir Palace replacement. Spruced up in more ways than one, this comfortable restaurant features authentic Indian food that doesnt appear on other menus in town. Made from scratch by a talented chef, even familiar items like butter chicken and lamb madras sing with spice and flavor.
Friendly, clean, and cozy, Herbs Tavern is home to some of the West Sides favorite burgers (such as the mushroom-and-grilled-onion-topped Herb Burger), along with good homemade soups and chili. To wash them down, the bar stocks plenty of draft beers, as well as a wide selection of spirits and wine.
Located inside a small strip plaza, this colorful Indian fast food operation offers a far-ranging selection of fragrant, traditional dishes everything from northern faves like palak paneer to southern standards like masala dosa. Carry out or dine in at one of the handful of tables.
Joes is a comfortable, tidy restaurant with a large menu of homey standards, including excellent corned-beef sandwiches, homemade soups, and freshly made Middle Eastern specialties.
A tasty twist on the neighborhood tavern, this good-looking eatery earns props with a big menu of out-of-the-ordinary pub grub, including well-crafted oddities like corned-beef nachos and chili-topped mac & cheese.
Candles and white lights make every evening at the Merry Arts a little like Christmas in Killarney, minus the whole "Silent Night" thing.
Local pancake wranglers Jane and Mike Frazin head west with this, their second OPH location, where the expansive menu features flapjacks, waffles, crepes, French toast, eggs, and savory, thick-sliced bacon. Our pick? The Apple Pancake, a golden zeppelin of oven-baked goodness, stuffed with Granny Smith apples and glazed in cinnamon. Good coffee, too, from local Crooked River Coffee Company.
This dim watering hole is the quintessential neighborhood bar, but with one important twist: The homemade grub is several cuts above the competition. Especially noteworthy are the boffo burgers freshly ground, hand-formed giants, done to order and served with style and the plump pierogies, smothered with grilled onions and sour cream. Full bar, live music on weekends.
Soft seating, candlelight, and knowledgeable staffers fill this suburban wine bar with easy elegance. The reasonably priced wine list contains more than 400 selections, mostly from small boutique wineries, and a modest tapas menu includes cheeses, smoked salmon, and more. Afterward, stop in at the attached wine shop and take home some new favorites.
The fragrance and flavor of Tay Do's authentic Vietnamese cuisine full of ginger, lime, cilantro, and mint is enough to transport diners from the bare-bones dining room into a full-blown floral fantasy. Favorites include ephemeral Vietnamese crepes, strong French coffee with condensed milk, and some of the best tofu dishes in town. Small beer list try the Tsing Tao.
Noisy, friendly, and relaxed, the Lizard is one of Gateway's sure bets for juicy burgers, imaginative sandwiches, and overflowing salad bowls. The huge international beer list doesn't hurt either.
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