Mesquite-grilled steaks are the stars at this handsome Cal-contemporary dining room in Brecksville, where guests can dine by the fireplace, at the bustling bar, or in cozy booths. Beyond the beef, faves include plush pulled-pork sammies, savory baby back ribs and wood-grilled salmon. A roundup of 'small plates' caters to more modest appetites.
Perched on a hill overlooking the Ohio countryside, this rambling lodge offers a lovely backdrop for Executive Chef Brandt Evans' hearty American fare. While entrées like short ribs and mac 'n' cheese may sound homey, count on Evans to update them with luxury ingredients and season them with culinary magic.
The plastic and neon of the Montrose shopping district are two miles and several decades removed from this little roadhouse. But while the Alley's big menu of sandwiches, pizza and salads seems soothingly unfashionable, execution is above average, the car-themed decor is charming, and the attitude is hip.
Comfy, cozy, and family-friendly, Hudson's is a classic neighborhood restaurant, serving reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, as well as libations from the full bar. While the owners' culinary chops are apparent in creations like Jamaican-spiced pork loin or bourbon-glazed salmon, the menu is far more homey than haute, with enough burgers, chicken, and meatloaf to satisfy even the least adventurous eater.
Trips to the family-owned Mapleside Farms have been a tradition in Northeast Ohio since 1927. Now new owners have updated the restaurant and renamed it Melrose Grille. The barn-chic bistro boasts homestyle classics like meatloaf, pork chops, and barbecue, while a new lounge and wine loft give younger neighbors a reason to visit the spectacular grounds.
Casual and unpretentious, the Pufferbelly has been bringing new travelers to Kent's landmark 1875 train station for more than two decades. The all-encompassing menu includes something for everyone, with varying degrees of success. But even if the restaurant can't claim to offer destination dining, as an occasional layover on life's travels, it generally fills the bill.
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