This warm sports bar hosts live rock and blues when major games aren't commanding attention.
Big, juicy steaks, an annotated wine list, and friendly waitresses make this the place for expense-account types to unwind after work or to entertain on the weekends. Excellent choices include the Cabin Club strip steak, the center-cut rib-eye, a behemoth porterhouse, and a buttery filet mignon. A few seafood and poultry items are also available.
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.
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.
Stampede over to Harry Buffalo when you need a fix of low-fat bison steaks, ribs, or burgers: This homegrown chain, with six area locations, is the largest purchaser of buffalo meat in Ohio. Besides bison, the large menu includes beef, salads, pastas, and chicken. The video games and a big list of imported, domestic, and microbrewed beers are just what urban cowboys need after a long week on the trail.
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.
While most of his Lakewood neighbors aim high or low, Jim Sprenger steers for the middle, serving good-quality grub at rational prices in a comfortable setting. Family-friendly comfort food like chicken paprikash, fish and chips, and amazing grass-fed-beef burgers share the menu with creative sandwiches and bacon-and-cheese-topped fries. Toss in quality craft brews and attentive service, and you are indeed eatin' good in the neighborhood.
In a region boasting scores of neighborhood taverns, the Linden stands out as one of the best for its comfy decor, friendly service, and large assortment of well-prepared eats. For this, thank the Eglinski family, the taverns operators since 1989. For a real taste of Clevelands heritage, dont miss the fresh Lake Erie perch and pierogi dinner, washed down with a locally brewed Dortmunder Gold.
The pool room has been turned into a music room, with both local and touring indie bands of all stripes. But the two-level ’60s-style lanes with hand pinsetting are still intact.
Known more for its ribs than its rock, Pacers features DJs on the weekends. A mammoth TV and lots of booths make it a good place to watch sports.
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.
Enjoy hickory-smoked and fire-grilled Southern-style favorites including ribs, pork, and beef brisket, served up inside a comfortable century home, or outside on the front porch or the large back deck. Daily lunch and dinner specials are joined by Sunday home-style breakfast. Live music on weekends makes this the perfect place for casual dining or a playful night out.
A venerable Lakewood tavern, complete with tin ceiling, wooden floors, and a well-worn bar, this neighborhood watering hole serves up booze, music, and more than a few made-from-scratch items including burgers, pot roast, and the popular black-bean soup during lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches.
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