Yes, its part of a national group of Nashville-based restaurants. But J. Alexanders still gets the nod for intelligently conceived and well-prepared food, served in a gimmick-free atmosphere. Prices are right, portions are huge, and the slowly roasted prime rib is probably Clevelands finest.
The former Blake's Seafood Grille was shuttered for a makeover, resulting in Jekyll's, a contemporary bar and grill. Operated by the Hyde Park group, the restaurant offers up a reliable allotment of steakhouse starters, chops and sides. For guests in the market for a more casual experience, an expanded lounge proves a lively perch to enjoy pub grub items like sliders, pizzas and burgers. For an up-close-and-personal view of the Falls, come early to secure a seat on the swanky patio.
This attractive Larchmere Boulevard space is operated by the folks behind Angie's Soul Café and Zanzibar Soul Fusion. Here, the focus is on Cajun and Creole dishes inspired by the Big Easy: Think authentically prepared gumbo, jambalaya, BBQ shrimp, and étouffée. The seafood is fresh, the sauces vivacious, the portions robust, and the prices right where they should be.
If you weren't born into an Italian family, dining at this unpretentious Solon restaurant could be the next best thing. Chef-owner Jimmy Daddano makes all his sauces from traditional recipes: Yeasty garlic rolls, slathered with butter and cheese, arrive fresh from the oven, and Jimmy's mom makes the homemade desserts from scratch.
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