Part family restaurant, part community meeting place, this locally owned-and-operated eatery has been dishing it out for nearly three decades, to the delight of a devoted clientele. The enormous menu rambles from Reubens and blintzes to quesadillas, pork chops, and chicken Marsala with varying degrees of success. But the hot pastrami? That has never, ever let us down.
Downtown breakfast spots are rare, and handsome downtown breakfast spots with free parking are rarer still. But that's what you'll find at Carnegie Kitchen — along with a value-driven menu with broad appeal.
Besides stocking such essentials as pet food and toothpaste, this urbane market includes a big wine department, a selection of food-fashionable gifts, and a well-stocked deli overseen by an in-house chef. Eat-in/carry-out options range from mac & cheese to freshly prepared sushi. For a final taste of something sweet, grab an oversized German-chocolate brownie.
Every town needs a good family-owned and operated deli with offerings that range from corned beef and burgers to hot dogs and pulled pork; in Hudson, Deli on Rye is it. A long list of classic deli combos many named after surrounding communities adds to the fun, especially when paired with a cold beer.
If you crave it, chances are that Freshlys serves it, from a big menu of tasty international noshes including corned beef, pastrami, gyros, pizza, salads, pasta, and wings. Service is mostly carryout, but a few tables accommodate those who just hafta have it now.
Now under the ownership of first-class culinarian Manny Nieves, this Rocky River anchor is part wine shop, part gourmet market, and part deli, featuring everything from Saturday-morning coffee and pastries to weeknight carryout dinners. At lunch, a tasty variety of freshly made sandwiches star, including the signature 2X BLT, featuring a double dose of double thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon from fine-meats purveyor Blue Ribbon.
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.
Mister Brisket (a.k.a. Sanford Herskovitz) has expanded his specialty butcher shop to include a carryout sandwich counter, featuring everything from barbecued beef to rich Romanian pastrami. But the real draw is the unconventional corned beef, baked in a convection oven, rather than boiled, as is done in most delis. Does it make a difference? Try it, then decide for yourself.
Long known as Shticks, this East Side bastion of healthy eating has stepped ever so slightly away from exclusively vegetarian offerings. Its falafel sandwiches, pita melts, veggie wraps, turkey bacon BLTs, and soups are tasty and nutritious, and you dont have to be a member of the university community to feel welcome.
This funky, art-driven café specializes in all matter of spicy brews, or, as they like to call them: "Hot pots o' soul." The star here, no surprise, is chili, made from hand-chopped meats, fresh chiles, and proprietary spice blends. Varieties include Texas beef, chicken verde, spicy vegan, and white-hot pork. Chili also finds its way onto kick-ass chili dogs, Sloppy Joes, and nachos grande. Other items include tacos, chicken wraps, gazpacho and milkshakes.
Tucked inside a former gas station, this charming little pit stop offers friendly service, retro-style decor, and a long list of out-of-the-ordinary soups and panini-style sandwiches. Current faves include the zesty Big Mensch, with hot pastrami, spicy coleslaw, and chipotle mayo; and the spicy tomato-blue cheese bisque, guaranteed to bring sweat to your brow and a smile to your lips.
Made-from-scratch soups are dispatched from this tiny walk-up soup house across from the West Side Market. With 10 great soups daily, finding the right bowl is child’s play.
Too tired to cook, but too cool for McBurgers? Family-friendly, quick-service Tom-Tom is just the ticket. The large menu includes lots of salads, soups, sandwiches, and build your own pizza options, freshly prepared in an open kitchen. Order at the counter, and before you know it, your meal is delivered to your table by cheerful staffers, no tipping required.
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