Strip-plaza setting notwithstanding, this handsome bistro has grown into Mentor's "go-to" spot for casually upscale dining, with an eclectic menu that ranges from Kobe burgers and signature crab cakes to pastas and parmigianas. For those who like lighter fare, a selection of stone-oven-baked pizzas fill the bill; for those who like drinking, the on-site wine shop provides 700 or so choices by the bottle, priced at retail plus a $5 corking fee.
Close your eyes, and you can almost hear the roar of the surf from your seat inside this Florida-style seafood house, an East Side institution, where the crabcakes are sweet and crunchy, and the puffy-battered scrod and scallops seem lighter than an Atlantic breeze. Beer and wine; small selection of liquor.
The delicate scents of cilantro, lime, basil, and coconut milk waft up from the food at Thai Orchid like fine gastronomic perfume. Nothing is too spicy, but almost everything is delightfully aromatic and attentively prepared, from a pleasant pad Thai to a cant-wait-to-get-more homemade coconut ice cream.
Standard fare like burritos, chimichangas and tacos gets an unexpected dollop of grace from the use of top-notch ingredients and attentive preparation at this casual, independently owned Mexican restaurant.
Billed as "Lake County's First Brewery Since Prohibition," this former rail-car repair depot boasts a fine raspberry brew and regular gigs by Cleveland blues and swing luminaries.
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.
When it comes to value, this neighborhood bistro delivers, with a well-crafted array of contemporary preparations think dishes like sautéed mango shrimp or pan-seared duck breast with strawberry vinaigrette at moderate prices. Smart selection of martinis and wine.
An extensive collection of well-priced cocktails and wine is the major draw at this good-looking martini bar. But when the kitchens on its game, the concise menu of modern American and Mediterranean fare earns its props too.
Casual, cozy, and with a splendid secluded patio for warm-weather dining, this upscale tavern offers everything from burgers and ribs to filet mignon and veal medallions. The surrounding countryside is charming, and getting there on the winding Geauga County roads is almost half the fun.
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