In a neighborhood where you can't swing a pizza box without hitting an Italian restaurant, this is one of the best, with generous servings of thoughtfully prepared foods, at reasonable prices. Specialties include angel-hair pasta loaded with plump, intensely flavored sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, and chopped kalamata olives, tossed with garlic and olive oil.
Probably the first Cleveland eatery truly worthy of the gastropub label, the Black Pig hits the sweet spot between rustic and refined, with funky-chic vibe, a seasonal menu of imaginatively prepared classics,and a great selection of craft-brewed beers and other boozy delights.
Hungarian food at its finest, in an attractive and inviting setting, has made Balaton a welcome addition to Shaker Square. The menu features Eastern European standards like stuffed cabbage, veal or chicken paprikash, pork or beef goulash, and breaded, sautéed chicken livers. For dessert, slices of warm strudel can't be beat.
Come to Bo Loong to sample some of the city's most authentic dim sum tiny sweet-and-savory dumplings, buns, and tarts whose name translates as "dot the heart." If you order from the menu, consider the golden, pan-fried noodles, topped with seafood, meats or vegetables. Dim sum is served daily, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bo Loong is open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.
Part of a national chain that attempts to recreate the experience of a boisterous Italian wedding circa 1950, Buca di Beppo is crowded, noisy, and fun. The wall-posted menu includes gargantuan appetizers, salads, pizza, pasta, veal, and chicken dishes made for sharing. The food is good, even if it is overshadowed by sheer portion size.
A tried-and-true combo of handsome surroundings and familiar fare makes this snug Chagrin Falls tavern a popular neighborhood spot.
Whether you are a meat-lover or vegetarian, there are many entrees from which to choose at this authentic Indian restaurant. Don’t forget the tandoori breads, especially the garlic naan and onion kulcha.
Despite its small size, Casa D'Angelo has a remarkably large and varied menu of Italian meals, including some you aren't likely to find anywhere else. Excellent choices include lemony Chicken alla Palermo and the creamy Veal Gamberetti Luigi with shrimp.
Situated on a quiet end of the Warehouse District, this mostly Northern Indian restaurant is a boon for downtown office workers seeking an adventurous lunch, and for residents desiring a happy alternative to some of the neighborhood's pricier dining rooms. Favorites like chicken tandoor, lamb norma, and freshly baked naan are flavorful and satisfying. A $6.99 lunchtime buffet is a speedy bargain.
Despite its bright new decor, Corky & Lenny's remains that most venerable of urban eating establishments: a good Jewish deli. From garlicky dills waiting at each table to the fizzy chocolate phosphates, all the traditional noshes are on hand. Corned beef is lean and flavorful, latkes are fat and tender, and the creamy cheesecake may be the best in town.
This neighborhood eatery and tavern may be far removed from the cutting edge; still, it draws big crowds, hungry for ample helpings of well-prepared ribs, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and chops. In season, a pretty outdoor patio in the namesake courtyard makes a popular lunch and dinner retreat.
Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s third Cleveland restaurant, D.C. makes high-quality, house-made pastas fun and affordable. Sold by portion size — taste, appetizer, or main — the various combinations can be mixed and matched to create a wide-ranging feast. The rest of the menu is equally accessible, with sections for cured meats, Italian cheeses, marinated veggies, meatballs, entrées — even olives. Top it all off with 25 bottles of Italian wine priced south of $25 and you have the makings of an affordable Italian banquet.
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.
Behind the doors of Empress Taytu awaits an exotic culinary adventure of the first order. The restaurant serves authentic Ethiopian foods, including beef, lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes cooked with a variety of spices and herbs.
The eclectic, contemporary menu at this Tremont fixture is a good match for its shabby-chic decor; and somehow, dishes like bouillabaisse, seared duck breast, and sausage-and-goat-cheese rigatoni taste better when devoured 'neath the light of candles and lava lamps. Friendly staffers and a full bar are other reasons to pad on into this neighborhood gem.
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