Best Of 2005

Best Bet at Crocker Park: Blake's Seafood Restaurant and Bar

Greater Cleveland boasts few better shopping meccas than Westlake's Crocker Park, and there is no better place to refuel between trips to the fitting room than at good-looking Blake's Seafood Restaurant. Blake's big menu of well-prepared salads, wood-grilled seafood, and steaks is full of refreshing possibilities, ranging from beer-battered shrimp to seared ahi tuna. Better still, its up-to-the-minute vibe and fashionable open-air bar, spilling out onto a sidewalk café, make it easy to pretend you really were born to shop. So go ahead and dive into that pool of conspicuous consumption: Rodeo Drive may be out of reach, but Crocker Park and Blake's are a spree almost anyone can afford.