10 Restaurants Worth Driving to From Cleveland

Cleveland is home to a booming restaurant scene, but sometimes its nice to hit the road and try something new. All of the joints on this list are a hike, but we promise it's worth it.

by Jacob Gedetsis

With help from Douglas Trattner

 

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Eddie’s Grill - Geneva  
This old-style burger, shake and fry shop offers a step back into the past for those visiting Geneva on the Lake. The thin-steak burgers and golden French fries keep customers coming back again and again. Located at 5377 Lake Rd E. in Geneva, the shop taps into its customers nostalgic sides (and their stomachs) (photo courtesy of Eddie’s Grill’s Facebook page).
Eddie’s Grill - Geneva
This old-style burger, shake and fry shop offers a step back into the past for those visiting Geneva on the Lake. The thin-steak burgers and golden French fries keep customers coming back again and again. Located at 5377 Lake Rd E. in Geneva, the shop taps into its customers nostalgic sides (and their stomachs) (photo courtesy of Eddie’s Grill’s Facebook page).
Berardi’s Family Kitchen - Sandusky 
This family-owned diner serves up some of the best food in the Sandusky area. From their award-winning desserts to their tasty breakfast menu, this is great place to stop on your way to Marblehead. Located at 1019 West Perkins Ave. in Sandusky, this cozy restaurant is the real deal (photo courtesy of Berardi’s Family Kitchen’s Facebook page).
Berardi’s Family Kitchen - Sandusky
This family-owned diner serves up some of the best food in the Sandusky area. From their award-winning desserts to their tasty breakfast menu, this is great place to stop on your way to Marblehead. Located at 1019 West Perkins Ave. in Sandusky, this cozy restaurant is the real deal (photo courtesy of Berardi’s Family Kitchen’s Facebook page).
El Señor's at La Mexicana Grocery - Painesville 
Some of the best tacos you will eat are being served up in a small cantina in a Painesville grocery store. The Mexican street tacos are traditional and delicious. The tasty treats will set you back just $1.75 each, and meeat options include beef, pork stomach, and beef tongue. Located at 170 East Washington St., in Painesville, it’s worth spending the gas money for the cheap eats (photo courtesy of Scene archives).
El Señor's at La Mexicana Grocery - Painesville
Some of the best tacos you will eat are being served up in a small cantina in a Painesville grocery store. The Mexican street tacos are traditional and delicious. The tasty treats will set you back just $1.75 each, and meeat options include beef, pork stomach, and beef tongue. Located at 170 East Washington St., in Painesville, it’s worth spending the gas money for the cheap eats (photo courtesy of Scene archives).
Mike’s Place - Kent 
Feel like a college kid again with this Kent State University student favorite. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for greasy apps, delicious sandwiches and more. The wacky décor, featuring a mannequin dressed as Elvis and vintage car memorabilia, completes the dining experience. Located at 1700 S. Water St. in Kent this university gem is a fun and tasty experience (photo courtesy of Yelp user Yuvizela M.).
Mike’s Place - Kent
Feel like a college kid again with this Kent State University student favorite. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for greasy apps, delicious sandwiches and more. The wacky décor, featuring a mannequin dressed as Elvis and vintage car memorabilia, completes the dining experience. Located at 1700 S. Water St. in Kent this university gem is a fun and tasty experience (photo courtesy of Yelp user Yuvizela M.).
Nuevo Mod Mex - Akron
This Akron favorite serves up signature Mexican dishes with a modern twist. Their guac sampler features three bowls of fresh and creamy guac mixed with ingredients like habanero jelly, bacon and goat cheese. Located at 54 East Mill St. in Akron, this place will transport your taste buds south of the border (photo courtesy of Scene archive).
Nuevo Mod Mex - Akron
This Akron favorite serves up signature Mexican dishes with a modern twist. Their guac sampler features three bowls of fresh and creamy guac mixed with ingredients like habanero jelly, bacon and goat cheese. Located at 54 East Mill St. in Akron, this place will transport your taste buds south of the border (photo courtesy of Scene archive).
Dutch Valley Restaurant - Sugarcreek
This authentic Dutch restaurant will both fill you up and clog your arteries. Serving traditional Dutch favorites and delicious bakery you will leave feeling like all that progress you made at the gym is long gone. Located at 1343 Old Rte 39 NE, Sugarcreek, OH, the homemade dishes are worth the drive (photo courtesy of Yelp user Jim C.).
Dutch Valley Restaurant - Sugarcreek
This authentic Dutch restaurant will both fill you up and clog your arteries. Serving traditional Dutch favorites and delicious bakery you will leave feeling like all that progress you made at the gym is long gone. Located at 1343 Old Rte 39 NE, Sugarcreek, OH, the homemade dishes are worth the drive (photo courtesy of Yelp user Jim C.).
Swenson’s Drive-In - Akron
The king of tasty car-hop style burgers, fries and shakes was an easy choice for this list. With multiple locations and a food truck, you don’t have to drive out to Akron to get your hands on the greasy deliciousness. However, there is something special about the original that just can’t be matched. Located at 658 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron, the shop has been serving Galley Boys (the shop’s signature burger) since 1934. And probably with continue to do so for a very long time. If you can't bring yourself to take the drive, at least hit up the food truck (photo courtesy of Swenson’s Drive-In’s Facebook page).
Swenson’s Drive-In - Akron
The king of tasty car-hop style burgers, fries and shakes was an easy choice for this list. With multiple locations and a food truck, you don’t have to drive out to Akron to get your hands on the greasy deliciousness. However, there is something special about the original that just can’t be matched. Located at 658 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron, the shop has been serving Galley Boys (the shop’s signature burger) since 1934. And probably with continue to do so for a very long time. If you can't bring yourself to take the drive, at least hit up the food truck (photo courtesy of Swenson’s Drive-In’s Facebook page).
Crosswinds Grille - Geneva 
Another Geneva hotspot, this upscale restaurant located at the Lakehouse Inn and Winery serves fresh and pricey food. The wood-fired farm-to-table food options and the ambiance make this beautiful restaurant the perfect place for a romantic night out. Located at 5653 Lake Rd E. in Geneva, this lakeside restaurant simply serves great food (photo courtesy of Crosswinds Grille’s Facebook page).
Crosswinds Grille - Geneva
Another Geneva hotspot, this upscale restaurant located at the Lakehouse Inn and Winery serves fresh and pricey food. The wood-fired farm-to-table food options and the ambiance make this beautiful restaurant the perfect place for a romantic night out. Located at 5653 Lake Rd E. in Geneva, this lakeside restaurant simply serves great food (photo courtesy of Crosswinds Grille’s Facebook page).

Chez Francois - Vermilion
If you’re looking to take that special someone on a romantic journey, take the drive out to Vermilion’s Chez Francois. The upscale joint offers tasty dishes with a beautiful view of Lake Erie. Located at 555 Main St. in Vermilion, you can taste the love at this lakeside favorite (photo courtesy of Chez Francois’ Facebook page).
Chez Francois - Vermilion
If you’re looking to take that special someone on a romantic journey, take the drive out to Vermilion’s Chez Francois. The upscale joint offers tasty dishes with a beautiful view of Lake Erie. Located at 555 Main St. in Vermilion, you can taste the love at this lakeside favorite (photo courtesy of Chez Francois’ Facebook page).
Luigi’s Restaurant Akron
Momma Mia is this place tasty. Serving up traditional pastas and mouthwatering pizzas, this Akron cornerstone is a little slice of Italian heaven south of Cleveland. Located at 105 N. Main Street, the joint’s signature pies won’t disappoint (photo courtesy of Luigi’s Restaurant’s Facebook page).
Luigi’s Restaurant Akron
Momma Mia is this place tasty. Serving up traditional pastas and mouthwatering pizzas, this Akron cornerstone is a little slice of Italian heaven south of Cleveland. Located at 105 N. Main Street, the joint’s signature pies won’t disappoint (photo courtesy of Luigi’s Restaurant’s Facebook page).