December 09, 2017

19 Essential Lakewood Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

Lakewood has steadily become one of the best food neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio. Here are some of the places that you definitely shouldn't miss. From barbecue to vegan to burgers to Mexican and Indian, Lakewood has it all.

Lakewood has steadily become one of the best food neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio. Here are some of the places that you definitely shouldn't miss. From barbecue to vegan to burgers to Mexican and Indian, Lakewood has it all.

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 Salt
17625 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Salt in Lakewood is proof that in the right hands, small plate dining is social, exciting and creatively refreshing compared to ho-hum steak and potatoes.
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Salt

17625 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Salt in Lakewood is proof that in the right hands, small plate dining is social, exciting and creatively refreshing compared to ho-hum steak and potatoes.

Photo via @LBoeNeedham/Instagram
 Cleveland Vegan
17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Cleveland Vegan has one of, if not the most extensive vegan menu in town. ‘S’more French Toast’, ‘Creamy Shiitake Benedict’ and the ‘Buffalo Cauliflower Dip’ are three items that really make our mouths water. The baked goods are really delicious, too.
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Cleveland Vegan

17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Cleveland Vegan has one of, if not the most extensive vegan menu in town. ‘S’more French Toast’, ‘Creamy Shiitake Benedict’ and the ‘Buffalo Cauliflower Dip’ are three items that really make our mouths water. The baked goods are really delicious, too.

Photo via @ClevelandVeganCateringAndCafe/Instagram
 El Carnicero
16918 Detroit Rd., Lakewood
Chef Eric Williams, of Momocho and Happy Dog, opened this Mexican joint back in 2013 to expand on the Mexican taste that he mastered at Momocho. El Carnicero is a step-down in price from Momocho, but not in quality. Tamales and taquitos are the staples of the menu here.
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El Carnicero

16918 Detroit Rd., Lakewood

Chef Eric Williams, of Momocho and Happy Dog, opened this Mexican joint back in 2013 to expand on the Mexican taste that he mastered at Momocho. El Carnicero is a step-down in price from Momocho, but not in quality. Tamales and taquitos are the staples of the menu here.

Photo via @Memowery/Instagram
 Sarita a Restaurant
14523 Madison Ave., Lakewood
The goal of Sarita, according to their website, is to serve healthy, new American cuisine from all backgrounds and cultures to an atmosphere of good friends and family and one trip to the restaurant shows that they certainly accomplish this goal. The food is great - the cast-iron cornbread and Navajo fry bread are both must-orders - but we also really love the relaxed yet hip atmosphere of this spot. 
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Sarita a Restaurant

14523 Madison Ave., Lakewood

The goal of Sarita, according to their website, is to serve healthy, new American cuisine from all backgrounds and cultures to an atmosphere of good friends and family and one trip to the restaurant shows that they certainly accomplish this goal. The food is great - the cast-iron cornbread and Navajo fry bread are both must-orders - but we also really love the relaxed yet hip atmosphere of this spot.

Photo via Sarita/Facebook
 Pepper’s
12401 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
A lot of restaurants in Lakewood fit into the more trendy/foodie revolution that’s happened around the country. Pepper’s Italian Restaurant is more of a no frills, traditional Italian that focuses more on the food. It’s traditional, and it’s delicious. Their signature lasagna, and eggplant and veal parmesans are some of our favorites.
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Pepper’s

12401 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

A lot of restaurants in Lakewood fit into the more trendy/foodie revolution that’s happened around the country. Pepper’s Italian Restaurant is more of a no frills, traditional Italian that focuses more on the food. It’s traditional, and it’s delicious. Their signature lasagna, and eggplant and veal parmesans are some of our favorites.

Photo via @NJohn216/Instagram
 India Garden
18405 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
India Garden is simply traditional Indian food with all the staples and it’s all delicious. We love the sauce heavy dishes like tikka masala and vindaloo with whatever meat you prefer but they’re all delicious. They also have a lunch buffet every afternoon, be careful though,we’re not sure you’ll be able to get back to work afterward.
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India Garden

18405 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

India Garden is simply traditional Indian food with all the staples and it’s all delicious. We love the sauce heavy dishes like tikka masala and vindaloo with whatever meat you prefer but they’re all delicious. They also have a lunch buffet every afternoon, be careful though,we’re not sure you’ll be able to get back to work afterward.

Photo via @BrownieBatter/Instagram
 Angelo’s
13715 Madison Ave., Lakewood
For the best pizza in Lakewood, and arguably all of Northeast Ohio, Angelo’s on Madison is the spot. Whether you stay traditional and stick to the normal pepperoni or cheese or get crazy with a Philly cheese steak or baked potato pizza, you really can’t go wrong.
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Angelo’s

13715 Madison Ave., Lakewood

For the best pizza in Lakewood, and arguably all of Northeast Ohio, Angelo’s on Madison is the spot. Whether you stay traditional and stick to the normal pepperoni or cheese or get crazy with a Philly cheese steak or baked potato pizza, you really can’t go wrong.

Photo via @E.ScruggsJR/Instagram
 Georgetown
18515 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Formerly Three Birds, Georgetown not only has a great menu but also boasts one of the most beautiful patios in Cleveland. The food is pretty great too - we highly recommend the sausage-stuffed banana peppers, any of the pizza appetizers and the charred beef tenderloin.
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Georgetown

18515 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Formerly Three Birds, Georgetown not only has a great menu but also boasts one of the most beautiful patios in Cleveland. The food is pretty great too - we highly recommend the sausage-stuffed banana peppers, any of the pizza appetizers and the charred beef tenderloin.

Photo via Georgetown Restaurant Lakewood/Facebook
 Buckeye Beer Engine
15315 Madison Ave., Lakewood
The beer flows at this joint, where they usually have a variety of Buckeye Brewing Company beers on tap along with a wide variety of other breweries. The menu may sound like bar food, but it’s very high end bar food, done right. The ‘Beer Cheesy Cheesesteak’ and ‘World’s Best Fried Bologna’ sandwich are two of our favorites - the burgers are great too.  
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Buckeye Beer Engine

15315 Madison Ave., Lakewood

The beer flows at this joint, where they usually have a variety of Buckeye Brewing Company beers on tap along with a wide variety of other breweries. The menu may sound like bar food, but it’s very high end bar food, done right. The ‘Beer Cheesy Cheesesteak’ and ‘World’s Best Fried Bologna’ sandwich are two of our favorites - the burgers are great too.

Photo via @BuckeyeBrewingComapny/Instagram
 Ferris Shwarma
13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood
Their website says they have “the most awesome shwarma in Cleveland.” Who are we to argue? This menu is very straightforward with only a few options but when you do something so well, no need to mess with what is working.
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Ferris Shwarma

13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood

Their website says they have “the most awesome shwarma in Cleveland.” Who are we to argue? This menu is very straightforward with only a few options but when you do something so well, no need to mess with what is working.

Photo via @Arabs_In_Cleveland/Instagram