March 03, 2017

22 Tiny Northeast Ohio Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

They are the small bars and restaurants you might miss from the outside, but once you stop in, you'll never forget being wrapped up in their cozy graces.

They are the small bars and restaurants you might miss from the outside, but once you stop in, you'll never forget being wrapped up in their cozy graces.

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Cap’N Taco 
16099 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, (216) 676-9830 
This small yet mighty Cleveland landmark just celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, and it’s the cheap and delicious tacos that keep patrons coming back to the the retro airplane themed location. 
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Cap’N Taco

16099 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, (216) 676-9830
This small yet mighty Cleveland landmark just celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, and it’s the cheap and delicious tacos that keep patrons coming back to the the retro airplane themed location.

Photo via yuck.fes/Instagram
Etna 
11919 Mayfield Rd., (216) 791-7670 
A tiny wooden bar, a few tables, and low-slung ceilings combine to form this dollhouse-like Italian eatery, where, if you don’t want the whole place to hear you, whispering is seemingly required.
Photo via klassik_hyera/Instagram

Etna

11919 Mayfield Rd., (216) 791-7670
A tiny wooden bar, a few tables, and low-slung ceilings combine to form this dollhouse-like Italian eatery, where, if you don’t want the whole place to hear you, whispering is seemingly required.

Photo via klassik_hyera/Instagram
Trentina 
1903 Ford Dr., (216) 421-2900
Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Northern Italian restaurant, continues to impress. But with limited seating (32 spots), only a handful of customers can enjoy the delicious food during business hours. Make reservations early and start saving money now. 
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Trentina

1903 Ford Dr., (216) 421-2900
Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Northern Italian restaurant, continues to impress. But with limited seating (32 spots), only a handful of customers can enjoy the delicious food during business hours. Make reservations early and start saving money now.

Photo via nadyascheiner/Instagram
Charlie's Dog House Diner
2102 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland., (216) 661-4873
The kitschy roadside attraction, where you can get full on hot dogs for less than $10, has been in the exact same cramped lot since 1952. We wouldn’t want it any other way. 
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Charlie's Dog House Diner

2102 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland., (216) 661-4873
The kitschy roadside attraction, where you can get full on hot dogs for less than $10, has been in the exact same cramped lot since 1952. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Borderline Cafe
18510 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, (216) 529-1949
This popular West End café’s omelets may be large and restorative in nature, but the cash-only joint doesn’t have much space at all. Don’t be put off by the line out the door, you will have to wait.
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Borderline Cafe

18510 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, (216) 529-1949
This popular West End café’s omelets may be large and restorative in nature, but the cash-only joint doesn’t have much space at all. Don’t be put off by the line out the door, you will have to wait.

Photo Via mckenneyp/Instagram
Citizen Pie 
15710 Waterloo Rd., (216) 417-2742 
Set to expand to another location later this year, Citizen Pie’s scratch-made dough and delicious sauce continue to bring people into its original tiny Waterloo spot.
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Citizen Pie

15710 Waterloo Rd., (216) 417-2742
Set to expand to another location later this year, Citizen Pie’s scratch-made dough and delicious sauce continue to bring people into its original tiny Waterloo spot.

Photo via citizen.pie/Instagram
Jack Flaps
3900 Lorain Ave., (216) 961.5199
This small, funky, seat-yourself café is anything but ordinary – and that applies to the house bacon, which is some of the best in town. 
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Jack Flaps

3900 Lorain Ave., (216) 961.5199
This small, funky, seat-yourself café is anything but ordinary – and that applies to the house bacon, which is some of the best in town.

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Ushabu
2173 Professor Ave., (216) 713-1741 
Every aspect of the tranquil, elegant and spare Tremont dining room has been configured around the interactive, immersive and pleasurable act of cooking meat in broth. 
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Ushabu

2173 Professor Ave., (216) 713-1741
Every aspect of the tranquil, elegant and spare Tremont dining room has been configured around the interactive, immersive and pleasurable act of cooking meat in broth.

Emanuel Wallace Photo
Tony's Southside
2193 Professor Ave., (216) 771-0515 
This little gem in Tremont prides itself in making food just like mama used to make, but it still manages to provide a swanky, cool atmosphere, setting it apart from other Italian restaurants.
Photo via tremontflea/Instagram

Tony's Southside

2193 Professor Ave., (216) 771-0515
This little gem in Tremont prides itself in making food just like mama used to make, but it still manages to provide a swanky, cool atmosphere, setting it apart from other Italian restaurants.

Photo via tremontflea/Instagram
 Johnny’s Little Bar
614 Frankfort Ave.,  (216) 861-2166
To get to Johnny’s Little Bar,  you must first go to the alley tucked behind Johnny’s Downtown and look for the door. Once inside, the cozy establishment (it has “little” in its name for goodness sake) features a full bar and plenty of pub grub. Here, you come as you are. Nothing more. 
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Johnny’s Little Bar

614 Frankfort Ave., (216) 861-2166
To get to Johnny’s Little Bar, you must first go to the alley tucked behind Johnny’s Downtown and look for the door. Once inside, the cozy establishment (it has “little” in its name for goodness sake) features a full bar and plenty of pub grub. Here, you come as you are. Nothing more.

Photo via drewschafer2018/Instagram