April 11, 2021

23 Tiny Cleveland Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

Tiny, teensy, cozy, small ... whatever you call them, these Cleveland-area havens offer up that perfect intimate experience for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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Cap’n Taco 
16099 Brookpark Rd., Brook Park, 216-676-9830
This airplane-themed eatery has lined every inch of its small space with decor, including an impressive collection of license plates. Be sure to stop by for the 79-cent Taco Tuesday special.   
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Cap’n Taco

16099 Brookpark Rd., Brook Park, 216-676-9830

This airplane-themed eatery has lined every inch of its small space with decor, including an impressive collection of license plates. Be sure to stop by for the 79-cent Taco Tuesday special.

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Citizen Pie 
15710 Waterloo Rd., 216-417-2742
While this fantastic pizzeria has opened up a location in Ohio City, the Collinwood spot is our favorite for pure coziness. The artisan wood-fired pizza is customizable, though the menu suggestions are pretty close to perfection.  
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Citizen Pie

15710 Waterloo Rd., 216-417-2742

While this fantastic pizzeria has opened up a location in Ohio City, the Collinwood spot is our favorite for pure coziness. The artisan wood-fired pizza is customizable, though the menu suggestions are pretty close to perfection.

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Charlie’s Dog House Diner 
2102 Brookpark Rd., 216-661-4873
This diner’s decor harkens back to the 1950s, which is fitting as its been around since ‘52. You can get breakfast and lunch, but the pull here is still the hotdogs and hamburgers, which are best eaten on one of their red stools at the counter.
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Charlie’s Dog House Diner

2102 Brookpark Rd., 216-661-4873

This diner’s decor harkens back to the 1950s, which is fitting as its been around since ‘52. You can get breakfast and lunch, but the pull here is still the hotdogs and hamburgers, which are best eaten on one of their red stools at the counter.

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Borderline Cafe 
18510 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-529-1949
This Southern-inspired eatery serves meals that range from the Bacon Avocado Benedict to Trail Mix Pancakes. Breakfast is considered their speciality, but they also have a host of lunch options, including paninis and burritos. Cash only.
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Borderline Cafe

18510 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-529-1949

This Southern-inspired eatery serves meals that range from the Bacon Avocado Benedict to Trail Mix Pancakes. Breakfast is considered their speciality, but they also have a host of lunch options, including paninis and burritos. Cash only.

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Close Quarters Pub 
31953 Lake Rd., Avon Lake, 440-933-5217
NBC News gave this miniature establishment a shout-out in its 2011 list of the World’s Smallest Bars. Truly, the pub gives “small but mighty” a new meaning, with only 12 chairs and 11 stools.   
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Close Quarters Pub

31953 Lake Rd., Avon Lake, 440-933-5217

NBC News gave this miniature establishment a shout-out in its 2011 list of the World’s Smallest Bars. Truly, the pub gives “small but mighty” a new meaning, with only 12 chairs and 11 stools.

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Le Petit Triangle Cafe 
1881 Fulton Rd., 216-281-1881
As small as the name suggests, this French eatery offers delicate and classy fare. They’re great from morning to evening, from breakfast pastries to a wine to unwind with.    
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Le Petit Triangle Cafe

1881 Fulton Rd., 216-281-1881

As small as the name suggests, this French eatery offers delicate and classy fare. They’re great from morning to evening, from breakfast pastries to a wine to unwind with.

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Johnny’s Little Bar 
614 Frankfort Ave., 216-861-2166
This hidden gem is operated by the owners of Johnny’s Downtown restaurant, but with a different, much more low-key vibe. The bar is known for its hamburgers, which are made from meat culled from cuts used at the restaurant and never include cheese.   
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Johnny’s Little Bar

614 Frankfort Ave., 216-861-2166

This hidden gem is operated by the owners of Johnny’s Downtown restaurant, but with a different, much more low-key vibe. The bar is known for its hamburgers, which are made from meat culled from cuts used at the restaurant and never include cheese.

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Tony’s Southside 
2193 Professor Ave., 216-771-0515
Alongside its killer pizza, Tony’s also serves up authentic Greek dishes. They’re only open Friday and Saturday night, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., so reservations are recommended,
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Tony’s Southside

2193 Professor Ave., 216-771-0515

Alongside its killer pizza, Tony’s also serves up authentic Greek dishes. They’re only open Friday and Saturday night, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., so reservations are recommended,

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Little Polish Diner 
5772 Ridge Rd., Parma, 440-842-8212
This tiny Parma staple is a classic place to grab some great Polish food. The perogies in particular are worth the trip, but they also have killer homemade chicken noodle soup.   
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Little Polish Diner

5772 Ridge Rd., Parma, 440-842-8212

This tiny Parma staple is a classic place to grab some great Polish food. The perogies in particular are worth the trip, but they also have killer homemade chicken noodle soup.

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Etna 
11919 Mayfield Rd., 216-791-7670
Tucked into a corner of Little Italy, this establishment channels an “old world” atmosphere with its wooden bar and low ceilings. Check out their daily seafood specials and, in the summer, their outdoor seating options.  
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Etna

11919 Mayfield Rd., 216-791-7670

Tucked into a corner of Little Italy, this establishment channels an “old world” atmosphere with its wooden bar and low ceilings. Check out their daily seafood specials and, in the summer, their outdoor seating options.

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