December 20, 2020

The 25 Best Comfort Food Restaurants in Cleveland, According to Yelp Rankings

There's nothing like some comfort food to warm us up on a cold winter day. Or at least to fill your belly. From a nice steaming bowl of pho, to some chicken and waffles to potato chip nachos to a heaping plate of weinerschnitzel, there's a ton of comfort food around town. According to Yelp users, these are the 25 best restaurants to get some of that comfort food in Cleveland.

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SOHO Chicken + Whiskey/Chicken Run
1889 W. 25th St., Cleveland 
Put "chicken" in your name and you better do it right, and SoHo does. While SoHo temporarily changed their concept to a takeout spot called Chicken Run for the pandemic, they’re still serving  perfectly fried thighs and breasts. They also have a bunch of different, super flavorful chicken sandwiches and yummy chicken and waffles too.
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SOHO Chicken + Whiskey/Chicken Run

1889 W. 25th St., Cleveland

Put "chicken" in your name and you better do it right, and SoHo does. While SoHo temporarily changed their concept to a takeout spot called Chicken Run for the pandemic, they’re still serving perfectly fried thighs and breasts. They also have a bunch of different, super flavorful chicken sandwiches and yummy chicken and waffles too.

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 Black Box Fix
25359 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst 
“I don't usually rate a place after only 1 visit, but this place earned it. The "Famous" OMG Philly (Seasoned grilled chicken w/ sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic & melted swiss cheese, topped w/ Creole jumbo grilled shrimp. Served on a toasted hoagie w/ yum mayo) was so, so, so good.  Outstanding, actually.  You could taste how fresh every item in the sandwich was, including the bread.  Plus the sandwich was LOADED with meat. All sandwiches come with a side of fries.  You can choose from plain, garlic Parmesan, lemon pepper, cajun, or creole butter, which was my choice.  Fantastic flavor on still-crispy fries! All this, and it's locally owned and operated by one of the nicest couples I've ever met.  I made sure to express to them how great the food was before I left.  If I didn't live an hour away from this place, I'd be grubbin' there ALL the time,” Michael G. on Yelp
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Black Box Fix

25359 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst

“I don't usually rate a place after only 1 visit, but this place earned it. The "Famous" OMG Philly (Seasoned grilled chicken w/ sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic & melted swiss cheese, topped w/ Creole jumbo grilled shrimp. Served on a toasted hoagie w/ yum mayo) was so, so, so good. Outstanding, actually. You could taste how fresh every item in the sandwich was, including the bread. Plus the sandwich was LOADED with meat. All sandwiches come with a side of fries. You can choose from plain, garlic Parmesan, lemon pepper, cajun, or creole butter, which was my choice. Fantastic flavor on still-crispy fries! All this, and it's locally owned and operated by one of the nicest couples I've ever met. I made sure to express to them how great the food was before I left. If I didn't live an hour away from this place, I'd be grubbin' there ALL the time,” Michael G. on Yelp

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 Melt Bar and Grilled
Multiple Locations 
“All I can say is YUM!  Cheesy deliciousness!  Some may say that this restaurant uses too much cheese, but I don't believe that is possible!  Sure the portions are gargantuan and you feel like you need to be rolled out if you join the clean plate club, but this isn't a place you go for a healthy meal.  This is a place to gorge yourself in cheesy goodness and deep fried slices of heaven (aka fried pickles),” Dana W. on Yelp
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Melt Bar and Grilled

Multiple Locations

“All I can say is YUM! Cheesy deliciousness! Some may say that this restaurant uses too much cheese, but I don't believe that is possible! Sure the portions are gargantuan and you feel like you need to be rolled out if you join the clean plate club, but this isn't a place you go for a healthy meal. This is a place to gorge yourself in cheesy goodness and deep fried slices of heaven (aka fried pickles),” Dana W. on Yelp

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 The South Side
2207 West 11th St., Cleveland 
“I really feel this will always be my favorite place in Tremont. The chicken and waffles app is my main dish choice because it's amazing and unbeatable for flavor of waffle, that crispy perfect chicken skin with a juicy breast underneath that if you slather sriracha and maple on will be an experience like no other - such a quality meal choice.  The fresh ingredients and choices make any selection delicious but that or the chorizo burger are my cravies!” Jenn G. on Yelp
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The South Side

2207 West 11th St., Cleveland

“I really feel this will always be my favorite place in Tremont. The chicken and waffles app is my main dish choice because it's amazing and unbeatable for flavor of waffle, that crispy perfect chicken skin with a juicy breast underneath that if you slather sriracha and maple on will be an experience like no other - such a quality meal choice. The fresh ingredients and choices make any selection delicious but that or the chorizo burger are my cravies!” Jenn G. on Yelp

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 Wonton Gourmet & BBQ
3211 Payne Ave., Cleveland
“This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Cleveland. I have been on a long hunt for good Asian food places in Cleveland the past few months and am happy to place Wonton Gourmet at the top for Chinese picks! If you are looking to satisfy an authentic Chinese food craving, I recommend this place!” Ashley C. on Yelp 
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Wonton Gourmet & BBQ

3211 Payne Ave., Cleveland

“This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Cleveland. I have been on a long hunt for good Asian food places in Cleveland the past few months and am happy to place Wonton Gourmet at the top for Chinese picks! If you are looking to satisfy an authentic Chinese food craving, I recommend this place!” Ashley C. on Yelp

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49th Street Tavern
4129 East 49th St., Newburgh Heights 
“One of my new favorite places for lunch! Stopped by for a quick bite to eat between meetings and found the place busy with what appeared to be a crowd of regulars enjoying their mid day break from work. The place is clean, and the food is practically all made in house, and the service was friendly and fast. I got the house burger with cheddar, house cut fries, and a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Everything was lights out good and the bill was under $10. And get the house cut fries!” Matt N. on Yelp
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49th Street Tavern

4129 East 49th St., Newburgh Heights

“One of my new favorite places for lunch! Stopped by for a quick bite to eat between meetings and found the place busy with what appeared to be a crowd of regulars enjoying their mid day break from work. The place is clean, and the food is practically all made in house, and the service was friendly and fast. I got the house burger with cheddar, house cut fries, and a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Everything was lights out good and the bill was under $10. And get the house cut fries!” Matt N. on Yelp

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 Battiste and Dupree Cajun Grill
1992 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland
“Best Cajun in Ohio. I love the vibe of the place. The owner is super cool. The food is always fresh and hot. You come in, order food and drink with good company until your food is ready. Everything I've tried was great. The red beans and rice, chicken, catfish, all excellent. It's a hidden gem,” Daniel M. on Yelp
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Battiste and Dupree Cajun Grill

1992 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland

“Best Cajun in Ohio. I love the vibe of the place. The owner is super cool. The food is always fresh and hot. You come in, order food and drink with good company until your food is ready. Everything I've tried was great. The red beans and rice, chicken, catfish, all excellent. It's a hidden gem,” Daniel M. on Yelp

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 Ronnie & CJs
491 E 260th St, Euclid 
“Well-priced, great food. This is a small neighborhood takeout spot with great flavors. They sell to-go breakfast items like shrimp & grits, my personal favorite. They also sell great dinners like wings and fish of all kinds. If I'm recommending anything it's for sure the shrimp & grits and the Moscato cheesecake. You can thank me later for setting this new spot up on Yelp,” A’Lia M. on Yelp
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Ronnie & CJs

491 E 260th St, Euclid

“Well-priced, great food. This is a small neighborhood takeout spot with great flavors. They sell to-go breakfast items like shrimp & grits, my personal favorite. They also sell great dinners like wings and fish of all kinds. If I'm recommending anything it's for sure the shrimp & grits and the Moscato cheesecake. You can thank me later for setting this new spot up on Yelp,” A’Lia M. on Yelp

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 Kim’s Wings
Multiple Locations 
“Passing thru on my way to Chicago and the front desk person recommended Kim's. I was not disappointed. We got a couple of wing dinners with no sauce and peach cobbler. Everything was superb including the fries and coleslaw.  Next time I will get double dipped wings as recommended by one of the regulars.  Maybe we will stop by on the way back home. St Clair Ave. is the joint,” Bernard G. on Yelp
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Kim’s Wings

Multiple Locations

“Passing thru on my way to Chicago and the front desk person recommended Kim's. I was not disappointed. We got a couple of wing dinners with no sauce and peach cobbler. Everything was superb including the fries and coleslaw. Next time I will get double dipped wings as recommended by one of the regulars. Maybe we will stop by on the way back home. St Clair Ave. is the joint,” Bernard G. on Yelp

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 Superior Pho
3030 Superior Ave. E., Cleveland
“Fantastic, quick and easy pho. Kind of hidden away in the Asia town area in the back of another building. Superior Pho serves up some of the best pho in Cleveland. They make it super easy and offer great combos to get you taken care of. The pho here comes in huge portions and has a beautiful,clear flavorful broth to go along with all the accompaniments. It's always important to me to leave a pho restaurant full and Superior definitely takes care of that,” Grant E. on Yelp
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Superior Pho

3030 Superior Ave. E., Cleveland

“Fantastic, quick and easy pho. Kind of hidden away in the Asia town area in the back of another building. Superior Pho serves up some of the best pho in Cleveland. They make it super easy and offer great combos to get you taken care of. The pho here comes in huge portions and has a beautiful,clear flavorful broth to go along with all the accompaniments. It's always important to me to leave a pho restaurant full and Superior definitely takes care of that,” Grant E. on Yelp

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