739 Leona St.
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 324-7676
Fax: (440) 324-4046
The Nemo Grille operates out of a remolded 1850's-era house in Avon, Ohio, just outside Cleveland. The beautiful brick exterior leads to an equally attractive, intimate dining space. As one would expect from a restaurant with the same name as the captain from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the menu leans towards seafood, such as Seared Diver Scallops as well as Grilled Salmon. There's a variety of non-seafood entrées, like a classy Smoked Mac & Cheese which includes asparagus, chicken, and bacon. Vegetarians may find slim pickings apart from the salads and sides. Nemo Grille also offers a full bar with signature martinis and a huge wine list. - Marjorie Jensen
Strip Steakhouse is an upscale restaurant housed in the more than century old, The Ewers Barn, a German Dutch inspired barn that was once used to raise military horses during the Civil War. The Barn is made of hardwood lumber and has huge doors with a rustic elegance. You will be drawn by the grand history and architecture of the building and enticed by the tempting aromas of the delicious spread of succulent steaks that are rightly aged, tasty entrees, hearty appetizers such as their signature lobster bisque and rich desserts. Enjoy a lovely martini or beer from their uniquely shaped first level bar while waiting for your meal with friends or if you are on a romantic date step into their cozy, modern dining room upstairs or the outdoor patio for a lovely secluded dining experience with your special someone.
Any occasion, no matter how small, is a good enough excuse to treat yourself to some delicious BBQ. In fact, who says you need an excuse at all? The Amherst Pit offers diners a full BBQ menu featuring flavorful briskets, juicy pulled pork and falling-off-the-bone tender ribs, sandwiches, and wraps, alongside corn bread, hand-cut fries, onion rigs, soup and shrimp dinners. Their barbecue sauces are homemade and are especially delicious. They even offer a special kids menu for younger BBQ fans. While the restaurant is a little difficult to find, once you have discovered this little gem you are sure to return time and time again. The day's specials are posted on the Amherst Pit's facebook page.
Just southeast of Cleveland in Grafton, Ohio, is the Unicorn Restaurant and Pub. This Irish-themed establishment serves a variety of Irish and American fare. There are several steak and rib-based dishes, as well as specials like Irish stew. Appetizers include Irish Nachos, fries topped with corned beef and Swiss cheese sauce; or Brie with almonds, fruit, and a baguette. There are also several specials throughout the week, such as nightly meals like T-bone steaks on Friday and Saturday or barbecue back-back ribs on Thursday. There are also several early bird specials, like a fish-fry on Fridays. - Marjorie Jensen
The Savannah Bar & Grille offers Southern-style cooking along with Southern-style jazz and blues, as well as R&B and classics with nightly live music. The menu is American, with a range of seafood as well as strong Southern influences, such as the Savannah Burger with cajun spice and bleu cheese, or Broccoli Bites. Other entrées include Westlake Strip Steak, or Mussels Marinara. Vegetarians can choose from Pasta Primavera with garden vegetables and choice of marinara, alfredo, or garlic sauce, and pasta or Caesar salads. The Savannah is most well-known for its live music, so calling ahead to see if there's a cover may be wise, as is expecting noise. -Marjorie Jensen
87 West 2 is a wine pub in Westlake that features an innovative "enomatic" wine system, which allows customers to sample smaller amounts of wine for smaller costs. Of course, 87 West 2 also has traditional wines-by-the-glass or bottle, as well as a full bar with specialty cocktails. Its food menu is upscale American fusion, starting with "Little Plate" appetizers and including flatbread pizzas as well as shared plates, like savory cheese fondue or pulled pork nachos. Pizzas include chorizo sausage & roasted red pepper, or pesto and vegetable. As a nice touch, 87 West 2's menu also includes wine recommendations to go with each dish. -Marjorie Jensen
As its name suggests, the cuisine at Brio Tuscan Grille is inspired by Tuscany. This Italian restaurant, with several locations in the country, is a great place to enjoy brunch or organize a party. Select from classics like bruschetta, paninis and pasta, and specialties like Crab & Shrimp Cakes and Mezza Chicken Under The Brick. Complement your meal with wine and spirits.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is one of the best places for a steak dining experience. Located in the Crocker Park entertainment center, savor the finest steak with Happy Hour cocktails and over 35 wine varieties. Dine al fresco or by the fireplace, this restaurant is also ideal for hosting private parties and special events. Several outlets in the country justify its nationwide popularity.
Known best for their wide range of juicy, drool-worthy gourmet burgers, B Spot is a part of the Crocker Park Shopping Center in Downtown North Olmsted. A brain-child of star chef Michael Symons, the joint serves up delectable signatures like Fat Doug, Gobbler, Lola, Yo and many more. Sides available here include porky fries, chili cheese fries, salads and such, whereas, to complement these offerings there's an impressive beer selection that features many craft and draft brews and several stellar cocktails.
The Cheesecake Factory is one of the most leading restaurant chains in the country with its nationwide popularity accounted for in several outlets. This one in Crocker Park Mall features over 200 American specialties on the menu prepared from the choicest ingredients. Hearty portions make it ideal for group dining and parties. True to its name, don't leave without savoring one of their 50 signature cheesecakes.
Aladdin's Eatery offers a healthy take on Middle Eastern cuisine. With several locations across the country, this franchise is popular for its nutritious Lebanese American fare as well as promotion of good health. Select from classics like hummus, falafel and pita pitzas, as well as specialties like shish kabob, chicken sambusek and their namesake combo. Complement your meal with beer, wine and beverages.
Bruegger's is synonymous with bagels. This bakery has been in business for over three decades and boasts several locations across the globe. Executive chef, Phillip Smith uses simple ingredients and time-honored techniques to create authentic and fresh bagels. Also on offer are sandwiches, deli fare and coffee.