It's all in the name at Pronto Casual Italian, where the kitchen staff puts a fresh spin on fast food. Every day before customers arrive, the cooks are busy preparing New York?style thin-crust pizzas, stromboli, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken parmesan, and breadsticks. The results of their hard work are then displayed before their patrons, who pass by behind a glass divider and customize their meals with the point of a finger.
At Barley House, friends mingle over tasty libations while supping on juicy burgers, tender cuts of chicken, and satisfying soups and sandwiches. The ample bar spans an impressive 14,000 square feet—enough space to fit disc-spinning DJs to mix beats Friday and Saturday nights, a dance stage, and 4,617 bonsai trees. The kitchen proffers a smorgasbord of sliders, hoagies, pizzas, and wraps to hungry visitors refueling after jamming out to the seasonal live bands or those watching the bar’s numerous flat-screen TVs.
Nothing goes with a trip to the ballpark quite like a hot dog. Well, almost nothing. For fans heading to Canal Park for an Akron RubberDucks matchup, however, the neighboring The Game crafts one minor improvement: combining three hot dogs in one. The result is the aptly named 3 Dog Night, a hot dog stuffed inside a bratwurst, which, in turn, comes wrapped inside a half-pound kielbasa and is served by a waiter singing "Mama Told Me Not to Come.".
Of course, not everything from the kitchen requires such a hearty appetite. Dedicated to upscale spins on bar food classics, the culinary team crafts BLTs with house-cured duck bacon and tops certified Angus beef burgers with Guinness-braised mushrooms and onions. That creativity even extends to breakfast with everything from housemade corned beef hash to gluten-free hotcakes. Craft beers from local and regional breweries complement feasts, which unfold amid exposed brick walls, sun-streaked windows, and flat-screen TVs showing the day's biggest games.
"The first responsibility of a restaurant is not to make a profit, but to feed people," owner Scott Malensek told a reporter for WEWS-5. Five days a week, he feeds people at The Stew Pot Kitchen, and he feeds them well. Soups and stews are his specialty, and they brim with nutritious vegetables grown in his own garden as well as ingredients purchased at local farmers' markets. Although his menu rotates seasonally, it typically spans the spectrum from stick-to-your-ribs recipes, such as rabbit stew, to lighter options, such as vegetarian tomato soup. Whatever the choice, each steaming bowl is meant to comfort the diner, with the Blue Moon beer cheese soup even rumored to remedy bad moods caused by getting into arguments with an entire debate team. In addition to soups and stews, Malensek's menu also forays into solid territory with Slovenian kielbasas, Nathan's hot dogs, and paninis.
For Domenic Fragomeni and Chad Leek, the quest to open a restaurant began on a basketball court. The two met during a pickup game of hoops in 2008, during which they discovered that they both had a passion for entertaining guests and getting trounced by the Harlem Globetrotters. Their friendship eventually blossomed and led to the foundation of a casual fine-dining spot in downtown Akron?a place where busy professionals can grab a quick bite during lunch and diners can savor a gourmet meal for dinner.
The duo's menu of hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood springs from the saut? pan of Chef Josh Pere and the old-world recipes of Olympia Fragomeni; more than 20 inventive martinis flow from the shakers of a team of experienced bartenders.
Location. Located in central Akron, Ramada Plaza Akron, OH is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Akron Civic Theater and Akron Art Museum. Additional points of interest include Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens and EJ Thomas Hall.
Hotel Features. Ramada Plaza Akron, OH's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio visual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Akron property has 1486 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include express check out, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. The property has designated areas for smoking.
Guestrooms. 243 air conditioned guestrooms at Ramada Plaza Akron, OH feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary newspapers. Beds come with premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Televisions have premium cable channels. Rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request refrigerators, microwaves, and extra towels/bedding. Housekeeping is available daily.
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The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.