Built in 1850, the historic Clemens Alten House easily blended into the antique atmosphere of Avon, though it’s strong exterior caught the eyes of Bob Neimojewski, as mentioned in an article from 2001 posted on avonhistory.org. One massive renovation later, the century-old house was transformed into Nemo Grille, a contemporary American restaurant. More than a decade later, guests still enjoy the modern interior, complete with a tin tile ceiling and white-clothed tables, as they dig into creative steakhouse and seafood fare. Chefs stylishly plate slow-roasted Ohio pork belly, ground-veal-stuffed mushrooms, and calamari with a maple-chipotle-lime butter while Certified Angus Beef strip, ribeye, and filet mignons are paired with a black peppercorn cream or a porcini-mushroom-truffle-infused butter. The “moderately upscale restaurant[‘s]…ever-changing menu,” as highlighted by Metro Mix, also enhances fresh seafood and protein-packed meals with a black-misson-fig marsala sauce, foie gras almond glaze, and mascarpone-chive polenta.
Inside the former mill that is now Mill Street Bistro Bar, servers deliver entrees of buffalo, beef, and elk sourced directly from the owner's farm. In addition to handcrafting locally sourced entrees that have included pan-fried Lake Erie perch and beer-brined, center-cut pork chops, the chefs also flambé cherries jubilee tableside for dessert. Post-dinner patrons may meander to the outdoor patio to smoke an imported cigar from the restaurant's humidor.
In the 1930s, a glimpse inside the brick building at 2350 Cleveland Road might have revealed Al Capone and his associates sipping coffee in the midst of a tense conversation. These days, though, the atmosphere inside Red Gables Mesquite Grill is relaxed and intimate, with white tablecloths and the scent of a mesquite fire drifting through the air. Over that fire, chef Jamie Pribanic grills Certified Black Angus steaks that he claims are the finest in the world. The Plain Dealer writer Debbi Snook stopped by to taste them herself, and came away impressed: “The medium-cooked rib-eye instantly became one of my all-time favorites”, she wrote. “Hearty structure but tender chew, pepper-rubbed, vaguely charred and whispering of cowboy terrain.”
The seafood at this grill is no afterthought. Diners can slurp oysters flown in fresh from Cape Cod, dip steamed Alaskan King Crab legs into drawn butter, or slice into the crimson flesh of wild Chinook salmon. Pours of wine or beer and a slew of house-made desserts complete the dining experience.
Servers constantly scan Brasa Grill’s dining room for empty plates, approaching tables with skewers of chicken, lamb, or beef and carving tender pieces tableside. The selection includes 16 different types of savory, grilled meats and a salad bar with more than 40 side dishes, garnering Brasa Grill Cleveland Scene magazine’s award for Best All You Can Eat for Gourmets. The constant parade of hearty fare only relents when diners flip their color-coded token to red, allowing them to sit for a while and stretch their fourth stomachs. Alternatively, the menu also features a small selection of sushi for a lighter version of a high-protein meal.
A painted mural dominates one wall of Brasa Grill’s dining room and depicts a group of Brazilian gauchos as they sear rotisserie meats over open flames, a practice which would later inspire Brazilian-style, churrascaria eateries. The rest of the room embraces a more urban ambiance with its soft lighting, crisp white tablecloths, and stoplight chandeliers.
NFL coach Don Shula, the legendary founder of Shula's, doesn't work with inferior cuts of meat. His restaurants serve Shula-Cut steaks?center cuts of Premium Black Angus beef?that meet rigorous quality specifications. To ensure his restaurants get the best beef on the market, Shula's partners with farms that raise only purebred Angus cattle. The result is an especially juicy and flavorful steak with the uncanny ability to keep a table totally silent as long as there's any steak left.
Shula-Cut filet mignon, New York strips, and cowboy steaks anchor the menu at Shula's 2 Steak & Sports, a more casual eatery adorned with NFL memorabilia, big-screen TVs, and a river-rock fireplace. The chefs also put equal care into their lighter fare, which includes fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, and a slew of burgers freshly ground from Premium Black Angus short rib and brisket.
The first few floors at Tomo Sushi and Hibachi Restaurant and Lounge hold more than 100 tables, and 10 of these are stages. Seated around one of them, you can take in the performance of a master hibachi chef, who speedily dices vegetables and tosses morsels of meat high into the air to give them one last hope of flight before searing them in leaping flames. Feasts of handrolled maki, udon noodles, and crunchy tempura round out the hibachi meals.
Leave behind the crimson walls and stark black decor of the dining area to find a whole other world on the upper levels. Here, a vibrant night club pulsates with dazzling lights, which illuminate craft cocktails and, in the hookah lounge, fragrant vapor.