At El Jalapenos, servers bustle between tables and through kitchen doors carrying plates of queso fundido, chicken fajitas, and carnitas. Here, armed with margaritas and overstuffed burritos, guests can savor a Mexican meal that's as relaxing as a nap underneath a warm tortilla blanket. Slice into carne asada or La Oaxaquena—grilled steak served with poblano peppers, bacon, ham, cheese, beans, and rice. Or, grab a tortilla filled with pork al pastor, stir-fried peppers, and refried beans. El Jalapeno has vegetarian options, too, including spinach enchiladas and cheese quesadillas.
Devore’s Hopocan Gardens serves Barberton-style chicken, which is locally raised, cut to conserve the tastiest bits of meat, lightly breaded for a natural, seasoning-free flavor, and deep-fried to a golden brown. The crisp, fresh taste of a classic white-meat combination (a breast, back, leg, and wing; $8.95) or a large dark platter (three thighs, two drumettes, and a back; $9.55) makes Colonel Sanders roll over in his roost. Most dinners come with a choice of three sides, such as hot sauce, coleslaw, and mashed potatoes. The menu of fowl-focused palates includes chicken buckets, hot wings, sandwiches, and paprikash (chicken stewed in a paprika sauce), along with freshwater pike, shrimp, and ham.
Formerly known as Casa Mimi, Casa Perfetto has served up family-style Italian cuisine since 1967, when Frances and Antimo "Mimi" Perfetto opened the restaurant with brother and chef Giuseppe Perfetto. Originally determined to become the first pizzeria shaped like a Jetsons house, Casa Perfetto has trained its focus on Italian comfort food that sings gentle ninna nannas before tucking diners into sheets of warm lasagna. The menu reads almost like a family album, with photos of relatives adjacent to their favorite dishes, like the pasta Caruso, a heaping dish of chicken livers, mushrooms, and marinara sauce over cappellini ($14.95). Fluffy pillows of handmade gnocchi come tossed in carbonara, sprinkled with mozzarella and flanked by tender meatballs ($14.95). Fresh chops and seafood can be had for $14.95–$29.95. Picky eaters will appreciate pasta alla vostro gusto (pasta to your taste, starting at $9.95), which lets them combine cappellini, linguine, or rigatoni with their choice of sauce, vegetable, and meat options to build the ideal pasta mate.
Bialy's at the Lakes unleashes a red, white, and blue roster of traditional American eats, served up by a staff of smiles. Begin your survey of the sustenance with the appetizer sampler platter ($6.99), offering two mozzarella sticks, two chicken tenders, and onion rings for fans of fried food, or opt for greener pastures with the garden salad, adorned with onion, cucumber, tomato, egg, and mozzarella cheese ($6.29). Sandwichistas can opt for fries-accompanied fare such as the Lakes Burger ($6.19) or the BLT, uniting sworn enemies bacon, lettuce, and tomato atop a treaty of Texas toast ($5.99). Rehabbed Ahabs nostalgic for life atop the lapping waves can relive maritime memories with three pieces of broiled white fish ($7.99) or two crab cakes ($8.99), whereas meat-loving mavericks can opt for the house sirloin steak ($9.99) or smothered chicken breasts topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese ($9.29). All entrees are served with soup, salad, and choice of potato. Bialy's at the Lakes also offers up a bounty of breakfast options—welcome the weekday with biscuits and gravy ($3.99), a veggie omelette ($5.99), or the heart-hugging Country Bowl, with two eggs resting atop a foundation of hash browns, onions, green peppers, and a sausage patty and under a blanket of sausage gravy and cheese ($6.39).
One of Akron’s oldest Irish pubs, Kevin O’Bryan’s menu showcases authentic Irish dishes in addition to inventive spins on American classics. Signature starters such as Vinnie’s pizza dip, a baked concoction of cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni designed to be excavated with grilled ciabatta bread ($6.99), vie for gastronomic supremacy with hearty sandwiches that include the Classic Prime burger ($7.99) and the Chicken O’Bryan—grilled chicken and ham canoodling on a toasted ciabatta roll ($7.99). Traditional tastes of Ireland include the fish 'n' chips ($8.99) and the grilled chicken boxty, which is swaddled in potato pancakes like the orphan left on Mrs. Butterworth's doorstep ($7.99). Although this Groupon can't be redeemed for alcohol, the pub's happy hour stretches 2 p.m.–7 p.m. every day, with bartenders pouring discounted draft beers ($2), mixed drinks ($3), and wines ($3).
Part of the Firestone Country Club, Hackers' cozy, family-friendly establishment is open to its links-loving members and the non-golfing public alike. The inviting glow of ten plasma screen televisions beckon guests to the bar, where Hackers serves a whistle-whetting list of domestic beers and wines by the glass ($4–8), as well as liquor and mixed drinks. Pub classics such as fish and chips ($12), pizza ($12–15), and customizable burgers ($8), vie for menu dominance against vitamin-laden salmon salads ($10) and Asian-inspired sweet and sour shrimp ($14). Golfers can continue to bully tiny spheres off the course and sink their teeth into an order of Akron sauerkraut balls ($6). The restaurant's atmosphere is comfy and cozy, with a toasty fireplace, golf-themed décor, and a wall of windows that look out onto the 9-hole course, allowing smug sandwich-eaters to marvel at how many strokes it takes some people to escape from the sandtrap.