With a diverse clientele, hearty pub eats, and a broad selection of spirits and beers, "Scoundrels always feels alive," according to Patrick Mayock of Metromix Cleveland. While bartenders keep the libations flowing, cooks smoke slabs of ribs in-house, grill half-pound burgers, and bake pizzas in a brick oven. And nearly 20 sandwiches crowd the menu. Outside, the umbrella-covered patio makes for serene dining on a warm summer’s eve. But patrons can get rowdy inside by dancing to the beats of live bands, taking the stage themselves to sing classic karaoke songs, or acting like a bull in a straitjacket.
The environmentally conscious chefs at Tree Hugger's Cafe unite locally sourced organic ingredients into healthy, flavorful fare that respects Mother Nature. Every dish on the eco-friendly menu comes free of hormones, pesticides, and plastic fruit, and many are also vegetarian, vegan, raw, or gluten-free. Paninis cram fillings such as grilled eggplant and homemade pesto between slices of fresh artisan bread, and burgers mash up such ingredients as organic chicken and feta or sweet potato and quinoa. Breakfast dishes include house-made granola, muffins, and mixed-berry couscous. Tree Hugger's Cafe tries to reduce its carbon footprint by using compostable containers, blowing kisses to clouds, and outfitting the café's interior in recycled decor.
Tom Krukemeyer, owner of The Mad Cactus, learned many things when celebrity chef Robert Irvine stopped by to assist a 48-hour restaurant makeover. Firstly, don't insult a celebrity chef when your microphone is still on. Secondly, small touches—such as a complimentary salsa bar—offer large boosts to customer satisfaction. As Krukemeyer explained to Debbie Palmer of Strongsville Patch, though Irvine's visit with the crew of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible started off shaky, if resulted in subtle, but significant improvements that he's proud to stand behind.
Today, after the hurly-burly brought by Irvine, Krukemeyer’s chefs continue to turn seafood and barbecued meats—including mesquite-grilled steaks—into Tex-Mex dishes. To complement the menu’s array of southern flavors, a toppings bar furnishes diners with more than 10 salsas. Krukemeyer also slates daily food and drink specials, which encourage diners to socialize in the main dining space, the cantina, the walk-in humidor, or on the patio.
Take a leisurely stroll down the dappled aisles of Quince's elegant menu to discover its latest fresh-made delights. Lunch offerings include hearty soups, greens, and flatbreads, as well as pastas and sandwiches. Wedge apart a clod of house-baked bread with a meaty Quince burger patty, garnished with bacon, lettuce, tomato, herb aioli, smoked Gouda, and onion straws ($9), or luxuriate in the similarly from-scratch summer lobster bisque with Old Bay popcorn, whole-wheat flatbread, and shrimp sausage ($10). Patrons of the later hours can dine in style with an appetizing triumvirate of teriyaki barbecue beef, nori slider, and ginger mango slaw ($8), before crushing hunger beneath an unforgiving avalanche of house-made shrimp and scallop tortellini pasta ($18) or bacon-wrapped meatloaf ($15).
The Corradi family opened Corradi's Master Pizza in 2010 and has since dedicated its time and talents to perfecting its specialty pizzas, calzones, wings, and other Italian-American fare. The family prepares food for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.