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.
For the quartet of entrepreneurs behind Lake City Tavern, there's no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to pub food. Hence the eatery's mostly traditional lineup, ranging from fried green beans to smoked jumbo wings tossed in garlic parmesan. On occasion, though, cooks reassemble classic ingredients in creative ways, such as stuffing fries, bacon, egg, and cheese into a breakfast wrap available all day.
Pints and mixed drinks complement feasts, which unfold amid a near constant stream of entertainment, from dart leagues and sports on flat-screen TVs to live music and karaoke. In the summer, Lake City Tavern unveils its spacious outdoor deck and bar, which surrounds a sand volleyball court where patrons can showcase their spiking or bury their dessert for later.
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.