Dressed in white-clothed tables and low lighting, 2182 Brecksville is a romantic bistro that serves up generous portions of contemporary cuisine. The bistro's summer dinner menu features appetizers such as veal meatloaf, cozied-up with herbed potatoes and cremini demi-glace ($7), and steamed middleneck clams delicately bathed in garlic butter ($13). Along with nightly specials, the seasonal menu boasts inventive entrees such as seared sea scallops in a port-wine reduction, complemented by a root-vegetable and potato hash ($26), and grilled baby lamb chops that take up residence next to garlic mashed potatoes ($26).
Seafood typically makes the trek from ocean to Seared in fewer than 24 hours, mingling with organic, locally sourced veggies and house-made dressings and marinades before adorning tabletops in a century-old building that started life as a schoolhouse. Hidden in the restaurant's name is its trinary mission: to champion the arts of grilling and pan searing, to create a sizzling-fun dining environment, and to supply a delicious variety of seafood and red meat. In Seared's sights and smells, these three themes are evident. Pineapple-mango emulsion tinges the pan-seared mahi-mahi with fruity flavors, and an overlay of gorgonzola cheese tops a tender Prime cut steak offered in an open, two-tiered dining room with exposed wooden beams and vaulted ceilings. Intricate wrought-iron gates swing into a separate wine room for six that harbors more than 30 wines. Thursday–Saturday, specialty martinis flow more freely than rogue water, complementing a raw-bar showcase stocked with fresh seafood strewn artfully across ice. Adding to the cheerfully old-fashioned ambiance is a wood-burning fireplace, which crackles beneath a stone mantel and archway near the lounge's leather couches and wooden coffee table.
Burger Fresh doesn?t dance around the facts: its burgers are fresh, and crafted from hand-ground, never-frozen Angus beef. Visitors customize their burgers with artisan buns and a variety of toppings, including real cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon, and even avocado. For non-beef eaters, the restaurant also assembles salmon and black-bean burgers, both of which still go well with hand-cut fries and creamy custard shakes.
Beef ‘O' Brady’s menu boasts a protein parade of classic American fare prepared hot, steaming, and packed with enough beefy flavor to stampede even the most ravenous appetite. Start the meal with a hearty order of potato skins ($6.49) or hand-tossed wings in one of 11 piquant sauces ($8.99 for a basket). The build-your-own burger is founded on a quarter pound of seasoned steak, forming a cozy starter home for toppings including hearty chili, deliquescent cheeses, and snappy smoked bacon ($5.99; add-ons $0.50 each). Dabble in America's meat subculture without organizing a cross-country road trip on cowback by enlisting platters such as barbecue-slathered St. Louis–style ribs ($17.99 for a full rack) or the Dubliner, which pours Guinness gravy all over thinly-sliced roast beef, swiss cheese, mashed potatoes, and sourdough bread ($8.99). While they dine, customers can absorb sports action on one of the many TVs adorning the family-friendly space, waving their favorite team on to victory with a choice of either straight or curly fries.
The culinary creators at Taverne of Richfield whip up a delectable bevy of handcrafted appetizers, elegant entrees, and original cocktails, crafting a full menu with local ingredients. Allow appetites a warm-up lap with the mediterranean sampler, housing homemade italian sausage and smoked-mozzarella-stuffed pepper alongside bruschetta and fried calamari ($14). The Taverne express lunch, a bounty of endless soup, garden salad, and house-baked rolls served with gremolada oil ($7.99) sates busy, midday munchers and insomniac owls, and evening diners can curb hunger with the potato-crusted walleye, drizzled in a lemon, basil, white-wine sauce ($22), or gnaw on a New Zealand rack of lamb, marinated in dijon and lemon essence of rosemary ($26.50). The bartenders behind Taverne of Richfield’s sleek wooden bar sling an impressive selection of wine, beer, and specialty martinis, such as the strawberry starbust martini, a citrusy blend of raspberry and vanilla Stoli mingling with cranberry, pineapple, orange juice, and supernova dust ($7).
After 20 years in the medical-records business, Cathy Mlady decided to step out from behind the clipboard and put her understanding of medical conditions to better use. Now with massage license in hand, Cathy helps people directly, combining myofascial release and triggerpoint therapy with energy-based techniques to soothe lower-layer hurts and ease muscular aches. In addition to offering holistic services such as a foot-bath detoxification or lifeforce cleansing reiki, Cathy aims to improve range of motion in struggling limbs, and range of emotion in struggling actors with the long, flowing stokes of a Swedish massage.