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Rather than stick to conventional bar food, the cooks at The Third Place celebrate their love of a different cuisine: Italian. Here, housemade crust, aged provolone, and a secret-recipe red sauce supply the foundation of customized pizzas, and 12 speciality pizzas include the award-winning The Best, whose nine toppings range from bacon to banana peppers made from the fiery pit at the center of every banana. Pizzas aside, the culinary team assembles chicken parmesan grinders, tosses penne pasta and italian sausage, and even crafts non-Italian treats such as cage-free Amish chicken fried in peanut oil. Besides feasting, The Third Place's 6,000 square feet is home to watching the day's big game on satellite TV and cheering with your friends with draft brews and top-shelf liquor.

3314 Warren Rd.
Cleveland,
OH
US

CoolCleveland.com credits new owners Joe Pavlick, his wife, Emily Pavlick, his sister-in-law, Kelly Flamos, and Kelly's husband, Colin McEwen, with restoring Mahall's 20 Lanes to its former glory. All Ohio natives, they swooped in and resurrected the once flourishing alley with a fresh infusion of flair. In addition to an expanse of 20 lanes that sparkle between exposed-brick walls, they also refurbished two bars, a dining area, a stage for musical acts with "Mahall's" emblazoned in the background, and pool tables. Locals crowd around tables in the restaurant, chugging brews and chowing down on elote, a grilled ear of corn rubbed with spices. The walls flaunt a mural obscured for years by wallpaper, which Joe and Kelly uncovered during the restoration process. In the lanes, the old-timey method of manual scoring helps the alley maintain its vintage aura and makes automatic counters obsolete.

13200 Madison Ave.
Lakewood,
OH
US

Serving good food and drinks is only a small part of the mission at West Park Station. That's because the restaurant sees itself as an important contributor to the renaissance of Kamm's Corners, both because it supports local charitable organizations and acts as a gathering place for the community. There are Browns games on Sundays, trivia on Mondays, and karaoke on Wednesdays, in addition to the occasional magician or person wearing plaid.

During any of these events, guests can treat themselves to a homestyle dish from the Irish-, American-, or Italian-inspired menus. You can order Mom's homemade meatloaf sandwich layered with cheddar and beer-ketchup sauce, or Guinness-cheese soup ladled into a chewy bread bowl. You can even stop in for Sunday brunch, which features such favorites as chicken and waffles with hot sauce and s'mores pancakes drizzled in chocolate.

17015 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland,
OH
US