Located just off of Elk Creek, Girard Dinor has staved off the starvation of local regulars for decades, satisfying its customers with savory home-style fare and house-made desserts. From farm-fresh eggs for breakfast ($2.65+) to liver and onions in the evening ($6.85), Girard Dinor’s menu aims to indulge classic cravings without unduly disturbing understuffed wallets. Patrons can always count on the specialty flavor-crisp chicken dinner ($6.95) and the grilled ham 'n' cheese sandwich ($4.15) to quiet the thunder of hunger-stormed bellies. A perennial favorite from the all-day menu, the Dinosaur Burger meal sates raptor-like ravenousness with a grilled chopped-sirloin patty nestled in Jewish rye bread, crowned with sautéed mushrooms and onions before being swaddled in melted swiss cheese and a mild italian-pepper sauce ($7.50). Finish your feast by surrendering to the sweet salvation of old-fashioned hand-made pies (selections and prices vary).
The chefs at Casa Capelli dice and dish authentic Italian and Mexican entrees beneath the arched stained-glass ceiling that housed Farmer's National Bank more than a century ago. Explorative eaters can determine their dining destinies from an extensive menu which, like the fridge in the United Nations break room, includes pasta, seafood, Mexican, and grilled fare. Twirl delicate angel hair in varieties such as piccatas, florentines, or chardonnays ($15.99–17.99). Venture south with Casa Capelli's Mexican meals, such as sizzling vegetarian or carnivore-friendly fajitas ($12.99–$17.99) or the pollo de la casa, the restaurant's Mexican specialty, a blackened chicken breast topped with fried vegetables, green onions, tortilla chips, and a weatherproof roof seal coated with melted monterey jack and cheddar cheeses ($15.99).
The Lakehouse Inn & Winery combines a comfy bed-and-breakfast and a boutique grape refinery, which provides casual connoisseurs and dedicated oenophiles with a variety of delicious wines from Northeast Ohio. Toast to the week’s end with a friend or treat your favorite significant other by sharing a platter of cheesy comestibles (an $8 value) and two wine trays, each loaded with five samples of fermented grape juice (a $5 value per tray). The wineporium boasts a bevy of delicious vinos, ranging from the palate-pampering cabernet franc to the area's best-kept spirit secret—the Lake Erie Treasure, a bubble-saturated, dry sparkling wine. During the tasting guests can swirl, sniff, and sip the winery's progeny before selecting the bottle they'd like to take home and raise up into a well-balanced barrel (up to a $26 value).
Having dinner at The Estate on Coffee Creek is sort of like having a lovely meal at a friends' place—that is, if your friends are a gourmet chef and a sommelier and they live in a beautiful 170-year-old red-brick Italianate house. Inside the house, a different dining table, which seats up to six guests, is set up in each room; guests purchase tickets in advance to reserve one of these tables. Upon arrival, they begin working through one of Chef Nicholas Kustala's multicourse seasonal tasting menus, which can be prepared for both carnivores and vegetarians. If guests so choose, Giovanna, Nicholas's wife and the house sommelier, can pair meals with wine, often including varietals plucked from the area's renowned boutique wineries.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Rizzo's tosses Italian tradition with sauces made from family recipes and homemade bread dough blended with secret spices. Pizzas come in five savory circumferences and tempt taste buds with specialty flavors that include chicken ranch ($10.20/10", $13.20/18") and Jonesy's BBQ ($9.95/10", $12.95/18"). Tongues transform into lingual letter openers as they dig into layers of ham, beef, sausage, and pepperoni enveloped in meat calzones ($7.75/single, $9.75/large), and house specialties, including shrimp pomodoro ($12.99) and Rizzo’s pasta bread bowl ($10.75), make mouths metamorphose into teeth-lined esophageal openings. Diners can also satisfy cravings for authentic tastes of Italy by tucking into veal parmesan ($13.50) or licking Mount Vesuvius. Hot and cold subs, palate-prepping appetizers, and a mélange of salads round out the mighty menu, which also offers mini meals ($5.25) for hungry bambini.