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).
Old Firehouse Winery ferments more than 20 full-flavored vinos along the glistening shores of Lake Erie. Diners can admire the dining room with its shelves of glossy wine bottles to the gently lapping lake. Visitors can opt to purchase sweet and dry wine tastings ($1 for two tasting trays), which each include 10 samples of single-grape and blended varietals. After sampling the full range of sweet and juicy concords to dry and full-bodied chambourcins, duos can imagine how each exquisite vintage would look inside their souvenir wine glasses and how advantageous the imprinted corkscrews would be during a close-range jousting match. In the warmer months, patrons can swill, sniff, and sip from a romantic lakeside overlook on the outdoor tasting patio and supplement the winery outing with a ride on a historic ferris wheel.
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).
Founded in 1924, the Pittsburgh Inn appeases rapacious appetites with a menu consisting of hearty, home-cooked American comfort fare. Seafood-savorers can coronate a romantic meal across from a spouse or a seventeenth-century skipper by ordering a crab-cake appetizer, where homemade crab cakes come paired with creamy dill sauce ($4.99). For entrees, diners can order up a house favorite such as the almond fried-chicken breast, where boneless chicken is drizzled in homemade maple-honey mustard ($9.99), or engorge on a meatless meal such as the eggplant parmesan, topped with provolone cheese ($9.49). The Pittsburgh Inn's walls commemorate Pittsburgh-area legends with framed pictures, including its Honor Roll for soldiers on duty in Iraq.
C Tavern Smokehouse Grille, a restaurant nestled in Ohio wine country, serves up large portions of homestyle comfort food in an inviting space with polished wood floors and a stone wall serving as the backdrop. Beer-battered Great Lakes fish, 8-ounce steak burgers, and garlicky shepherd's pies stuffed with smoked meats and smashed potatoes are among its specialties. Diners can pair main courses with pours of wine, beer, and mixed drinks, such as the pumpkin martini.
Since opening its first location in Atlanta in 2000, Moe's Southwest Grill has expanded to more than 30 states. Each location features the same thing, though: Tex-Mex favorites such as burritos, tacos, and nachos prepared in front of your nose using ingredients such as cage-free chicken, grass-fed steak, and organic tofu. Complementing the casualness of the food is the casualness of the restaurant in general. The menu items are named after television show and movie characters and the kitchen staff greets each guest who walks or teleports through the door.