Situated on a scenic stretch of the Cuyahoga River, Piatto Novo offers an upscale dining experience with a refined, plentifully stocked dinner menu. Tantalizing meals are prepared by executive chef Roger Thomas, who has been working at restaurants since the ripe age of 16, crafting delectable dishes that make diners feel like freshly squeezed lemonade. Lasso tongues with tasty pastas such as the fettuccini Barese ($11 half, $20 full) with sausage, broccoli, caramelized onions, and asiago, or opt for a rib-sticking main course such as the pork-rib chop ($25) or chicken arrosto with lemon confit, fingerling potatoes, and olive sauce ($21). Top off body fuel tanks with the soft sweetness of crème brûlée ($8), or finish the evening with a perfectly prepared martini that’ll make dining feel as pleasantly vaporous and fuzzy as a dream of a hot-air-balloon ride with a sentient puff of cotton candy.
Metropolis Popcorn fills cups, baggies, and tins with batches of popcorn cooked in cholesterol free coconut oil and mixed with a creative potpourri of candies and other tasty ingredients. Traditional mixes, such as super 3 cheese, sit side by side with a loaded baked potato-flavored batch. Big League Grape candied popcorn harkens back to gum-chewing childhoods, and nostalgia and taste further intertwine in overflowing bags of Girl Scout Cookies, which promise melted fudged cookies layered over every crispy mouthful.
Eddy's Deli serves more than 100 inexpensive and classic menu items ranging from breakfast and sandwiches to salads, soups, dinner plates, and desserts. The breakfast menu is served from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and has enough combinations to excite both bright-beaked early birds and groggy nighthawks. Feed your inner child with breakfast favorites such as the low-calorie or homestyle french toast ($3.75). For a filling feast, the house breakfast special ($3.55) comes complete with two eggs and toast, along with home fries, grits, or fruit with bacon, ham, or sausage. Noontime hunger-havers will be glad to learn that Eddy's cooks its own corned beef and roast beef on-site at its restaurants daily. Dig into a corned beef on rye or the roast beef (both $6.95) for lunch, savoring the meatsperience while fondly recalling someone else's childhood from 1930s New York. For a satisfying supper, try half a fried chicken served with glazed honey, or the savory comfort of baked meat loaf (both $7.95). The casual and friendly atmosphere at Eddy's offers small and large tables ideal for unicyclists and bicycle gangs alike. Whether swinging by to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or standing in the middle of the room and screaming, the expansive menu has something to offer, with simple edibles so delicious that they might even stanch the screams.
Credited with inventing the chicken sandwich in 1946, Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A in 1967, which gained fame with its original chicken sandwich and crispy waffle-cut fries. Breaded by hand, each boneless breast fillet tumbles in special seasonings before 100% refined peanut oil endows a crispiness as golden as the heart of Eugene Levy. The tender fowl then tops toasted butter buns adorned with dill-pickle discs (golden wheat buns are also available). Though Chick-fil-A's award-winning Eat Mor Chikin campaign runs every day of the week and now on the nearby moon, patrons should note each establishment is closed Sundays.
First-time visitors to Chowder House Cafe often fixate on the dining room’s walls—or lack thereof, as every square inch has been painted over with electric flowers, guitar players, crowned kings, and other artistic testaments to the café’s funky and unconventional outlook. This same outlook makes its way onto the menu, which features the namesake clam chowder alongside salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrees similarly inspired by the sea. Aside from the Sunday brunch’s traditional omelets and buttermilk pancakes drenched in fresh Ohio maple syrup, a crab cake benedict celebrates the weekend atop a toasted ciabatta roll. Regardless of the time of day, a considerate BYOB policy accommodates the sailors who often stumble into the café with unlabeled bottles of clam juice.
Led by chef Louis Prpich, the kitchen wizards at Sugo Modern Italian Bistro conjure up lunch and dinner menus teeming with inventive takes on classic Italian cuisine. The chefs use fresh, seasonal ingredients when creating daily pasta dishes for the quick lunch ($7)—served with an italian salad, cup of soup, or stopwatch—and the hearty sandwiches ($8-9). For dinner, guests gnaw delicately on the beef carpaccio served with white truffle oil and sea salt arugula salad in a romano cannoli finished with chile and fig mostardo ($11) before debating the proper pronunciation of gnocchi in between bites of gnocchi ($16), which is handmade, tossed in a cream-and-tomato sauce, and definitely rhymes with boat. Dig into the two-course take on ossobucco ($19), beginning with roasted marrow and grilled ciabatta, and finishing with a root vegetable–stuffed veal shank and risotto milanese.
In addition to a sensory-stimulating spread of Asian and American buffet fare, Royal Buffet & Grill offers a full menu of Chinese classics. At the hibachi grill, an accommodating chef slices and dices dishes to your liking, whether square, saucer, or obtuse-isosceles shaped. Adults pay $6.95 for the lunch buffet, $10.95 for dinner, and $5.50 to $7.99 for standalone entrees. Children under 3 eat for free and wicked witches trapped under houses can eat leftovers if they behave.