Honey, cinnamon, and raisins seem like sweet dessert fixings, but they're par for the main course at Bodega. All three make an appearance in the fez chicken—a Moroccan specialty sautéed with onions and dappled with roasted almonds. The chicken joins couscous, kebabs, and seafood paella on a list of Moroccan staples that pair well with live music and belly-dancing. Performances such as these elevate dinner to a multisensory event, one that can last in the swanky venue until 2 a.m., or whenever the dancer's belly button closes and goes to sleep.
However, Bodega's kitchen isn't married to a single region. Its versatility can be seen in a glance at the tapas section, where lobster risotto shares the page with housemade lobster nachos. Other small plates include soy-chili-glazed chicken wings, herb-crusted lamb lollipops, and homemade hummus with pita bread. The servings grow larger the farther back you flip in the menu, with pan-seared duck and grilled Amish chicken featured in the selection of entrees.
The name Burgers-N-Beer is straightforward. That’s why first-time visitors may be surprised by the scope of the eatery’s offerings. Cooks sculpt juicy half-pound patties by hand, piling on toppings such as fried eggs or marinara sauce. They also stuff burgers with fillings such as gorgonzola or creole-inspired olive tapenade, and they sometimes go to extremes by crafting burgers that weigh in at a full pound.
Patrons can also opt for slabs of ribs, corned-beef sandwiches on rye, and Italian specialties such as fried ravioli or italian wedding soup. But the food isn’t the only reason to stop by. Burgers-N-Beer exudes what one Cleveland Scene writer described as "old-time charm, cheery atmosphere, and prompt, friendly service—all seemingly designed to make a midweek dinner feel like a getaway at a lakeside resort.” On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant stops eager patrons from abandoning still-rolling cars with complimentary valet service.
Hailed by Cleveland Magazine as possessing “a culinary sixth sense when it comes to flavor,” Americano chef Vytauras Sasnauskas honed his culinary skills under the tutelage of Loretta Paganini, the celebrated founder of Chesterland’s Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. With roots in Cleveland’s culinary scene that extend back to 1996, it makes sense that Sasnauskas prizes locally harvested ingredients for his menu of daring bistro cuisine. Succulent cuts of beef are drizzled with creative sauces such as brûléed fig and gorgonzola, and traditional comfort foods are reimagined, such as mac 'n' cheese with gourmet flourishes of truffle oil and melted brie. Servers are happy to recommend pairings from a vast drink list that features old-fashioned cocktails and dozens of wines.
Americano is tucked away inside One Bratenahl Place, which creates a secluded vibe. With its smoked mirrors and heavy wooden chairs, the classically elegant dining room serves to tether the whimsical cuisine.
Michaelangelo's experienced chefs delight guests with a finely crafted selection of Piedmontese-style dishes made using classic preparation techniques and fresh, organic ingredients. For lunch, cacciatora con riso bundles a half of a chicken with stewed vegetables and parmesan risotto ($13), and a melanzane layers eggplant terrine, mesclun greens, and aged provolone until it is classified as a skyscraper ($12). For dinner, the pizzaiola, a pounded veal tenderloin with tomato concesse, olives, bocconcini, and herb risotto cake ($32), and the raviolini, a combination of rock shrimp, tomato-cream sauce, and lobster tucked safely in a ravioli casing ($28), voyage into mouths bearing gifts of taste.
The fresh menu at Lemongrass boasts a bounty of tasty Thai fare to satisfy you or your great-aunt's Bangkok-bereft mouth. Start with an order of crisp fried vegetarian gyoza ($5.25) or tender beef satay ($6.25) before moving on to the main course. The extensive selection of authentic fried rice ($9.75–$12.95), noodle dishes ($9.75–$16.50), and a rainbow of curries ($11.50–$13.95) will please picky palates, while seasonal specialties such as the mango fried rice with shrimp ($12.95) will satisfy die-hard sea-eaters. Shrimp-bellied pals can happify their herbivore companions with Lemongrass's many vegetarian selections, such as the tofu jade noodles ($11.50) or the tofu green noodle curry ($11.50). Cool over-heated dinner debates over the proper pronunciation of Goethe with a frosty scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.95) or sweet sticky rice with mango ($5.95).
Chefs at Cedar Lee Pub and Grill sizzle burgers and chop salads to satiate enthusiastic appetites while projection and flat-screen televisions quell desires for sports action. Infuse mouths with a menu of more than 30 burgers, including the South of the Border ($7.99), which rouses lazy taste buds with a kick of pepper-jack cheese and salsa before dressing them in grilled onions and green peppers. The Hawaiian burger ($7.99) mixes mellow teriyaki sauce with sweet slices of grilled pineapple and ham and a crunch of bacon. Like a rollicking game of Mad Libs, building your own burger or salad results in a hilarious medley of chopped vegetables and words such as "tzatziki" and "crouton." Meanwhile, 15 wing sauces wait to sprint out at a bugling cue, leap onto a springboard, and reverse somersault into a basket of wings ($4.50 for six).