From the corner-shop comforts of their neighborhood haunt, the equatorial epicureans at Rosa's Legacy dish up a heritage-honoring host of toothsome Dominican
dishes. Flanked by a battalion of strategic sides, including hearty rice and beans and fried plantains, entrees such as the camarones a la creola (shrimp creole) ($14.95) and asopao de pollo (chicken soupy rice) ($14.95) wage a winning war against hunger and jerky chickens from neighboring islands. Let the robust taste of traditional rabo guisado (oxtail) ($11.95) whisk you away to the sweltering tropics where you can reach for [a quenching assist from traditional Caribbean coolers, including fruity tamarindo, creamy citrus Morir Soñando, or parcha juice–a passion-fruit nectar that will render you irresistible to passing pineapples ($2+).
Located in an Erie landmark eatery, la bella entices appetites with an extensive menu of homemade dishes served in a casual setting. Wanting to look perfect for its big dinner plate, the curly-leaf spinach takes a quick dip into the deep fryer ($6), while the sweet italian sausage prefers a long, hot bath in a sweet-and-sour poached-fig-and-date sauce ($8). Patrons looking for traditional Italian specialties find the ragu bolognese ($15) leading a roster of palate-pleasing pastas, as the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($25) and honey-jalapeño ahi tuna ($18) flaunt their flavors elsewhere on the menu. A nearby plant hatchery supplies the key component for vegetarian classics such as the eggplant parmesan ($18) and the eggplant veracruz ($17). Gluten-free guidelines help diners discern diet-friendly dishes such as the bittersweet chocolate-apricot cake ($8).
George's Restaurant has served hearty American fare along Lake Erie's shore since 1926. Earn your place in history by squaring off against an 8 oz. sirloin burger such as the Contractor's, an open-faced slab served on toasted garlic bread, smothered in french fries, chili, cheddar cheese, and Verdi sauce with sour cream on the side ($8.95). The scrumptious sandwich selection is built from traditional snacks including the pastrami melt ($5.95) as well as custom stacks of meat and bread including George's Favorite, a grilled Cajun chicken breast on a ciabatta roll, and adorned with bacon, swiss cheese, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato, and onion ($6.95). Real-deal mashed potatoes pair lucky spuds with colorful flavors ranging from garlic parmesan to onion and bell pepper ($3.50). Slurp up the homemade soup du jour by the bowl ($3.95) or to-go quart ($8.95), and polish off your meal with a decadent dessert such as homemade peach cobbler ($3.95) or a chill 'ya sundae ($2.95). Come back for breakfast and stuff your belly with stuffed french toast, slices of bread crammed with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and american or provolone cheese ($6.95). George's Restaurant also showcases a kids' menu for ravenous rugrats.