Peggy Dennis and Mark Kohn transformed the historic Oak Harbor Hotel, while retaining the well-known façade's historic charm. But inside the duo refurbished the guts by restoring the century-old hardwood floors and hanging glittering chandeliers. They remodeled the dining room to house their restaurant – which serves a variety of locally grown produce and locally raised meats. They also renamed the venue to The Beekeeper Inn, a nod to their own passion for apiculture. Together they run the banquet hall and restaurant, taking breaks in their day to tend the family farm, harvest honey, or net a new swarm of bees. Mark even uses the Inn's upstairs space as a Krav Maga practice studio to teach self defense classes.
Sandi's Village Cafe warms customers with house coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos in flavors such as french vanilla. To complement the beverages—which also include chai tea—the staff serves breakfast food such as cinnamon rolls and later-day eats such as paninis and salads. To end things on a sweet note, customers can order butterscotch sundaes or ice-cream cones with one of the cafe's seasonal flavors.
Lobster tail tastes best with drawn butter, Gouda mashed potatoes, and waterfront views?and luckily for diners at Bay Harbor, the culinary team serves lobster tail with both of those sides. Their eatery is best known for its seafood dishes, and is appropriately situated on the shores of Lake Erie at Cedar Point Marina, quite near the lake's village of sass-mouthed mermaids. Beyond the sea, the restaurant also offers classic steak dishes like filet mignon and drunken chicken cooked in bourbon molasses. Before digging in, diners can toast with a glass of wine, or one of the bartender's cocktails, which include martinis and Irish coffee.
The first Cleats Club Seat Grille was founded in 1996 in North Royalton?but since then, the colorful sports pub has expanded to seven franchise locations around Northeast Ohio. Perhaps this spread was due in part to their signature chicken wings, which are served traditional or boneless and drenched in one of 18 zesty sauces. Diners can even forego the typical chicken wing altogether for Cleats' Water Wings, which use crispy fantail shrimp. An expansive sports-themed menu also highlights rich pub grub such as half-pound burgers, melts, mac 'n' cheese bowls, and slow-cooked ribs.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers pick up from the drive through or receive from skating car hops without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
In 1939, Al Berardi was working 60 hours a week selling ski-ball tickets in a Penny arcade. Then he built a french-fry stand at Cedar Point Amusement Park, a decision that changed his life changed forever. One stand became two, and soon, as many as two tons of potatoes were being sold in a single day. The rapid growth forced Al to move his potatoes into brick and mortar restaurants, including Berardi's Family Kitchen, now in the family for generations.
More than 70 years after Al cut his first potato, the chefs use his same recipe, serving the fries as an appetizer or a side to barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, fried green-tomato burgers, and buttermilk-fried chicken breasts. Diners can wash all of this down or help put out fires around the city with various beers and wines. The menu also includes house-made dressings, soups, and pies?all of which helped earn the eatery a Certificate of Excellence from the stomachs at TripAdvisor.