In a whirlwind of cosmetic products by the likes of Aveda, Redken, and OPI, a diverse cast of beauty boosters pool their talents to create a tranquil spa getaway where passersby can gussy up their hair, skin, and nails. At Revelations Salon & Spa, hairstylists well versed in coiffure modifications add va-va-voom to freshly shorn locks with halo highlights or all-over color. Skin technicians perform various facials to clarify complexions muddled by acne, dryness, and calculus equations scrawled with a sharpie. Their relaxing massages unwind knotted muscles scattered throughout the body, and their comprehensive pedicures melt tension between toes tired of making strained conversation with each other.
Chefs at Barroco Grill craft Colombian street fare from scratch, nabbing glowing reviews from Cleveland Scene and a nod from Cleveland Magazine’s Best of 2011 list. The signature arepas—which Cleveland Scene lauds as “hot, corny, and crisp”—hug melted mozzarella and succulent meats inside a pocket of all-white corn batter. Chefs also drizzle plates with creative flourishes such as wasabi coleslaw and peanut cream sauce. Beneath the dining room’s exposed wooden beams, snippets of brick walls peek out from behind artwork by local artists and high-functioning house pets.
At Streat Burger, guests construct their meals with Ohio farm-raised beef, pulled pork, or quinoa patties before piling them high with seasonal greens, spicy relishes, and flavorful toppings. Each custom-made sandwich, fresh salad, or basket of hand-cut fries pairs with a frosty beverage from the craft beer list, full of dozens of selections ranging from refreshing watermelon wheat to crisp, hoppy double IPAs.
Two Dads' Diner relies on fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to put a healthy spin on homestyle comfort fare. Classic diner eats and updated dishes fill the menu from beer-battered onions rings with a homemade dipping sauce ($3.25) to corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island–stuffed irish eggrolls ($4.75). Fuel up for the day with savory biscuits and sausage gravy ($4.25) or vanilla cinnamon-battered french toast ($3.75), which offers a sweet early-morning surprise, like finding a basket of kittens nestled in your bed. A half-pound burger can be slathered with one of six melted cheeses and extra toppings such as mushroom or chili ($5.95+), and the tender chicken paprikash punches up palates with a chive spaetzle ($8.95). Vegetarian dishes such as a portabella sandwich ($7.25) cater to those who prefer their meat meat-less, and homemade desserts and frosty milkshakes ($1.95) positively reinforce a body’s craving for sweets. Patrons can savor each mouthful within Two Dads' Diner's cozy interior peppered with fabric-covered booths, muted green walls, and dressed-down water glasses.
More than $1 million worth of artwork, live music, and a menu of coffee drinks percolate through Beck Cafe, situated next to the culture-infused Beck Center for the Arts. Instead of soliciting piggyback rides from strangers, visitors can sip steaming cups of Beck coffee ($1.80 for a medium) for quick pick-me-ups. Cafe mochas ($3.65 for a medium) conjure the dark magic of espresso beans to battle Ghirardelli white hot chocolates ($3 for a medium) for the title of sweetest sip.
Guys Pizza Co.'s pie twirlers knead fresh, local ingredients into daily-made dough destined for pizzas or the eatery's signature Guyzone. Two large pizzas' traditional or thin-crust varieties can be customized with well-spiced seas of classic red, zesty red, white, or pesto sauce. Toppings shake up each slice, with selections ranging from banana peppers to pepperoni to onions capable of causing tears of joy. The mini Guyzone ($4.99, feeds one), the menu's juiced-up version of a calzone, challenges diners with a hefty pocket packed with cheese and three toppings, all bundled up to dunk in marinara, garlic-butter, or hot-buffalo sauces. The specialty pizza with white garlic sauce ($9.99 for a small) more closely resembles an exploded baked potato with smashed potatoes, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone and a side of sour cream.