At El Jalapenos, servers bustle between tables and through kitchen doors carrying plates of queso fundido, chicken fajitas, and carnitas. Here, armed with margaritas and overstuffed burritos, guests can savor a Mexican meal that's as relaxing as a nap underneath a warm tortilla blanket. Slice into carne asada or La Oaxaquena—grilled steak served with poblano peppers, bacon, ham, cheese, beans, and rice. Or, grab a tortilla filled with pork al pastor, stir-fried peppers, and refried beans. El Jalapeno has vegetarian options, too, including spinach enchiladas and cheese quesadillas.
Jack and June Durbin, who opened the Magic Freeze in 1953, served up frosty treats to the community for years before retiring and selling off the business to their son, Dan. Today, the spot's ice cream, soft serve, and custard are as popular as ever, winning the top spot for the ice-cream shop category on Fox 8's 2013 Hot List. In addition to cups, cones, sundaes, cyclones, and shakes, patrons can order handmade ice-cream cakes for special occasions.
Devore’s Hopocan Gardens serves Barberton-style chicken, which is locally raised, cut to conserve the tastiest bits of meat, lightly breaded for a natural, seasoning-free flavor, and deep-fried to a golden brown. The crisp, fresh taste of a classic white-meat combination (a breast, back, leg, and wing; $8.95) or a large dark platter (three thighs, two drumettes, and a back; $9.55) makes Colonel Sanders roll over in his roost. Most dinners come with a choice of three sides, such as hot sauce, coleslaw, and mashed potatoes. The menu of fowl-focused palates includes chicken buckets, hot wings, sandwiches, and paprikash (chicken stewed in a paprika sauce), along with freshwater pike, shrimp, and ham.
Executive chef Angus O’Hara delights diners in The Galaxy Restaurant's elegant dining and Wine rooms with a dinner menu home to choice steaks and seafood dishes and a lengthy wine menu. The house-made lump crab cake totes a sherry tomato vinaigrette and scallion oil ($9.95) in its quest for starter dominance over the white-wine-infused Prince Edward Island mussels ($7.95/half pound), noted for being the seventh in line to become King of England. The spicy Shrimp Diablo rests jumbo scampi and peppers on a well-starched bed of linguini ($19), and the Maine lobster tail garnishes a buttery cold water crustacean with drawn butter and fresh vegetables ($39). The 6-ounce filet oscar crowns a center cut filet with fresh crab meat, asparagus, and a béarnaise sauce ($25) arranged to mimic the Portrait of Dorian Gray. With more than 50 wines available by the glass, guests can find the perfect libation to pair with any meal, such as the Galaxy cabernet sauvignon ($5.50) or the Chateau St. Jean sauvignon blanc ($9).
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.
With a wire whisk and passion for confection, Bonnie and her daughters Rachelle and Michelle whip up more than 10 styles of plump specialty cupcakes ranging from french toast and cherry cola to gingerbread. Maple and vanilla whipped icings sweep effortlessly across cake tops before being drizzled with caramel, or capped with crispy crumbled bacon. The café's wafting aromas of freshly baked blueberry muffins are joined by brewing coffee, steaming espresso drinks, and slowly steeping teas. Patrons may also peruse Magic City's hand-painted crafts such as candles, notepads, and crocheted wire jewelry.