Chester’s Legacy Tavern dishes out an array of tasty modern American fare in its comfortable tavern dining room. The friendly wait staff handles hearty appetizers and fresh seafood options flown in fresh from their seaweed dens in the Pacific. A full menu of comfort specialties soaked in homemade sauces like the wife’s meatloaf ($13) and the black ‘n’ tan ribeye ($18) cooked in Guinness leave taste buds singing and fingers licked clean. The kid’s menu provides pickier feasters with small portions of under 12 staples, such as sliders and fries ($4), so miniature adults can’t throw fits about their food, though their nerdy hoodless sweatshirts are still fair game. Chester’s spacious seating areas and outdoor patio provide a perfect family outing environment for a modern twist on traditional tavern fare.
Situated downwind of the Great Lakes, Painesville turns into a winter wonderland in the colder months when lake-effect snow blankets the area's slopes with a fine, skiable powder. About a 30-minute drive south from Quail Hollow, families and scrawny snowballs looking to bulk up take to the downhill trails of Alpine Valley, which range in difficulty from easy to expert. Adjacent to the ski slopes, snowboarders bounce off the rail grinders and tabletops of the terrain park, and at a separate tube park, visitors go careening over runs while tucked inside an inflated donut.
The Sawyer House is one of the only stone homes in Lake County, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the colonial-style cottage, owner Dennis Koury's love for food shines through in a menu of made-from-scratch dishes and De Cecco pastas imported directly from Italy. Seated at the linen-draped tables in the dining area, diners split a signature salad crowned with prosciutto, crumbled gorgonzola, and housemade dressing; dig into lasagna with sweet sausage; and slice center-cut filet mignon. As sunlight washes slowly from the sky, the restaurant fills with the sound of tuning instruments and forgotten drum kits being hastily whittled. Upbeat music streams from the Pauly's After Dark lounge area, which features weekly wine tastings along with specialty cocktails from the full bar.
The aestheticians at Aesthetic Essentials help clients look their best with skin and body treatments such as facials, Zerona, and Dermarolling, which is much more skin-friendly than its distant cousin—Zamboni rolling. Waxing sessions whisk unwanted hair away from nearly any area, and beauty injections ward off wrinkles better than a whole bottle of spray starch.
Though Rick and Renee have helmed Mama Roberto’s for 15 years, their family recipes are close to a century old. Multiple features on Fox 8, winning the News-Herald's Best of the Best award in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and receiving a 2011 award for Best Italian from Cleveland Magazine have helped spread the word about these handmade Italian dishes, which range from stuffed calzones and pizzas to veal and chicken sautéed in delicate wine sauces. Diners may also solicit Mama Roberto’s catering services for up to 1,000 people or one very hungry humpback whale.
More than 50 creative and classic toppings crown freshly kneaded dough at J's Pizza Market, which has claimed a Readers' Choice award for best pizza from MentorPatch for its pizza-crafting prowess. Patrons can choose from 34 specialty pies for at-home cooking or hunker down for in-eatery feasts. Gluten-free, white, or wheat crusts bubble atop a provided take-home pizza disk that emulates the cooking abilities and imperviousness to wolves of a brick oven, browning a variety of toppings, including barbecue pork. The restaurant's in-house wood stone hearth oven melts the Little Havana pizza's vegetarian blend of black olives, banana peppers, red onions, and tomatoes into a bed of cheddar and mozzarella atop black-bean sauce. Meat-laden sandwiches and crisp salads are also available as alternatives to circular sustenance.