When Herb and Bobbie Brugh opened Herb's Tavern in 1963, they couldn't have foreseen what an institution it would become. Over the course of the last half-century, the tavern has stayed true to its signature dish, the Herb burger, in which a 1/3-pound patty oozes with mushrooms and grilled onions as well as dozens of other topping options. The friendly, inviting ambiance hasn’t changed much either. The building, constructed in 1936, still maintains the same vintage feel it did in the ‘60s due to the bricks' regular use of anti-aging cream, and the restaurant still maintains a family-welcoming atmosphere. The menu’s hearty appetizers and entrees range from hot sandwiches to seafood dinners of perch and walleye, which can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio on warm days.
Cooks at Gusti Italian Grill prepare customized Italian entrees such as pasta bowls and Gusti wraps. Each entree comes adorned with the customer’s choice of a grilled item, fresh vegetables, and toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers.
Cravings Cafe percolates flavorful, full-bodied coffee with 100% Arabica beans secured from a local roaster to sip with gourmet sandwiches and fresh soups. Under the gaze of original artwork, baristas skillfully concoct foamy cappuccinos or decadent mexican hot chocolates and tastefully garnish each cup with a monster-truck Micro Machine ($2–$4). Small bowls of soup du jour ($2.99) tempt palates with bursts of earthy, jour flavor, and turkey sandwiches pop with basil- and parmesan-infused pesto ($5.99). On Thursday evenings, diners can munch falafel wraps ($5.99) as they scrutinize the prowess of amateur entertainers who rendezvous at the café's open-mic night, where host Ramon Rivas invites patrons to read poetry, sing songs, and lip-synch to a laugh track.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.
Few bars can boast a brunch menu as notable as their pours. But Around the Corner’s hot coconut cakes nabbed it a spot on Cleveland Magazine’s 30 Best Breakfast Dishes in 2012. Inspired by head chef Sonny Zarlis’s Indonesian upbringing, the light, crispy pancakes include coconut milk, a touch of Coco Lopez, and grated coconut on top—his mother’s recipe. But when morning fades to night and the sun becomes a mere puddle of butter in the sky, the eatery fills the brunch-shaped hole in customers’ bellies with a dinner menu of burgers, wings, and fajitas. Accompanied by local and craft beers, meals unfold amid live music and TV screens.
Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. Daily bread offerings range from baguettes to sourdoughs to specialty loaves. Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.