Chefs at Siam Orchid spice a diverse menu of curries, noodles, and stir-fries with traditional Thai specialties for lunch and dinner. The Fisherman's Treasure casts a wide net noon ($7.95) and night ($13.95), reeling in a medley of sautéed seafood and vegetables onto tables, while the tofu tamarind’s stir-fried mix of pineapple and tomato adds tangy sweetness to plates ($6.95, lunch; $10.95, dinner). Country-style pad thai spouts an old, faithful spring of noodles, bean sprouts, shrimp, and chicken whose authentic, fiery flavor tickles taste buds twice daily ($7.95, lunch; $10.95, dinner). Dexterous hands prepare the boneless, roasted, half-duck dinners three mouthwatering ways: fried crispy with chili sauce, glazed in tamarind-and-ginger sauce, or smothered in Siam curry ($16.95).
A family business since 1963, Star Lanes resonates with the boom of bowling balls colliding with pins on 24 automatic lanes. The alley's sunny yellow facility bustles with bowlers of all ages during daily open-bowling sessions and ripples with upbeat music during weekend Glow and Bowl sessions. An onsite pro shop outfits players with shoes, balls, and bags, and champion-bowler coaches Jeff and John Lizzi equip players with the techniques to master a grandfather clock's perfect pendulum swing. The venue also houses a bar with refreshments and a lengthy menu of specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Leagues for men, women, couples, and seniors practice in the alley throughout the week.
In the 1930s, a glimpse inside the brick building at 2350 Cleveland Road might have revealed Al Capone and his associates sipping coffee in the midst of a tense conversation. These days, though, the atmosphere inside Red Gables Mesquite Grill is relaxed and intimate, with white tablecloths and the scent of a mesquite fire drifting through the air. Over that fire, chef Jamie Pribanic grills Certified Black Angus steaks that he claims are the finest in the world. The Plain Dealer writer Debbi Snook stopped by to taste them herself, and came away impressed: “The medium-cooked rib-eye instantly became one of my all-time favorites”, she wrote. “Hearty structure but tender chew, pepper-rubbed, vaguely charred and whispering of cowboy terrain.”
The seafood at this grill is no afterthought. Diners can slurp oysters flown in fresh from Cape Cod, dip steamed Alaskan King Crab legs into drawn butter, or slice into the crimson flesh of wild Chinook salmon. Pours of wine or beer and a slew of house-made desserts complete the dining experience.
Cooker Bar & Grille's staff brings hearty, beloved bar fare to its diners, rolling out a collection of burgers and sandwiches, along with regional specialties. In addition to a wide array of beer and wine, housemade cocktails complement otherwise liquorless meals as diners sip within the restaurant's welcoming café ambiance decked in twinkling lights and checkered tile flooring. When not bellied up to the gleaming black bar, guests can step outside to dine on the expansive patio, which seats up to 70 guests and is perfect for people-watching or telepathic cloud-controlling.
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.
Bay Bell's savvy chefs serve up breakfast and dinner menus of casual new American cuisine in a quaint bayside restaurant located a relatively short drive from Cedar Point amusement park. Embark on morning journeys until 1 p.m. with the captain's breakfast featuring a crew of home fries, steak, two eggs, and deck-swabbing toast ($8.25), or chow on sweet hot cakes or french toast ($2.75–$3.75). During dinner, diners can construct custom pizza creations ($5+) with help from a mélange of toppings ($.50 each) and a chef wearing a hardhat. Flex jaws between bites of the meatball sub ($6) or perch sandwich ($6), all washed down with an iced tea ($1.75).
Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi's well-traveled owners, Mel and Barb Ayers, unite the culinary artistry of Japan with chefs selected from around America for their talents and showmanship. The result—set in a convivial restaurant with an outdoor patio and tableside hibachi grills—draws a bridge between the artistic elegance of Japanese cuisine and the family-friendly atmosphere of an American steakhouse. Meats sizzle on hibachi grills as chefs perform knife and spatula tricks for dazzled onlookers, who must refrain from leaning in too close lest a tower of onions suddenly catches fire. The spectacular dance of flames results in entrees of filet mignon, sea scallops, and lobster tails, all of which pair nicely with sushi such as a crab-filled california roll or a Volcano roll drizzled with fresh magma.