Every night, the smooth hum of jazz music drifts out from North Park Grille, providing a soothing soundtrack for guests who recline beneath the stars on its front patio. Inside, dim candles illuminate tabletops surrounded by colorful paintings and soft purple walls. As bartenders pour fine wines into delicate stemware, servers gracefully deliver plates of Chef Anna Hoffman's contemporary comfort fare. She puts an upscale twist on classic American dishes, fashioning meatloaf from lean ground beef and savory spices, infusing mac ‘n’ cheese with unexpected morsels of feta or buffalo chicken, and molding ground-beef burger patties into the shape of elegant bald eagles.
While the decor at Swerve Grille hints at contemporary drama with deep red walls and black seating, the menu adds comfort. Chefs use fresh, natural ingredients from local farms to create dishes that remind you of home, with the added bonus of not washing dishes after. Fish tacos, beef sliders, and barbecue turkey ribs start off meals with a dash of casualness. Fine dining entrees offer choices from chicken alfredo and 12-ounce rib eye to southern fried chicken and grilled salmon, all of which can be enjoyed with sides like green beans or potato veggie hash. Meals finish on a sweet note, with apple crisp, cheesecake, or a second helping of steak.
There's no shortage of options at Tres Potrillos. The restaurant serves up a vast selection of Mexican eats, including favorites such as burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, and tacos. Indecisive carnivores can order the bacon-wrapped shrimp served with rib-eye steak, and there are several vegetarian dishes as well, including burritos stuffed with saut?ed veggies. At the bar, patrons will find traditional margaritas, as well as the intriguingly named Octopus margarita, which also includes sangria. Chairs at the bar are made from repurposed tequila barrels, each painted with an original scene.
The staple of Sushi Rock’s menu is its selection of roughly 50 sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls, which collect multiple Japanese flavors into one neat package. The Sushi Rock roll alone packs a punch of shrimp tempura, crabstick, salmon, tuna, asparagus, and masago. A slate of USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood entrees such as sesame-seared tuna complement the sushi-bar creations. Each meticulously plated dish arrives in Sushi Rock's ultra-modern dining space, where backlit bottles glisten against a cityscape mural in the bar area, and color blocks of red and black pop in the dimly lit dining areas. Together, Sushi Rock’s choice food and hip vibe earned it a No. 1 ranking on CityVoter's Best Sushi list in 2010.
The antipasti counter, panini bar, and wood-fired pizza oven combine to give guests plenty of reasons to visit Valenti's Ristorante. If that's not enough, notes belt out from an 1856 piano as the scents of pasta, steak, and seafood waft from table to table. The chefs, in addition to crafting popular dishes, craft them with locally acquired ingredients, antibiotic and hormone free meats, Gerber Amish chicken, and fish delivered fresh on a daily basis.
From its outpost in the Cleveland Heights, The Mad Greek crafts a menu of Greek and Indian food, which is prepared fresh every day. Chicken curry dishes and alu ghobi are served alongside pita sandwiches filled with beef and lamb gyros, chicken souvlaki, or falafel. Small bites include spanakopita and hummus and the Athenian burger acts as a culinary Trojan horse, delivering tzatziki sauce and feta cheese into open mouths.