Steep your brain with flavorful promises of a menu to plot out an early-morning caffeine infusion, mid-day lunch treat, or late night drive-by brainwiring. Phoenix's coffees are brewed fresh from their very own beans, so have a cup of old-school joe to return to the café's roots (up to $1.70), or punch your taste buds with the devil's brew (coffee with a shot of espresso, up to $2.50). Chug their namesake with a cup of Café Phoenix, a mocha made with their signature locally produced chocolate syrup and an extra shot of espresso ($3.60), or hammer your endocrine system with the indulgent excesses of their Stuporball—two kinds of custom-blended coffee, two different chocolate syrup infusions, and an extra shot of espresso (up to $4). Tea lovers get some love at Phoenix, too—premium oolong, white, and select black or green tea varieties are available iced or hot (up to $2.40), while the house-made artisan Chai latte arrives steamed and creamy (up to $3.20). You can also upgrade to larger drinks and pay the difference.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
In 1975, when The Melting Pot originally opened just outside Orlando, diners had just three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. The restaurant first expanded four years later, when an enterprising waiter by the name of Mark Johnston opened up a new outpost in Tallahassee. Today, The Melting Pot—now owned by Mark and his brothers Mike and Bob—reigns as a premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also expanded, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On any given night, groups of dip-loving foodies gather around tables to nosh on fondue appetizers before cooking their steaks and seafood in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and romance seekers cap decadent evenings sharing the chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
Slicing cold cuts and heaping hot pastrami into munchable mounds for more than 30 years, Jack's Deli and Restaurant offers an expansive array of classic deli fare. Retro-deli devotees are sated with a voluminous menu packed with sandwiches, such as the Hot Romanian Pastrami ($8.95) or House Turkey Off the Bone ($8.95), served on rye, wheat, challah, pumpernickel, and more. Credentialed chefs craft a bevy of specialties, such as the Maidlach ($11.95) with nova lox, cream cheese, tuna salad, and whitefish salad served on three mini bagels. Leaving nothing to the imagination, the roasted beef brisket ($10.95) is served open-faced and piping hot, with mashed potatoes and gravy or french fries. The chicken club ($9.95) takes up massive grill real estate with grilled chicken breast and grilled pastrami served on thick, grilled challah. Diners can also have their taste sponges soak up smile-inducing flavors by sampling the stuffed cabbage ($13.95) with fresh ground beef rolled into succulent, young cabbage leaves and bathed in savory sweet-and-sour sauce. With complete disregard for the sun's uncontrollable envy of the moon, breakfast is served all day, offering dishes such as the homemade corned-beef hash ($7.25) with poached eggs.
Nestled within the Cuyahoga County Airport, J B Milano's casual dining room entices travelers with maroon cloth napkins and burgundy leather chairs stippled in brass studs. Tabletop lamps throw light on exposed white brick walls and tablecloths sewn from pages of SkyMall. To pair with these decorative trimmings, JB Milano's dishes out homemade Italian fare from a menu of classic recipes.
Grumbling stomachs silence with comforting plates of pastas or withering stares from open-faced prime-rib sandwiches on toasted rye. Veal and fish filets arrive enveloped in savory breading and topped with such ingredients as artichoke hearts, capers, and delicate wine sauces. Hearty steak dishes, meanwhile, arrive at tables artfully arranged on sparkling white plates.
The Mad Greek earned a finalist spot on CityVoter's 2011 Best of Fox8 Cleveland list for its Greek cuisine, but that’s only half the story. Executive chef Jesse Loury splits the menu between classic Greek and Indian dishes, whipping up a half-dozen fragrant coconut-and-tomato Indian curries alongside broiled chicken with tomato and feta and seafood simmered in bouillabaisse.
The environs prove as sprawling as the menu, welcoming diners into a dining room reminiscent of a Mediterranean greenhouse with its ample sunlight, potted ferns, and sky-high ceilings. Throughout the space, private enclaves prove ideal for romantic dinners with invisible significant others.