Once a ramshackle ice-cream store with a loyal Akron following, today Zack's Fire and Ice serves barbecue along with its cones with help from new owner and former pastor Randy Stewart and his wife, Kathy. The Stewarts have lived in the Southwest and up and down the East Coast, so rather than adhere strictly to any one regional barbecue style, they synthesize their favorite elements from a number of traditions to create an eatery with the welcoming spirit of a backyard cookout. The kitchen slow smokes brisket, ribs, pork, and turkey breast and slathers them with sauces such as honey and apple bourbon. Frozen treats such as sorbet and frozen yogurt stay chilly at the ice-cream counter alongside hard-packed ice cream in flavors such as pumpkin pecan, oatmeal cookie, and Superman, designed to freeze enemies’ brains faster than a speeding bullet.
A waterfall of shells dangles above the mantel, upon which a parrot perches. The bar is crafted from carved wood and framed with transoms of stained glass. Walking through the door at Cafe Cusco, it's difficult for guests not to be enchanted by the interior, especially if they're lucky enough to score one of the sumptuous booths, whose wood and stained glass echo the bar, and whose tapestry-wrapped cushions cosset them better than their mother's lap. This decor sets the scene for comforting plates of Peruvian food such as lomo saltado, with its zesty tamari sauce and tomatoes, and arroz con mariscos, a tumble of seafood and rice cooked with white wine and red pepper.
At The Hangout Sports Bar & Grille, there's no shortage of bar space: servers slide drinks across a main bar that stretches more than 60-feet. Another, albeit less expansive bar intersects the room lengthwise, enabling visitors to set down their beers and hamburgers as they shoot pool or rest in between thumb wars. Owner Barbara Ghan–who swung open The Hangout's doors in December of 2012– engineered this setup. She even converted an adjacent garage into extra space for her bar. The result: a roomy, but welcoming area to watch sports, listen to live music, and, well, just hang out.
Aromas of fluffy pancakes and freshly made omelets waft through Springfield Family Restaurant 24 hours a day. In addition to breakfast fare, the menu also features lunch and dinner items, including strawberry bistro salads of baby field greens, cranberries, pecans, and feta cheese. Ovens bake specialty bread for the french toast, which is battered, grilled, and lightly dusted, like a forest fairy, with powdered sugar.
The chefs at Cartoons Oyster Bar & Grill create an eclectic, seafood-centric menu of sandwiches, pastas, and ocean-caught specialties. Entrees include cajun gumbo or jambalaya and sample seafood platters are loaded with cod fillets, scallops, fried shrimp, and clam strips. On the weekends, local bands take to the bar's stage to belt out original songs and read their middle-school diaries aloud.
Midwestern Gourmet delivers choice cuts of meats directly to customers’ doorsteps. Their selections range from USDA choice Angus steaks and snow crab legs to boneless chicken breast, as well as other seafood such as Pollock fillets and shrimp. They also specialize in pork including tenderloin, boneless pork chops, and Italian pork sausage. Midwestern Gourmet guarantees flavor and tenderness for up to one year.