At Sakura Sushi House, fresh morsels of fish, eel, and octopi nestle into handcrafted rolls, a hibachi grill sears steak, and teriyaki sauce infuses chicken and tofu with savory flavor. Patrons perch at the granite-topped sushi bar and browse a menu brimming with four pages of specialty sushi rolls, or lounge in maroon booths, filling squirt guns from bowls of udon noodles. In the kitchen, chefs season meats ranging from filet mignon to lobster and augment shrimp tempura with teriyaki. After chopsticks ferry the final pieces of maki to tongues, punch their timecards, and head home, diners sip hot or cold sake to finish the evening with a final gustatory flourish.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
The first indication that the nachos at The Nacho Suite are different from those at your standard corner pub: cooks craft tortilla chips from scratch every day. These chips form the base for generous nacho plates, which are topped with crisp veggies, hearty meats, and house-made sauces. In fact, just about everything here is made in-house, including the pulled pork and chili, both of which make their way onto nachos as well as tacos, quesadillas, and poutines. In addition to proteins diners can choose from a long list traditional toppings to decorate their nachos, as well as unusual accoutrements such as pineapple, and cactus.
The first Cleats Club Seat Grille was founded in 1996 in North Royalton?but since then, the colorful sports pub has expanded to seven franchise locations around Northeast Ohio. Perhaps this spread was due in part to their signature chicken wings, which are served traditional or boneless and drenched in one of 18 zesty sauces. Diners can even forego the typical chicken wing altogether for Cleats' Water Wings, which use crispy fantail shrimp. An expansive sports-themed menu also highlights rich pub grub such as half-pound burgers, melts, mac 'n' cheese bowls, and slow-cooked ribs.
About an hour south of Windsor on the shore of Lake Erie, housed behind the bright red exterior and shaded porch of a historic 1880s home, chefs plate American-style pub cuisine. Servers create natural pairings of burgers and hearty entrees with local wines and craft brews. Upstairs, three guest rooms welcome visitors with feather duvet-topped queen beds, fireplaces, and Jacuzzi bathtubs. And only a few blocks away at the new Lil’ Heart & Soul Inn 136 on Mill, four more guest rooms in a turn-of-the-century home at the end of a quiet tree-lined street await overnight patrons—all outfitted with private baths.
Every 20 years our government allows one business to turn every day of the week into a Friday with a series of special calendars printed on stone. Today's Groupon honors the restaurant gubernatorially ordained in 1993 with $20 worth of week-ending cuisine at T.G.I. Friday's for $10. Bring your family, friends, or a group of tourists that follow you because they think you're Jamie Farr to indulge in distinctly Friday fare at a restaurant renowned for delivering the euphoric feeling of having two consecutive days off work.