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.
Tom Krukemeyer, owner of The Mad Cactus, learned many things when celebrity chef Robert Irvine stopped by to assist a 48-hour restaurant makeover. Firstly, don't insult a celebrity chef when your microphone is still on. Secondly, small touches—such as a complimentary salsa bar—offer large boosts to customer satisfaction. As Krukemeyer explained to Debbie Palmer of Strongsville Patch, though Irvine's visit with the crew of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible started off shaky, if resulted in subtle, but significant improvements that he's proud to stand behind.
Today, after the hurly-burly brought by Irvine, Krukemeyer’s chefs continue to turn seafood and barbecued meats—including mesquite-grilled steaks—into Tex-Mex dishes. To complement the menu’s array of southern flavors, a toppings bar furnishes diners with more than 10 salsas. Krukemeyer also slates daily food and drink specials, which encourage diners to socialize in the main dining space, the cantina, the walk-in humidor, or on the patio.
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.
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.