For 35 years, Hot Dog Heaven’s grill masters have crafted a menu fit to bust with flame-licked, condiment-topped meats. All-beef hot dogs ($2.99) gussy up like cylindrical socialites in à la carte accessories, such as homemade chili sauce and onions, or don preselected medleys including The Clevelander’s cheese, kraut, slaw, and bacon (add $0.35). Juicy hamburgers ($1.99 for single; $2.99 for double) can bask in the same topping treatment as their tube-shaped brethren. Six mini corn dogs ($3.79) present an ovation-worthy opening act, often inviting backup from fresh-cut fries ($2.79 for small; $3.79 for medium) that jackknife out of canola oil into a cup of prized chili ($2.79).
At Rotuno’s Texas Style Barbeque, the cooking never stops. That’s because each night the staff loads the eatery’s custom smoker with high-quality meats that slow cook into the morning. Owner Tim Rotuno sees to it that the menu is stacked with all the classic barbecue dishes, from St. Louis–style ribs, to Texas-style smoked sausage, to smoked corned beef. Southern sides such as baked beans and coleslaw round out finger-licking meals.
A peckish motorhead's mecca, Quaker Steak & Lube joins the joys of hunger and horsepower under one auto memorabilia-laden roof. The menu, which isn't for the faint of appetite or weak of jaw, dares diners to delve into the Lubeburger, served with sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, house hot sauce, and american cheese (8.99). Wings are doused in a dizzying array of sumptuous house-specialty sauces, such as the Buckeye BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, and eternity. Cool décor—pale green walls, bright-green-upholstered seats, and framed memorabilia—complement Quaker Steak & Lube's hot flavors as nicely as bald eagles complement William Howard Taft's toupee.
Since 1934, Smitty's Place has bombarded appetites, including President Obama's, with a deluge of meaty burgers and wraps. The signature Smitty burger ($4.50) slathers a beefy double-decker with special Smitty sauce and melted cheese, and the nautical nutriment of a crab-cake platter ($7.50) powers up bellies for the difficulties of laughing through a snorkel. The chicken-bacon-ranch wrap ($7.15) bathes crispy or grilled chicken in cayenne ranch before wrapping it up in the warm arms of bacon, lettuce, tomato and a spinach wrap.
Only a stone’s throw from Lake Erie, Amber Oaks’ outdoor patio pulses with mid-day light peeking through overhanging trees. As dusk sets in, the turquoise-rimmed glass tables transform to a darker blue, and the twinkling string lights outline the restaurant’s silhouette. Clients, both indoors and out, feast on traditional pork chops, behemoth steaks, Lake Erie perch, and all-you-can-eat frogs legs. For more than 30 years, this has been the norm at Amber Oaks: a cozy family-run eatery with a chef who pledges to only serve made-to-order dishes that are never frozen. On the weekend guests spooling pastas in delicate wine sauce, can treat their ears to weekend jam sessions with Swing City Big Band.
Built in 1850, the historic Clemens Alten House easily blended into the antique atmosphere of Avon, though it’s strong exterior caught the eyes of Bob Neimojewski, as mentioned in an article from 2001 posted on avonhistory.org. One massive renovation later, the century-old house was transformed into Nemo Grille, a contemporary American restaurant. More than a decade later, guests still enjoy the modern interior, complete with a tin tile ceiling and white-clothed tables, as they dig into creative steakhouse and seafood fare. Chefs stylishly plate slow-roasted Ohio pork belly, ground-veal-stuffed mushrooms, and calamari with a maple-chipotle-lime butter while Certified Angus Beef strip, ribeye, and filet mignons are paired with a black peppercorn cream or a porcini-mushroom-truffle-infused butter. The “moderately upscale restaurant[‘s]…ever-changing menu,” as highlighted by Metro Mix, also enhances fresh seafood and protein-packed meals with a black-misson-fig marsala sauce, foie gras almond glaze, and mascarpone-chive polenta.