In the 1930s, a glimpse inside the brick building at 2350 Cleveland Road might have revealed Al Capone and his associates sipping coffee in the midst of a tense conversation. These days, though, the atmosphere inside Red Gables Mesquite Grill is relaxed and intimate, with white tablecloths and the scent of a mesquite fire drifting through the air. Over that fire, chef Jamie Pribanic grills Certified Black Angus steaks that he claims are the finest in the world. The Plain Dealer writer Debbi Snook stopped by to taste them herself, and came away impressed: “The medium-cooked rib-eye instantly became one of my all-time favorites”, she wrote. “Hearty structure but tender chew, pepper-rubbed, vaguely charred and whispering of cowboy terrain.”
The seafood at this grill is no afterthought. Diners can slurp oysters flown in fresh from Cape Cod, dip steamed Alaskan King Crab legs into drawn butter, or slice into the crimson flesh of wild Chinook salmon. Pours of wine or beer and a slew of house-made desserts complete the dining experience.
The broilers at Harry's Steakhouse sear perfectly straight lines into all of the eatery's daily, fresh chops, prepped by the in-house butcher. And before these steaks are aged and prepared, they're chosen from cattle that have been fed with corn their whole lives, as opposed to those with a habit of binging on fast food during their teenage years. Specialty steaks include the crowd favorite, 22 ounce bone-in Ribeye. Steaks can also be finished with sautéed mushrooms or onions or a skewer of grilled shrimp.
The staple of Sushi Rock’s menu is its selection of roughly 50 sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls, which collect multiple Japanese flavors into one neat package. The Sushi Rock roll alone packs a punch of shrimp tempura, crabstick, salmon, tuna, asparagus, and masago. A slate of USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood entrees such as sesame-seared tuna complement the sushi-bar creations. Each meticulously plated dish arrives in Sushi Rock's ultra-modern dining space, where backlit bottles glisten against a cityscape mural in the bar area, and color blocks of red and black pop in the dimly lit dining areas. Together, Sushi Rock’s choice food and hip vibe earned it a No. 1 ranking on CityVoter's Best Sushi list in 2010.
At Austin's Wood Fire Grill, hand-carved hunks of filet mignon and swordfish sizzle over wood-fueled flames, soaking up a smoky aroma. The restaurant’s refusal to use gas or the pages of paperback romance novels reflects a commitment to traditional, down-home cooking. This commitment also surfaces in their made-from-scratch breads, pan gravy sauce, and cognac cream sauce.
Following the lead of Paris-trained owner and chef Mike Mariola, City Square's skilled cooks quench carnivorous cravings with Chicago-style steakhouse fare. The menu invites patrons to warm up mouth muscles with a cup of the signature seafood bisque ($6.75–$9.25) or dive into a dish of homemade parmesan-cheese fries drizzled in truffle oil ($8.50). Meat seekers may partake in succulent slabs of USDA choice or prime beef, such as the 10-ounce peppered strip steak smothered in shallot sauce ($26.95), 12-ounce rib eye ($26.95), or Filet Oscar, a mixed bag of twin filet-mignon medallions caught up in a whirlwind of crabmeat, asparagus, and political intrigue ($28.95). Vegetarians can chew on the caesar salad ($6.50) or garden pasta, a mélange of vegetables served over freshly made penne in a garlic white-wine sauce ($16.95), and an extensive beer, wine, and martini list summons intrepid imbibers to cap off any meal with liquid-induced warm fuzzies.
Restaurant entrepreneur Ken Stewart traveled to Italy to gather the ingredients and recipes that he would use to build Tre Belle's illustrious menu of authentic Italian dishes. For appetizers, taste buds do tarantellas in anticipation of spicy stuffed peppers ($9.95), or the equally enticing artichoke with lemon aioli ($9.95). As aromatic as it is flavorful, the signature Tre Belle deluxe pizza ($14.99) is a circular tabletop of dough fixed with sausage, banana peppers, mushrooms, olives, mozzarella, and fresh basil––cooked over a wood fire for a distinctly delectable taste and instant pizza-based nostalgia. The Chicken Milanese ($15.95) is a sautéed and breaded bird adorned in a George Clinton style headdress of arugula, tomatoes, lemon, and a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. A glass of Pinot Grigio ($7.95) makes a loving companion to an order of lamb ragu ($15.95), pappardelle pasta mingled with savory sauce and cooked in lamb stock.