After arriving in the United States from his native China, head chef Leon Liang honed his cookery skills at restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, eventually opening an establishment of his own with Kasai Japanese Restaurant. Taking its name from the Japanese word for joyous celebration, Kasai welcomes diners with a parade of udon noodles, hibachi-style steaks, and a dizzying array of sushi makis and nigiri treats. Like butter sculptures or edible finger paints, each meal blends artistry and gastronomy, enrapturing taste buds and eyeballs with sushi rolls draped in vibrant green avocado and meticulously arranged sashimi platters. Visitors share laughs over tuna and sake at the marble-topped sushi bar, or ensconce themselves in the sheltered back room with traditional cushioned floor seating and a simple, elegant decor of dark hardwood.
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.
Neatly nestled on the edge of Chippewa Lake, The Oaks Lakeside crafts casual dinner fare with its menu of seafood, pasta, desserts, and more, all within the confines of a charming cottage. Soak up picturesque sunsets between sups of shrimp bisque, which mingles sautéed jumbo shrimp in the gregarious waters of a creamed sherry shrimp stock ($13), or sink main-course molars into the chicken cordon bleu ($19) or the almond-crusted awnings of the baked tilapia ($18). Meat-seeking maws can find solace in the egg-battered arms of the veal piccatta ($19), and restless sweet teeth can stretch out nighttime noshing with a selection from the dessert menu. Dinner bells ring at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.
Sushi on the Roll Sushi on the Roll's adroit chefs carefully wrap vinegar-sprinkled rice, nori, and fresh seafood into creations that won the restaurant Best Sushi on the 2010 Fox 8 Akron-Canton Hot List. Classic maki favorites such as an eel or salmon roll satisfy piscine cravings, and spicy rolls such as the Moffa, layered with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura, work their pleasing pyromancy on palates. The eatery's chefs also host periodic hands-on Sushi 101 classes, which divulge the secrets of making nigiri and maki rolls as well as how to grab a good night's sleep by stuffing pillows with perfectly fluffy rice.
The first hole on the course at Rustic Hills Country Club carves an arc along the westerly banks of Rustic Hills Lake, a dramatic opening to the relatively short nine-hole track. With a par of 32, the course is dominated by four par 3s, yet makes up for its shorter layout with frequent hills that force swing adjustments and a steady diet of golf balls for the course's many water hazards?including one that almost entirely surrounds the seventh green.
Just off the golf course, the stately grounds of Rustic Hills Country Club encompass a fine- dining restaurant, Fireside Restaurant and Lounge which is also open to the public. Membership opportunities are available. Contact Rustic Hills for more information.
Some of the instructors at Lookaway Farm have worked with morgan horses for several decades. The equines, with their chocolate-hued necks arched proudly and their hooves beating quick drumrolls, respond to this extensive experience during lessons, trail rides, and competitions. All instruction is conducted in a one-on-one format and customized in accordance to the rider’s goals of achieving proper technique or making a novel about rollerblading cowpokes more realistic. With regular practice in the saddle, students of all ages can tap into the sport’s myriad benefits, including development of muscles, confidence, and coordination.