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.
Upsy Daisy Cool Beans & Ice Cream’s owner coined her shop’s name as a way to simultaneously honor her nana, Daisy, and describe the pick-me-up one might expect from her coffee drinks and frozen treats. Coincidentally, the name also fits the shop’s unconventional method of handcrafting small batches of ice cream from lactose-free milk, high-grade cream, fresh fruit, and Belgian chocolate—a method that has earned it praise from its lactose-intolerant customers, as well as Fox 8 Cleveland. Creamy scoops of strawberry, chocolate, butter pecan, and sweet peach ice cream crown crepe cones, blend into milkshake mugs, and rest atop glazed donuts drenched in fruit syrup. Thankfully, steamy mugs of coffee and organic espresso can warm up guests after they impulsively hop across the counter and dive into one of the 20 tubs of ice cream.
Steep your brain with flavorful promises of a menu to plot out an early-morning caffeine infusion, mid-day lunch treat, or late night drive-by brainwiring. Phoenix's coffees are brewed fresh from their very own beans, so have a cup of old-school joe to return to the café's roots (up to $1.70), or punch your taste buds with the devil's brew (coffee with a shot of espresso, up to $2.50). Chug their namesake with a cup of Café Phoenix, a mocha made with their signature locally produced chocolate syrup and an extra shot of espresso ($3.60), or hammer your endocrine system with the indulgent excesses of their Stuporball—two kinds of custom-blended coffee, two different chocolate syrup infusions, and an extra shot of espresso (up to $4). Tea lovers get some love at Phoenix, too—premium oolong, white, and select black or green tea varieties are available iced or hot (up to $2.40), while the house-made artisan Chai latte arrives steamed and creamy (up to $3.20). You can also upgrade to larger drinks and pay the difference.
If the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop looks a bit old-fashioned, that's because it is. The building was built in 1875 as a showroom for flour milled by the adjacent waterfalls. But somewhere along the way, it also began selling popcorn, and in the 1940s, the store transformed into a popcorn shop. Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop sells crispy popcorn in fun flavors such as Double Cheese, Kettle Corn, and Caramel Corn, as well as cranberry-flavored Chrissy Corn, proceeds from which go to benefit the cancer charity The Gathering Place. The shop can even bring its popcorn on the road, setting up stands at local festivals and special events to pop it fresh. In addition to its namesake snack, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop also serves organic, fair-trade, locally roasted Dewey's coffee, along with Euclid Beach Custard and ice cream. Its ice-cream fans are known as Conelickers, and the shop also counts President George W. Bush as an admirer; who bought a tin while campaigning in 2004.
Nestled in the Coventry district within Cleveland Heights's historic Centrum Theater, Fracas flanks fine gastropub fare with inspired homemade sauces. Sea smitten can munch on the calamari to start, browned in lemon oil and chili olive pesto ($9), while green gurus can lead forkscapades onto plates of fried green tomatoes bathed in chive oil and vinaigrette ($9). Entrees include a beef short rib braised in Dogfish Head IPA ($26), as well as the Ohio City black-pepper gnocchi backed by wild mushrooms, english peas, leeks, and grape tomatoes, and smothered with smoked gouda alfredo ($18). The bar stocks a staunch selection of local and Midwestern brews, 16 on tap and 30 by bottle, and counts the Rate Beer–approved Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold ($4; RB: 95/100) and the Buckeye Brewing Hippie IPA ($12 for 22 oz; RB: 95/100) among their regular liquid relievers. Should carnivores crave sustenance not found on the menu, Fracas's scratch kitchen can create the meal of one's dreams should they have the ingredients, yielding such customer-conceived classics as the melancholy jam sandwich and apple pie a la go carte.