Peaberry's Café & Bakery entices eaters to linger in its sunlit dining room with free WiFi and a menu of paninis, wraps, soups, salads, coffee drinks, and more. Specialty drinks such as the frothy amaretto mocha ($3.69–$4.49) approach scratch-made european pastries to invite them to a flavor tango on the tongue's dance floor, while a chicken pesto panini utilizes mozzarella and roasted red pepper to chaperone hunger, ensuring it behaves ($7.49). An apple walnut salad ($6.59) paired with a wildberry smoothie ($3.89/$4.69) fulfills daily fruit requirements established in the USDA's food hexagon, and the ham, egg, and cheese croissant, one of six breakfast specialties served all day, satisfies protein hankerings ($3.89).
The Lemon Grove is a multi-purpose meeting spot that combines food, coffee, brews, and entertainment. Open until 4 a.m., the kitchen serves a medley of mouth inspiration, including veggie quesadillas ($6.50), Italian beef sandwiches ($8.25), bacon cheeseburgers ($7.50), and pancakes ($4.50), which, along with other breakfast items, are served all day. The menu incorporates fresh, local produce, and meats from Catullo and Boar's Head, purveyors of prime proteins. Meanwhile, the coffee bar serves caffeinated elixirs made from organic, Fair Trade beans that are roasted weekly in Cleveland, and the bar serves a rotating tap of local, import, and craft beers.
The service is somewhere between leisurely sit down and blazingly fast, a perfect compliment to the restaurant’s middle-ground nature, though the menu definitely takes the high road. It’s full of the eats that little Italian schoolchildren dream about at the moderate prices papas and mammas sing about in the shower.
Housed inside the Old B&O Train Station, Rust Belt brews nine craft beers, with a handful more scheduled for release early next year. Each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., fans of yeast and hops can gather 'round head brewer Lee Gidley as he guides them on a tour of the brewery, showing them equipment, explaining the brewing process, and doling out samples of the luscious liquid gold. When the half-hour tour concludes, everyone receives a commemorative Rust Belt Brewery T-shirt, a souvenir pint glass, and a jolly memory to overtake the brain space currently inhabited by knowledge of the Gigli plot. If the tour inspires a powerful thirst for more, Rust Belt sells growlers of their guzzleables to take home, and the neighboring Boxcar Lounge has Rust Belt on tap.
Walrus Subs uses fresh breads baked daily, hand-sliced meats and cheese, and nutrient-packed veggies to create a scrumptious menu of classic deli sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs, gyros, and soups. Original italian or whole-wheat breads use their grain-stuffed arms to carry cold subs to the mouths of famished foodies or to the oven for toasting. Like a carnivorous yin-yang, the chef’s family recipe chicken salad sub blends light and dark meats (7", $4.75; 12", $6.25), while a turkey sub can be customized with ham or roast beef and one of five types of cheese, including provolone, swiss, or cheddar sauce (7", $5.25; 12", $6.75). Philly-style cheesesteaks lead the oven-baked pack through the culinary kiln, mixing thin slices of rib eye with sweet onions and provolone cheese ($7.25), occasionally stopping at the detailing shop to pick up bacon, cheese-whiz, or pepperoni ($7.75).
Renters of the Vault Lounge saunter past Imbibe Martini Bar's open-to-the-public service area, through a fortified door, and into the converted 100-year-old First Federal Bank saferoom, where they can kick off the most exclusive of festivities. Pop a bottle of bubbly surrounded by classic woodwork and wine racks, toasting to both the classy confines and the newfound knowledge of how it feels to be a million bucks.