La Isla's dedicated tortilla tamers smother plates with heaping, traditional Mexican dishes and house specialties made to order and served hot and fresh. After diners take their seats in the dining room, complimentary chips and salsa invade tabletops like piquant drill sergeants, ordering malingering appetites to fulfill their digestive duties and drowsy eyes to start ogling the menu. Pause dinner-date gene-splicing disputes and devote jaw flapping to a classic chicken or beef quesadilla fajita ($7.99), or to the delicious assemblage of chicken, scallops, shrimp, and crab united within the Hawaiian-style fajitas ($13.49).
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.
All Starz Sports Grille provides a cozy rendezvous point for friends, lovers, and anonymous football fans seeking a hearty meal in a homey, away-from-home home. Browse the beer-bolstering menu, which includes quarter-pound cheeseburgers ($4.99), jumbo wings ($4.99), and twin hot dogs—conjoined from birth at the ketchup ($4.99). Sports enthusiasts can immerse themselves in a close game or split their attention between 21 HD screens to monitor multiple matches. Cold drafts are available, as are domestic bottles for cautious patrons to converse in bottle-whistled Morse code. Visit on Saturdays to view adrenaline-pounding UFC matches or swing by on Fridays for foot-pounding karaoke.
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.