6191 Quarry Ln.
Independence, OH 44131
Phone: (216) 328-7777
Fax: (216) 524-0403
Not a quintessential sports bar, but yet Shula's 2 retains the same spirit that draws ardent football fans to all Shula restaurants. Named for famed coach Don Shula, Shula's 2 offers the trademark beef steaks and fresh seafood. Offering a wider menu than most sports bars, one can enjoy live sports action on wide flat-screen televisions while munching on delicious fare. The restaurant possesses a classic charm without any overdose of nostalgia through random display of past games. Shula's 2 also offers private dining space for corporate or large family events.
Delmonico’s Steakhouse is a plush restaurant offering Prime Steaks, fresh seafood and classic Italian dishes. The retro decor with its stylish red leather accessories and unique lighting creates a romantic ambience which is classical. Delmonico’s provides sommeliers to their diners, who with their expertise help in choosing the right wine to go with the chosen dishes.
Aura Bistro and Lounge is a contemporary restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence serving global cuisine. Using only fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, their seasonal menu has steaks, chops, seafood and daily specials. Their full service bar has an extensive wine list, martinis and an array of beers. Aura serves breakfast,lunch and dinner daily.
LockKeepers is an upscale American-Italian restaurant located in scenic Valley View, just south of Cleveland, along the Cuyahoga river. From the outside, LockKeepers looks like a rustic country inn, though that belies the elegant wood-paneled décor inside. LockKeepers also has an extensive wine list and is known for employing the rare Master Sommelier to guide diners through the wine list. The cuisine at LockKeepers is upscale American with an Italian flair. Pasta dishes include a four-cheese Lasagna and Spaghetti Bolognese with beef and pork. Specialty entrées include Center Cut Filet Mignon, Scaloppini with veal or chicken, or Seared Yellowfin Tuna. LockKeepers also hosts regular events, such as wine tastings, which can be found on their website. - Marjorie Jensen
There exists the occasional American diner who dismisses Thai cuisine as some kind of poor imitation of Chinese food. While similarities exist between some common dishes, such as sweet-and-sour sauce, Thai's thicker curries and noodle dishes offer major texture and taste differences that should not be overlooked. V-Li's Thai Cuisine, in Canal Fulton, to the south of Akron, offers a traditional Thai dining experience. Many favorites, such as Pad Thai are available, like Red or Green Curry, made with, respectively, red and green chilies. Thai cuisine's most famous soup, Tom Yam, a hot and sour soup, made with chicken, pork, or seafood, is also available. - Marjorie Jensen
D'Agnese's is cafe cum restaurant and bar in Broadview Heights serving both northern and southern Italian delicacies and specializing more on veal, chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes. First timers can begin with calamari fritte, crab stuffed mushrooms, eggplant rollatini, or the artichoke hearts. The seasoned diners can begin with their new dishes such as pan seared sea scallops or the stuffed peppers, for dinner gorge on the Zuppe di Pesce, Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca, Braised Lamb Shank, Shrimp Cappellini or any of their specialties with their signature lemon butter sauce. The extensive selection of signature wines (red, white, rose, champagne)and foreign beers complement the dishes well. If you are there on Saturday nights, get ready to be entertained by some live jazz in the bar. If you are looking out for quality and affordable Italian haunt, then D'Agnese's is 'the' place for you.
Honey Hut opened its doors in 1974 and has since been a favorite for desserts. Their ice-creams are applauded across Northeast Ohio, with several outlets making a mark. This family business uses Cleveland-based produce to create unique flavors like Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Caramel, Peanut Butter and Blackberry. Do stop by for a refreshing delight.
The Rocky River Brewing Company is a brewpub attached to the Rocky River microbrewery in, unsurprisingly, the Rocky River area of Cleveland. The wide variety of beers is one of the main draws. Rocky River offers seasonal brews for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, and it also offers a range of Ales, Wheats, Fruity beers, Pale Ales, Porters, and Stouts. The food offered is also quite varied, including buckets of Mini Burgers or Wings, salads, burgers, entrées, and more. The entrées include pasta dishes like the Rocky River’s version of Pad Thai or Bowtie Pesto Pasta with chicken. Carnivores can partake from Cooper’s Baby Back Ribs or Gorgonzola Strip Steak, while pescatarians may enjoy One Potato, Two Potato Grouper or Herb & Panko Crusted Tilapia. Rocky River also has a full bar which stays open after the restaurant with bar food.- Marjorie Jensen
Austin's Wood Fire Grille offers Texas-style cooking, particularly steaks and burgers. The restaurant elegantly features rustic brick coloration, and even includes a fireplace near some of its seats. The steak is the main draw; Austin's star offering is its Dry Aged Certified Angus New York Strip Steak. Their menu features Cowboy Steak, Tenderloin Tips, and more. They also serve pasta and sandwich entrees, such as Monterey Chicken, Fetuccini with Black Scallops, and the only vegetarian entrée, Penne with Roasted Fire Vegetables (though several other appetizers and salads are vegetarian.) Austin's also has a good wine selection and full bar, including signature martinis. - Marjorie Jensen
The exterior of this bar cum restaurant is unpretentious but once you enter Johnny's Bar it's a pleasant surprise. A truly fancy bar, the interiors are warm and welcoming. The refined architecture and superb service makes it very popular among people in Cleveland. Sit at the bar and enjoy a range of cocktails or chat with friendly bartenders here. If you fancy something to eat, then try their Italian fish, Egg Pappardelle Pasta, Medallions of Veal and many such sumptuous fares. A great eatery and an equally great bar. Check the website for more details.
Brooklyn's Wild Ginger China Bistro may be labeled as being from "China," but its menu includes a much wider variety of east Asian dishes such as sushi or Thai entrées. Wild Ginger has a wide range of traditional sushi, such as raw seafood in nigiri or sashimi with tuna, yellow tail, or eel, and larger maki rolls like the unagi roll with eel, cucumber, and avocado, or the Wild Ginger with shrimp, asparagus, avocado, and crab. Wild Ginger offers a range of Chinese styles of cooking, including Cantonese, Szechwan, and Hunan, like moo goo gai pan or Mongolian beef. Vegetarians have their own section of the menu, inclduing kung pao tofu or mu shu vegetables. -Marjorie Jensen
The Lava Lounge is a hip restaurant and bar in the Tremont area of West Cleveland. With live DJs spinning every night, it can be busy, but the restaurant has two floors with a more low-key upstairs area for diners. The menu is an eclectic mix of world food, such as roasted garlic hummus, crispy vegetarian spring rolls or cheeseburgers. Entrées include spicy shrimp with garlic, scallions and rice, or a flat iron steak served with roasted corn and avocado. Vegetarians can pick a vegetarian wrap with corn, tomato, avocado, and black beans or zucchini-mushroom cake on a toasted ciabatta. The Lava Lounge also offers happy hour drink specials on weekdays.