Oak Barrel in Valley View mixes sophistication with a rustic vibe

What: The Oak Barrel – Brasserie and Taphouse, a locally owned farm-to-table style restaurant opened in 2012. Where it’s located: 5975 Canal Road, on the east side of Canal, a few minutes from Interstates 480 and 77 in Valley View. When it’s open:  11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday Why you should … Continue reading Oak Barrel in Valley View mixes sophistication with a rustic vibe

Barabicu Smokehouse in Parma serves up terrific takes on the barbecue staples

What: Barabicu Smokehouse, a to-go delicatessen style smokehouse with some seating where diners are welcome to chow down. Where it’s located: 5767 Ridge Road, a short drive from Interstate 480 on the south side of Ridge, just north of Snow Road in Parma. When it’s open: 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until the meat is gone; starting to do a second smoke on weekends for dinner crowd. Why you should … Continue reading Barabicu Smokehouse in Parma serves up terrific takes on the barbecue staples

Restaurant Trentina in Cleveland serves up first-class food

What: Restaurant Trentina, an upscale-casual, contemporary style restaurant. Where it’s located: 1903 Ford Drive, near Wade Oval, on Ford between Juniper and Bellflower roads in Cleveland When it’s open: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 … Continue reading Restaurant Trentina in Cleveland serves up first-class food

2nd and High Social House in Cleveland is a low-key, off-the-beaten path spot

What: 2nd and High Social House, a cozy-but-not-cramped cocktail bar and restaurant. Where it’s located: 2123 E. Second St. Cleveland, at East Second Avenue and High Street, a short walk from Quicken Loans Arena, East Fourth Street, and JACK Casino Cleveland. When it’s open: 4 p.m. to close Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to close Tuesday through Friday; 4 p.m. to close Saturday and noon … Continue reading 2nd and High Social House in Cleveland is a low-key, off-the-beaten path spot

JAMMS Midnight Moon Saloon in Painesville Township offers good value

What: JAMMS Midnight Moon Saloon, a bar and grill with a prohibition theme. Where it’s located: 1808 North Ridge Road, on the south side of North Ridge Road (State Route 20), just east of Fairport Nursery Road in Painesville Township. When it’s open: 3 to midnight Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday; closed Monday. Why you should go: There … Continue reading JAMMS Midnight Moon Saloon in Painesville Township offers good value