40 essential suburban Cleveland restaurants you should have tried by now

The ‘burbs. Yeah, the suburbs are more than cookie-cutter commercial developments with Cheesecake Factories and Paneras. In fact, suburban Cleveland has some of the best restaurants around and offers almost any type of cuisine you could want. Where should you dine? These squares.

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    Flour 34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills Is it just us or does Flour get better with time?  We've been fans of the Italian restaurant since the beginning, lured to the suburbs by the deft four hands of Paul Minnillo and Matt Mytro.  This tagliatelle team has put the panache back into pasta, elevating the genre from a reliable gut-buster to captivating and elegant cuisine.  Perfect pairings of noodles and sauce, like rigatoni with lamb neck sauce, are memorable down to the very last bite.

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Plain flour

34205 Chagrin Blvd, Moreland Hills

Is it just us or does Flour get better with time? We’ve been fans of the Italian restaurant since the beginning, lured to the suburbs by the deft four hands of Paul Minnillo and Matt Mytro. This tagliatelle team has put the panache back into pasta, elevating the genre from a reliable gut-buster to captivating and elegant cuisine. Perfect pairings of noodles and sauce, like rigatoni with lamb neck sauce, are memorable down to the very last bite.

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Seoul Garden

5270 Pearl Rd., Parma

Adventure is the name of the game at Seoul Garden, the area’s top Korean restaurant (despite less-than-glamorous digs) for nearly a decade. At this Parma institution, small groups huddle around bubbling pots of “jungol,” hearty stews ranging from spicy seafood to “Army Base,” so named for the inclusion of American spam. Other tables feature griddles for cooking Korean barbecue dishes like thinly sliced ​​pork belly and beef brisket, which are wrapped in lettuce leaves, topped with red chili paste and kimchi , and eaten by hand. For the uninitiated, bibimbap is an excellent starting point. Served in a hot stone bowl, this mixture of steamed rice, shredded vegetables, ground beef and egg is a Korean comfort food.

    Aldo's 8459 Memphis Ave., Cleveland This place is so old school they don't even have a website.  But that's okay, because the food is so good.  This hidden gem, which only has about 12 tables in total, is located in Old Brooklyn.  Start with hot peppers and calamari and finish with linguine.

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8459 Memphis Ave, Cleveland

This place is so old school they don’t even have a website. But that’s okay, because the food is so good. This hidden gem, which only has about 12 tables in total, is located in Old Brooklyn. Start with hot peppers and calamari and finish with linguini.

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Anatolia Coffee

2270 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Part Greek, part Middle Eastern, and perhaps even slightly North Indian, the names, ingredients, and flavor notes of authentic Anatolian Turkish cuisine will strike familiar chords for veteran table travelers. Must-try dishes include the elegant and smoky baba ghannouj and the lamb and beef doner kebab.

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Edwin Leadership and Restoration Institute

13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland

In 2013, Brandon Chrostowski opened Edwins Leadership and Restaurant in Shaker Square. Not only is the French bistro one of the best restaurants in town, but it’s also a non-profit organization that hires and trains convicted felons to work in their restaurant. Chrostowski launched Edwins with the belief that “every human being, regardless of their past, is entitled to a just and equal future.” Everything on the menu is superb, but we are big fans of the burger which is prepared at the table, and the duck is also delectable.

    Deagan's Kitchen and Bar 14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood Deagan's has some of the best burgers in town, their fries are on point, and almost everything on the menu is shareable.  So if you're one of those people who can never decide what to order, go to Deagan's with friends, order all the appetizers and small plates, and you can sample most of the menu.  Corn fritters and buttermilk fried chicken skins are some of our favorites.

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Deagan’s kitchen and bar

14810 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

Deagan’s has some of the best burgers in town, their fries are on point, and almost everything on the menu is shareable. So if you’re one of those people who can never decide what to order, go to Deagan’s with friends, order all the appetizers and small plates, and you can sample most of the menu. Corn fritters and buttermilk fried chicken skins are some of our favorites.

    Giovanni's Ristorante 25550 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood One of the last great ladies of the region's fine dining scene, this elegant Italian restaurant offers impeccable appointments, attentive service and a luxurious menu of steaks, veal chops, seafood sea ​​and pasta.  Yes, it is expensive.  But the chance to put on a costume and feel like an adult and have pasta made at the table?  Invaluable.  Bolognese is a must.

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John’s Restaurant

25550, boul. Sorrow, Beachwood

One of the last great ladies of the region’s dining scene, this elegant Italian restaurant offers impeccable appointments, attentive service and a luxurious menu of steaks, veal chops, seafood and pastas. Yes, it is expensive. But the chance to put on a costume and feel like an adult and have pasta made at the table? Invaluable. Bolognese is a must.

India Garden 18405 Detroit Ave., Lakewood India Garden is simply traditional Indian cuisine with all the basics and everything is delicious.  We love sauce-heavy dishes like tikka masala and vindaloo with whatever meat you prefer, but they're all delicious.  They also have a lunch buffet every afternoon - be careful though - we're not sure you can get back to work afterwards!

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garden of india

18405 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

India Garden is simply traditional Indian food with all the basics and everything is delicious. We love sauce-heavy dishes like tikka masala and vindaloo with whatever meat you prefer, but they’re all delicious. They also have a lunch buffet every afternoon – be careful though – we’re not sure you can get back to work afterwards!

    Chez François 555 Main Street, Vermilion Nestled on the banks of the Vermilion River, this quaint French restaurant reminds us why we may never need to visit France.  Or why we need it.  `Although it is a short hike up to Vermilion, it is restaurant and views at its best and well worth the trip.

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Francois’s house

555 Main Street, Vermilion

Nestled on the banks of the Vermilion River, this quaint French restaurant reminds us why we may never need to visit France. Or why we need it. `Although it is a short hike up to Vermilion, it is restaurant and views at its best and well worth the trip.

    Geraci's Restaurant 2266 Warrensville Center Rd., University Heights, 29425 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike and 6687 Wilson Mills Blvd., Mayfield Village This mom and pop Italian restaurant that has been a family business for over 60 years, opened in 1956 . .  Now you can try their delicious offerings at three locations, one in Pepper Pike and one in Mayfield Heights in addition to their original home in University Heights.

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Geraci’s Restaurant

2266 Warrensville Center Rd., University Heights, 29425 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike and 6687 Wilson Mills Blvd., Mayfield Village

The thick pepperoni (we recommend ordering double pepperoni) on their pizzas are the star of the show at this mom and pop Italian restaurant that’s been family-owned for over 60 years and opened in 1956. Don’t let this will stop you from exploring the rest of the traditional Italian menu, with other must-haves like spaghetti and homemade meat sauce and eggplant parmesan. Now you can try their delicious offerings at three locations, one in Pepper Pike and one in Mayfield Heights in addition to their original home in University Heights.

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