The Cleveland metro area is only getting bigger and better as time goes on. As a longstanding sports mecca, the area has always been a popular travel spot. In more recent years, though, Cleveland and Akron have grown and become favored destinations for food travel. Many people even say it’s home to some of the best restaurants in the country, and we don’t doubt it for a second.
Embark on a food tour through Cleveland and Akron with our ultimate foodie guide and experience local flavors, urban settings, and dishes you won’t soon forget.
Named The Best New Restaurant in Cleveland in 2018, Astoria Cafe is a unique cafe, bar, and market featuring the perfect combination of traditional Mediterranean dishes with exciting new flavors. The restaurant draws from its Queens, New York roots (an area known for its large Greek population) and Chef Cory Kobrinski and his team offer brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as carry out options. No matter what time of day you eat at Astoria, you’re sure to enjoy your meal!
Lola Bistro, the hip wine bar opened by Iron Chef champion Michael Symon, is hands down one of the best places to eat in Cleveland. Perfect for a foodie date night, Lola has just the right amount of class. Symon adds his own modern touches to high end classics, such as the beef cheek pierogi and the deep-fried bone marrow. Sound like a worthy stop on your Cleveland food tour? Diners will quickly see that there’s much more where that came from.
Ohio City Burrito
Although Ohio City Burrito just recently opened their new downtown Cleveland location, this hotspot has been dishing up satisfying Mexican food in two other nearby locations for years. Best known for its Mission-style burritos, it’s hard to go wrong at this stop on your Cleveland food tour with such affordable and classically delicious eats. If you’re in search of the best food in Cleveland, countless locals will tell you that this is their favorite burrito spot in town.
Featuring an extensive Vietnamese menu, Superior Pho was actually the very first pho house to call Cleveland home. Although the name comes from their location on Superior Avenue, it is also an accurate description for the cuisine itself. The trailblazer is consistently named one of the Best Pho Restaurants in Cleveland and offers a variety of other delicious options like Banh Mi sandwiches and much more.
Taqueria La Loma
Taqueria La Loma is nothing fancy, but this hole-in-the-wall delivers some of the best Mexican food in Akron. Classics include tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and many other choices and with over 200 four and a half star reviews, it’s no surprise that guests keep coming back to try everything on the menu!
If you’re looking for both delicious food and a beautiful backdrop, Heck’s Cafe is the place to go. The cafe is located in a 120 year old townhouse in the heart of Ohio City and guests love the historical feel that Heck’s Cafe emits. The menu features a variety of options, including top-notch gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, and hearty pasta dishes. Their fresh and locally sourced menu has something for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Dining at Heck’s Cafe is a full experience with some of the best food in Cleveland.
Eat, drink, Crave! Crave is Akron’s go-to pick for “slightly eccentric, surprisingly down-to-Earth, and mostly delicious” cuisine. The menu is designed to help guests build the ultimate four-course meal, with starters like Baked Goat Cheese or Steak Skewers, salads like the beautiful Roasted Red & Yellow Beet Salad, main courses like Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, and delectable desserts like Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough-Stuffed French Toast. If you can’t already tell, Crave has anything you’re, well, craving!
Crop Bistro & Bar
Crop Bistro & Bar has won countless dining awards throughout the years and is a must-try if you are doing a food tour in Cleveland. Not only is this critically-acclaimed bistro one of the best places to eat in Cleveland, it has also been named one of the best in the entire country and is one of the most famous restaurants in the city for a reason. Check out their extensive wine list, seasonal ingredients, and high-quality dishes today.
Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill
Thank Cleveland’s hometown favorite, Bernie Kosar, for the juiciest steaks and chops and freshest seafood in the Cleveland and Akron area. Cooked to perfection on Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill, the taste is truly out of this world. And the food isn’t all. The whole restaurant is also decorated with authentic Bernie Kosar memorabilia, taken from his own personal collection. Plus, you can catch the game on the many big-screen TVs.
Cleveland is home to so many restaurants that even the most discerning of foodies find outstanding. If you’re interested in trying the best food in Cleveland, visit any and all of the locations listed above for a dining experience you won’t soon forget.