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The tastiest bites around town

November 15th, 2012

It’s not always easy for college students to eat great food. Yet, there are many great options that surround us in the city of University Heights. Whether you’re looking for a night on the town, a nice quiet dinner with your parents or just a unique dining experience, you can find it right in John Carroll’s backyard. With the shuttles to take you there and prices that won’t add to your student loans, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. University Heights and its surrounding cities have a great deal to offer a well-researched food connoisseur, and here are just a few of the many dining options available to John Carroll students.

The best place for foreign cuisine…

Wasabi Steakhouse

3725 Orange Place

Beachwood, OH 44122

Wasabi Steakhouse is a high-end Japanese steakhouse that will rock your taste buds and is easy on the budget, located in Beachwood.  This option provides great food and an inviting ambiance for all diners. As freshman Mitch Dinopoulos said, “Simply, it’s all in the sauce!”

The best place for late-night snacking..

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill

14020 Cedar Road

University Heights, OH 44118

This is a simple, family-friendly restaurant that is close to campus and has half-price appetizers starting after 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 p.m. on weekends, making it an affordable option for any college student’s budget.  There is generally no wait for seating, and the food is hearty, with a great deal of variety available. According to freshman Scott Soethe, “It’s nice to have such an affordable option so close that’s open late when I’m hungry after studying or an event at night and don’t have anything in my dorm room to make.”

The best place to go with parents..

Trattoria Roman Garden

12207 Mayfield Road

Cleveland, OH 44106

Located in Little Italy, this restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and an interesting, more local place to eat, different from the chains your family might be accustomed to. With a friendly staff, Trattoria provides high-class service, but reservations are suggested.  Though this option is a little more expensive, it is unique and authentic, making the more expensive price tag worth it.

The best place to go with friends…

Melt Bar and Grilled

13463 Cedar Rd, University Heights, OH 44118

This restaurant-bar is close by and offers a lively and fun atmosphere. Additionally, with the “make your own sandwich” option, a person is always sure to find something delicious. There are also fun seasonal specials like Bread Pudding, the new Bomb Turkey Thanksgiving sandwich and Hot Cranberry Apple Cider for those who are over 21. The restaurant is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. during the week. However, the bar is open until 2 a.m. every day.

The best all-around dining experience…

Sterle’s Country House

1401 East 55th Street Cleveland, OH 44103

A cultural and unforgettable dining experience that will leave you with fond memories and a full stomach, Sterle’s is definitely the place to be! Its traditional food, polka dancing and tip-top service make this restaurant top notch. “First of all, it’s a Slovenian/German restaurant, and that’s my favorite kind of food,” said freshman Julia Bittner. “And then I like it because of the family style portions. They play polka music, and the waitresses dress in traditional outfits, making it a fun night for everyone!”

The best place for brunch…

Bob Evans

3700 Orange Place

Beachwood, OH 44122

Looking for the perfect place for a nice cup of coffee and a delectable meal on a Sunday morning? Bob Evans is the place for you. “For a Sunday brunch I would have to say the best and closest place is Bob Evans. I can’t think of very many places I would take my mom or girlfriend but Bob Evans because it has good deals on their food,” said sophomore Chris Casey. Located right around the corner, this restaurant has become a campus favorite and is highly affordable!