Best Restaurant


If your idea of "Cleveland cuisine" is a fried bologna sandwich wolfed down in a crowded beer joint, it's time to broaden your horizons. Try a trip to Lola, award-winning chef Michael Symon's hip downtown restaurant, where hometown faves -- pierogi, spaetzle, short ribs, and yes, even that fried bologna sandwich -- get an extreme makeover, foodie-style. Call it "modern Midwestern" cuisine or simply "damn fine grub." But in combination with the restaurant's dark, edgy interior, determinedly urban setting, and down-to-earth groove, the food positions Lola as the essential Cleveland restaurant: smart but unpretentious, artful but approachable, and a welcome reminder that even here in the Rust Belt, brilliance abounds.