Jason Noyes has a long history in fine dining, cooking at such notable places as Fahrenheit, Blue Pointe, and Salmon Dave's. The chef recently opened a little place of his own — but fine dining it is not. Big Daddy's Cheesesteaks (16804 Lorain Ave., 216-251-1000, bigdaddyscheesesteaks.com), located in the Kamm's Corners neighborhood, specializes in big, messy, and delicious sandwiches. The Cleveland ($6.50) features hot shaved sirloin, American cheese sauce, and sautéed onions, mushrooms, and peppers. It's served with a tub of homemade "Cuyahoga Brown" gravy for dipping. For an extra $3, Noyes will super-size the cheesesteak and toss in a fried egg, but why mess with perfection? If you're thinking this sounds like great drunk food, well, duh. "I live in the neighborhood," says Noyes, "and I was thinking What can I do to get people here after the bars? There was plenty of pizza, but no place to get a really good cheesesteak." The small diner-style eatery serves until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Indian restaurants rarely make a splash upon opening, and the new-found Indian Delight (5507 Detroit Ave., 216-651-4007, classicindianfood.com) is no different. Even in buzz-worthy Detroit Shoreway, this newcomer hardly made a sound when it first parted its doors two months back. But fans are starting to take notice, attracted by reliably consistent Indian fare. During the week, diners queue up at the lunch buffet, a standard offering of all-you-can-eat meat, vegetable, and bread dishes. Priced at $7.95 ($9.95 weekends), a recent lineup included veggie pakora, three chicken and four vegetarian dishes, plus fragrant basmati and buttery naan. None of the meals possessed much heat, but the chutneys helped. In addition to Indian-restaurant staples like chicken vindaloo and rogan josh, the menu boasts less common South Indian dishes like idli (steamed lentil patties) and dosa (rice crêpes).
Fat Head's Brewery (24581 Lorain Rd. in North Olmsted, 440-801-1001, fatheadscleveland.com) continues to rack up beer awards, adding Grand Champion of the Global Warming Open to its recent win at the National IPA Championship. Until now, those winning brews — Bumbleberry Blueberry Ale and Headhunter IPA — have been available only at the restaurant. A pending partnership with a distribution company means that bottles might soon begin appearing at area bars and restaurants, says brewer Matt Cole.