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Tremont

When it comes to eats, Tremont's got range. From five-star sushi to five-napkin burgers, this historic food burg has all bases covered.

Not many record shops roast their own coffee beans in-house, but LOOP (2180 W 11th St., 216-298-5096) is anything but typical. This quirky, independent, art-driven coffee shop is a great place to ease into the day. Sip coffee, peruse the new and used vinyl, and nibble on a muffin in a cocoon of serenity.

Crust (1020 Kenilworth Ave., 216-583-0257, crusttremont.com) is rightly known for its hand-tossed pizzas, which are sold whole and by the slice. But it's the subs – built with just the right ratio of filling to fresh-baked bread – that keep us coming back for lunch. We're partial to the Eggplant Parm, with breaded eggplant, provolone and marinara.

Visit Press Wine Bar (2221 Professor Ave., 216-566-9463, presswinebar.com) during happy hour to sample wine on tap, if you have yet to do so. This lively wine bar usually has a nice little selection of reds and whites by the glass on tap, which stays fresh until the very end of the keg. Order some crispy calamari or some charcuterie if you're hungry.

If you like sushi and have not yet dined at Ginko (2247 Professor Ave., 216-274-1202, restaurantdante.us), it goes without saying that you don't know what you're missing. So we'll tell you: simply the finest sushi in town. Sit down for dinner and order the omakase tasting, which will unleash an avalanche of brilliance.

For at least 60 years, the Rowley Inn (1104 Rowley Ave., 216-795-5345, rowleyinn.com) has been buried deep in a working-class neighborhood, just a short sled ride from the Christmas Story House. It's a great place to go for an after-dinner brew and escape the "typical" Tremont crowds.

Lakewood

In recent years, Lakewood has managed to progress from a city of pubs to a bona fide dining destination. Eating one's way through this part of town never tasted better.

Take in the fresh morning aromas of Blackbird Bakery (1391 Sloane Ave., 216-712-6599, blackbirdbaking.com) while picking up hot coffee and sweet pastries like airy almond croissants made from scratch daily. While you're there, grab a loaf of their rosemary focaccia to enjoy later.

We recommend bypassing basic breakfast options in favor of the well-crafted Tex-Mex inspirations at Borderline Café (18510 Detroit Ave., 216-529-1949). But even for the traditionalist, this locally celebrated diner serves up a fine stack of hotcakes.

Meet a friend for lunch at the upbeat and curiously named Jammy Buggars (15625 Detroit Ave., 216-767-5922, jammybuggars.com). Creative revamps of uncomplicated but fun classics like the Caprese-based sandwich The Ex make for a something-for-everyone dining environment. An added bonus: a surprisingly crisp craft beer menu.

Swing by El Carnicero (16918 Detroit Ave., 216-226-3415, elcarnicerolakewood.com) for happy hour and add a little fuel to your 5 o'clock fire. Bring a group to best enjoy the full lineup of tacos and tamales filled with everything from wild boar to brisket while sipping on margaritas that blend sugar and spice and everything nice.

Don't get lost in the sea of burgers and bar food come dinner time. Treat yourself to the hearty, satisfying fare at Eddie Cerino's Casual Italian (14725 Detroit Ave., 440-799-4554, eddiecerinos.com), where modern takes on classic Italian dishes are delicious, approachable and affordable.

Downtown

These are heady times for downtown dining. After a few stagnant years, when East Fourth Street was the only exciting food game in town, center-city dining is back and better than ever.

Because there are few better lunch options than a steamy bowl of pho, downtown diners rejoiced when Pho Thang Café (815 Superior Ave. E., 216-291-7115), a new Vietnamese joint, opened in the Superior Building. The menu offers the usual lineup of appetizers, vermicelli dishes and rice plates, but the pho here is brilliant.

Every day is Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Cleveland (1550 Chester Ave., 216-621-2337, hofbrauhauscleveland.com), making it the natural meeting place for a post-work gathering. When everybody is drinking German beer by the liter, things can (and do) get a little rowdy. Keep your belly full with a steady diet of huge Bavarian pretzels.

Keeping the beer theme going, move the dinner party to Butcher and the Brewer (2043 E. Fourth St., 216-331-0805, butcherandthebrewer.com), downtown's second-newest brewery. This urban beer hall is loud, the beer is good, and the food wide-ranging enough to satisfy the whole group. We're partial to the bacon-wrapped dates, pork rilletes, and smoked lamb ribs.

Built by bankers, Cleveland has no shortage of historic spaces that once stashed cash. Some you can even drink in, like the brand new Vault (2017 E. 9th St., 216-239-1200, metropolitancleveland.com), buried beneath the glitzy new Metropolitan at the 9 complex. After-dinner drinks here are of the pre-prohibition style, served up in a turn-of-the-century setting with jaw-dropping appeal.

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