Cleveland April 17, 2017
8 Mom & Pop Restaurants In Cleveland That Serve Home Cooked Meals To Die For
While fast food and five-star restaurants both have their place in the Cleveland dining scene, there is a certain breed of eatery that is special in its own right. A good mom and pop restaurant might not be the fanciest spot in town, but the food and atmosphere has a unique charm and homemade feel that simply can’t be found anywhere else.
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1. Big Al's Diner (12600 Larchmere Blvd)
Big Al's has a simple goal: to bring you the most mouthwatering classic American breakfast, lunch, and dinner anywhere in Cleveland. While it's not much to look at from the outside, one bite will make you a believer in Big Al.
2. The Red Chimney (6501 Fleet Ave)
The Red Chimney has a look, feel, and taste that will bring you back to your favorite small town neighborhood restaurant growing up, but it's located in the heart of the Forest City. Diner classics like liver and onions shine at this incredible family-friendly eatery.
3. Sokolowski's University Inn (1201 University Rd)
This University Circle institution has been serving hungry college kids, families, and casual diners for decades, and one taste of its incredible diner-inspired menu will make it easy to see why it's lasted so long.
4. Doc And Lennie's (8933 Cedar Ave)
Doc And Lennie's offers some of the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi, all in a simple, inviting environment that recalls the best tarpaper rib shacks of the Deep South. Each plate has been honed and improved over years of careful culinary refinement, resulting in succulent barbecue that won't break the bank, either.
5. Steve's Family Restaurant (4457 Broadview Rd)
Steve's is a traditional American diner that serves up meals so decadent and satisfying you'll swear they were cooked at home. Diner comfort foods like chicken-fried steak and bulging breakfast platters have never tasted better.
6. Luca Italian Cuisine (2100 Superior Viaduct)
Luca takes the time-honored traditions of Italian cooking and presents them in an unforgettable yet unassuming eatery. Every dish tastes just like an authentic meal from the Old Country, and the view of the historic Flats offered by the open-air atmosphere and wide windows gives you dinner with a view you won't soon forget.
7. Sainato's (1852 Columbus Rd)
Sainato's is a beloved neighborhood pizza parlor that has served up decadent pies and fantastic traditional pizza shop sides for decades. When all you crave is the best slice in Cleveland in a friendly, inviting family-style environment, look no further than Sainato's.
8. Flying Cranes Cafe (13006 Larchmere Blvd)
This one-of-a-kind noodle shop and cafe blends European design and classic Italian-style hot coffee and tea with some of the best Asian noodle bowls you'll find anywhere in the Forest City. There's nothing fancy about the fare here, but you'll feel more than a little international when you're washing down your delicious pho with a tall, foamy latte.
Are there any other incredible mom and pop restaurants that we didn’t mention? Tell us about it in the comments.