Top 20 Most Popular Restaurants In Lakewood 2023

Last Updated on January 13, 2023

Popular Restaurants In Lakewood

As a historic suburb of Cleveland, Lakewood has many attractions that will fascinate you. This suburban city is home to beautiful parks, scenic river views, and historical sites that remain popular tourist attractions today. Also, as you may know, Lakewood is one of the best neighborhoods for foodies in Northeast Ohio.

Here are some of the places that you definitely shouldn’t miss. From barbecue to vegan to burgers to Mexican and Indian, Lakewood has it all.

Top 20 Most Popular Restaurants In Lakewood

1. Borderline Cafe

18508 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Nothing but breakfast served sunny side up Wednesday through Sunday at this popular West End café. Huge stuffed omelets, chewy buttermilk pancakes, and breakfast burritos are freshly prepared and restorative in nature. Don’t be put off by the line out the door; it just proves that people have good taste.

2. Forage Public House

14600 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Forage Public House focuses on 100% sustainable, locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients and they do it deliciously. The ‘Ohio Pork Schnitzel’ from Chardon’s New Creation Farms and the ‘Best BLT Ever’ featuring pork belly from pigs raised in Delaware, Ohio are two of our favorite menu items.

3. El Carnicero

16918 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Chef Eric Williams, of Momocho and Happy Dog, opened this Mexican joint back in 2013 to expand on the Mexican taste that he mastered at Momocho. El Carnicero is a step-down in price from Momocho, but not in quality. Tamales and taquitos are the staples of the menu here.

4. Thai Thai

13735 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Few restaurants have made as big of a splash as Thai Thai, the tiny Lakewood eatery beloved for its flavorful, fiery Bangkok-style street foods. From the day it opened in 2016, this pared-down eatery excelled by focusing on a handful of Thai classics and knocking each and every one of them out of the park.

5. Cleveland Vegan

17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Cleveland Vegan has one of, if not the most extensive vegan menu in town. ‘S’more French Toast’, ‘Creamy Shiitake Benedict’ and the ‘Buffalo Cauliflower Dip’ are three items that really make our mouths water. The baked goods really delicious too.

7. The Proper Pig

17100 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Barbeque has taken over Cleveland in the last few years and the Proper Pig really stands out amongst the different smoked options in town. From their meats by the half pound, to their ‘Texas-sized’ sandwiches to their bacon on a stick, you really can’t go wrong. Finish it all off with some banana pudding with Nilla Wafers if you still have room for dessert.

8. Bar Italia

15625 Detroit Ave., Lakewoo

Rick Doody, restaurateur behind such concepts as Cedar Creek Grille, 17 River Grille and Lindey’s Lake House, changed his Lindey’s Lake House concept in Lakewood to Bar Italia in early 2021. Drawing on his roots as co-founder of Bravo and Brio restaurants, Doody converted the format at his two-year-old Lakewood eatery, Lindey’s Lake House, to Italian, starring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. Bar Italia uses fresh pasta from Flour Pasta Company, fresh-baked breads from On the Rise and made-from-scratch sauces crafted with high-quality meats.

9. Dinerbar on Clifton

11801 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood

Loyal fans of the original Diner on Clifton, which operated for 17 years just 160 meters away from the new Dinerbar on Clifton, will quickly observe how much has changed. But they will also appreciate how much has stayed the same. They’re packing them in on weekends for brunch, thanks to full bar service and reliable breakfast fare served all day. Well-made corned beef hash is delicious any time, especially when it features fat and salty chunks of meat, tender potatoes and sweet sauteed onions beneath a roof of over-easy eggs. The dish is joined by a handful of other egg dishes that can be ordered clear up till close. Items such as French toast, pancakes and eggs Benedict are reserved for mornings and weekend brunch only and all hit the spot.

10. Tost Sandwiches

13427 Madison Ave., Lakewood

After more than a year of delays, Tost Sandwich Cafe finally opened in 2021. The cafe boasts some of the best sandwiches around. The panini-pressed sandwiches are similar to small cafes you’ll find around Europe.

11. Ferris Shwarma

13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood

Their website says they have “the most awesome shwarma in Cleveland.” Who are we to argue? This menu is very straightforward with only a few options but when you do something so well, no need to mess with what is working.

12. Humble Wine Bar

15400 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

This place really has everything you look for in a wine bar. They have a delicious, eclectic selection of wine, great small plates, and a wonderful cheese selection. The delicious Neapolitan style pizzas are what really makes this place stand out.

13. Barroco Grill

12906 Madison Ave., Lakewood

If you’ve never had an arepa before, you need to head to Barocco ASAP. Arepas, which hail from Colombia and Venezuela, are grilled white tortilla’s stuffed with a variety of ingredients. The ‘La Gringa’, stuffed with braised beef, feta cheese, avocado, chimichurri, greens and mozzarella, and the ‘Buffalo Chicken’ arepa are two of our absolute favorites. Barrocco also has fantastic live Latin music three nights a week.

14. Lakewood Truck Park

16900 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Five years in the making, Lakewood Truck Park finally opened last summer, just in time to take advantage of alfresco social-distance partying. The 12,000-square-foot property features two bars, a rotating selection of food trucks and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Fun events like yoga, cornhole tourneys and Tiki Tuesday with live steel-drum music keep the vibe lively and beverages flowing.

16. Hako

13603 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Sapporo Sushi has been a downtown mainstay for 15 years. The small shop on the alleyway, beloved for its sushi, sashimi, rolls, noodle bowls and teriyaki dishes, rolled down the shutters for good in 2020. They relocated to Lakewood and changed the name to Hako. The space formerly was home to Kim’s Aji Noodle Bar and, before that, Yuzu. In addition to nigiri sushi, sashimi and dozens of traditional and eclectic rolls, the menu features “pan sushi.” Popular in Hawaii, pan sushi is a more carefree style of sushi that features layers of rice, fish, roe and sauces, which are pressed and then cut into tidy squares.

17. LBM Bar

12301 Madison Ave., Lakewood

To jump into our favorite bars after only being opened only a couple years says something about how much we love LBM. Located in Lakewood, this spot initially opened as a bar, but don’t sleep on their food offerings.

18. Melt Bar and Grilled

14718 Detroit Rd., Lakewood

If you haven’t had a grilled cheese at Melt yet, then I’m not sure you can be considered a real Clevelander anymore. They now have 14 locations around Ohio including at Progressive Field and Cedar Point. But the original was right here, in downtown Lakewood so head here to try one of Melt’s renowned overstuffed grilled cheese sandwiches.

19. India Garden

18405 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

India Garden is simply traditional Indian food with all the staples and it’s all delicious. We love the sauce heavy dishes like tikka masala and vindaloo with whatever meat you prefer but they’re all delicious. They also have a lunch buffet every afternoon – be careful though – we’re not sure you’ll be able to get back to work after!

20. Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar

14810 Detroit Ave.,

Lakewood Deagan’s has some of the best burgers in town, their fries are on point and almost everything on the menu is shareable. So if you’re one of those people that can never decide what to order, head to Deagan’s with some friends, order all the appetizers and small plates, and you get to sample most of the menu. The corn fritters and buttermilk fried chicken skins are some of our favorites.

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