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Lakewood is home to local shops, restaurants and businesses. Men’s Cuts is a proud member of the Lakewood business community and are proud to support other local businesses. Lakewood is home to great restaurants. Trip Advisor recently listed their top Lakewood restaurants, which everything from Pier W to Barrio to Melt.
The holidays are usually a very busy time for restaurants in the Cleveland area. Families and friends gather at local places for holiday meals. There have been a few new Lakewood restaurants that have opened or have since we did a spotlight on a few Lakewood restaurants earlier in the year. These places in Lakewood are great places to go for holiday gatherings and throughout the year.
Last time we shared information on three local places: The Proper Pig, Chow Chow and Sarita. This time we are shining the spotlight on Salt, Yuzu and Roxu.
Salt, located at 17621 Detroit Ave, opened in late summer. The restaurant is owned and operated by chef Jill Vedaa, who has cooked at Bohemia, Lola, Flying Fig, Rockefeller’s and Black Pig. The space, which was the former Pug Mahone’s, will hold up to 75 guests. There is a small bar and lounge which could hold up to 25 people and a larger dining room which will have tables for 50 people.
Chef Vedaa’s menu consists of seasonal small plates which incorporate more than one item. The menu is divided into three separate categories: vegetables, fish and meat with five to seven items in each category. The small plate allows for tasting a variety of the dishes that the chef and her team prepares. Servers and Chef Vedaa will spend time with diners explaining the menu offerings. The small plate style encourages sharing and trying different food on the menu. The items on the menu are priced between $5 and $13, which allows for ordering more throughout the meal if you so desire. Salt is open for dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, closed on Tuesday and only open on Sundays for brunch.
Lakewood restaurants offer a diverse style in foods from Mexican to Asian Fusion. Yuzu opened during early summer at 13603 Madison Ave. The restaurant is focused on Izakaya inspired food. Izakaya is an informal Japanese gastropub. Yuzu’s menu focuses on small plates to rice bowls to skewers. The concept of the restaurant is an approachable neighborhood bar with global comfort foods. The bar hosts fun events, pop culture themed parties and specials nearly every night of the week. Find out what is going on via their Facebook page. During the summer months, check out Yuzu’s patio.
The menu is centered around yakitori, Japanese-style skewered meats, which are marinated, grilled and sauced. The flavors vary from mild to quite hot depending on your taste. The rice bowls mix meat, veggies and short grain white rice with a “kick” of flavor including curry and Japanese flavors. Since the menu focuses on smaller plates, the prices are also affordable allowing for trying a variety of items on the menu. The bar has a wide variety of craft and specialty cocktails. Yuzu is open Monday through Saturday 12pm to 2am and closed on Sundays.
Roxu opened in September 2015 by Christoff Short and his wife, Kimberly Novotny at 15607 Madison Ave. The space covers three storefronts which used to be a hair studio, hockey shop and attorney’s office into a 3,000-square foot modern and open space. The menu is a mixture of different types of Asian Fusion with Japanese, Korean and Thai influences. The restaurant is known for their variety of steam buns (pork belly to tofu to duck) noodle bowls and fried rice all at reasonable prices.
The restaurant has a full-feature bar with green teas, sake and Asian-themed cocktails featuring blood oranges, ginger and lavender and other seasonal items. The restaurant has happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm featuring some of their steam buns. Put your business card in a bowl and you could win a happy hour with discounted drink and food for up to 10 of your friends. The restaurant has specials every night during the week and hosts special events such as open mike nights and fashion shows. Roxu is a two-star green certified restaurant meaning they recycle and compost and buy from local growers.
Support Your Local Restaurants Year Round
The winter is usually a slow time for restaurants in the Cleveland area. That is why there are many “Restaurant Weeks” from January through March in the area to help promote the great food and atmosphere. The restaurant weeks will focus on a certain city or area. For example, a very popular one is the downtown Cleveland restaurant week at the end of February. The restaurants will have a set menu, so new patrons can discover their best dishes. The set menu usually includes an appetizer (or salad, soup), main entrée and a dessert. Drinks are not included in the set price. Some restaurants also offer two course set price menus for lunch.
There are so many great restaurants and pubs in Lakewood to explore. Share your favorite place to eat with your stylists at Men’s Cuts and it could be featured in a future blog post.