Kitchen Makeovers: Neighborhood Watch

Here's a refresher on how these dining destinations came to be.

/ Ohio City /

THE NEWBIE // TownHall

While you may come here for its extensive beer list, you will stay for its innovative vegan and gluten-free options that fill the menu.

THE GAME CHANGER // Market Garden Brewery

Sam McNulty proves that he's the city•s beer kingpin with the opening of his third venue on West 25th Street — this one focused on making really good brews.

THE HIDDEN GEM // Touch Supper Club

You might have to walk a tad to get here, but it's worth it for its great happy hour specials, live music scene and amazing weekend brunch.

THE PIONEER // Great Lakes Brewing Co.

More than 25 years ago, brothers Pat and Dan Conway crafted a space for beer and food — and we can't imagine our lives without Dortmunder and Christmas Ale.

/ Tremont /


With two other Dante Boccuzzi-owned restaurants to its right, this casual spot offers up wood-fired pizzas for lunch and hearty brunch on weekends.


It wasn't long after Michael Symon opened Lola down the street that Rocco Whalen followed suit in 2002 with his eclectic American restaurant.


Come here for cheap tacos, inventive margaritas and a never-ending supply of great chips and salsa. Stay for the cozy patio that overlooks Literary Road.


When Michael Symon opened this spot as Lola in 1997, it helped turn the area into a culinary destination. Though he renamed it Lolita in 2006, Mediterranean favorites such as the macaroni with chicken, goat cheese and rosemary remained.

/ East Fourth Street /

THE NEWBIE // Red, the Steakhouse

Prime steaks and a prime location go hand in hand at this steakhouse's second Northeast Ohio location, which also serves fresh seafood and more than 15 sides.

THE GAME CHANGER // The Greenhouse Tavern

This eco-friendly restaurant led by bearded, elfinlike chef and mastermind Jonathon Sawyer has been hopping with hipsters and foodies alike since 2009.


Don't overlook this Vietnamese restaurant, tucked next to Erie Island Coffee Co., with plenty of authentic dishes such as charbroiled pork bún and crispy spring rolls.


If Michael Symon is the Big Bang of our dining scene, the ultra-hip Lola with its gourmet bistro menu has been the sun at the center of the East Fourth dining scene since 2006.

/ Shaker Square /

THE NEWBIE // Edwins Restaurant

Part rehabilitation program, part French-inspired restaurant, this spot offers an extensive wine list and gourmet food prepared and served by former felons.

THE GAME CHANGER // Fire Food and Drink

Douglas Katz is among the trailblazers of the local food movement, but he still manages to bring a worldly flair to this white-tablecloth restaurant he opened in 2001.


Next to Shaker Square Cinemas, the intimate, modern design of Scott Kim's Asian-inspired restaurant is a great place to dine on sushi after a date-night flick.

THE PIONEER // Balaton

An East Side staple for 50 years, this restaurant — which moved here in 1998 — is big on Old World charm and Hungarian comfort food, such as paprikash and schnitzel.

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