12800 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland
It’s not exactly like 1939, but time passes slowly here. Just look at the mirrored wood bar and the fans twirling just below the tin ceiling. Read the menu: Monday is spaghetti and meatballs night, the seafood is fried, and Sanka is still on the beverage list. Academy Tavern does not specialize. It would not use the word “cuisine.” It’s open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner: steaks, omelettes and $5.75 burgers. The brown, leafy carpet and close-together tables make it feel warm and friendly, while the foreign currency taped up on the bar hints at a more worldly clientele than the casual décor implies. You’ve heard the term “comfort food” — this is a comfort restaurant.