There’s a lot of history inside the walls of this 80-year-old bar and restaurant in Fairview Park. What was once a grocery store and then a speakeasy is now run by three childhood best friends who have overhauled the menu, added a brick patio and brought in a new set of customers to Lorain Road and West 215th Street. If you’re not stopping in for its stellar Sunday brunch of steak and eggs ($11.99) and creme brulee French toast ($8.29), be sure to add this spot to your after-work drinks rotation. Here you’ll find a list of comfort food dishes and bar snacks such as the jalapeno poppers ($6.29) and beer cheese fondue ($5.99) that pair well with its local craft beers and inventive cocktails. If you’re craving a juicy burger, go for the Mama Mia ($9.29) topped with a fried mozzarella plank, marinara sauce and fresh basil. Or opt for a heftier dose of nostalgia with the fried baloney sandwich ($8.29). Served with Texas toast, a thick-cut baloney steak layered with American cheese, tangy shaved dill pickle, spicy brown mustard and onion straws is the adult version of our lunchtime favorite.
When You Go
21490 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 440-331-5719, gunselmans.com