A modern Mexican restaurant focusing on small plates, tamales, taquitos, bocadita and antojito, El Carnicero has received rave reviews since first opening. Established by local chef and restaurateur Eric Williams, also the proprietor of Momocho in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, El Carnicero offers a dining experience a cut above the standard Mexican fare with a cozy, stylish space decorated with offbeat artworks. This creates a vibrant ambience in which to enjoy a selection of upscale small bites like pork belly and pinto bean refritos, adobo braised wild boar tamales and slow-cooked duck leg confit taquitos accompanied by tequila and craft cocktails.
El Carnicero, 16918 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH, USA, +1 216 226 3415
Barroco is a lively South American grill specializing in Colombian inspired eats fused with other Latin American flavors. A casual-chic, eclectic space illuminated by twinkling string lights and featuring exposed brick walls painted with vibrant graffiti murals and a menu brimming with tempting dishes like shrimp ceviche and braised beef in sweet hogado sauce with black beans and white rice await diners. The real pull at Barroco are its arepas, grilled corn pockets filled with cheese and a variety of fillings like chorizo, buffalo chicken and grilled Angus hamburger.
Barroco, 12906 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH, USA, +1 216 221 8127
Known throughout Greater Cleveland for its tasty, scratch-made tacos and huge selection of tequila, whiskey and beers, Barrio is a casual, energetic venue currently enjoying a reputation as one of Lakewood’s best-loved Mexican joints. Guests can opt for a custom-made taco made entirely to their specifications with options that include corn or flour tortillas, fillings like house-made chorizo and sauces such as chipotle honey and fiery ghost pepper. If this doesn’t tempt the tastebuds, opt for one of executive chef Damon Ginnard’s taco suggestions like the Moooo-chas Gracias with braised beef, jicama, corn salsa, queso fresco and Barrio’s secret sauce, perfect washed down with a Barrio margarita.
Barrio, 15527 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH, USA, +1 216 226 7714
With its expert mix of classic Italian fare with modern American flavors, elegant décor and warm, welcoming ambience, it isn’t hard to see why Players on Madison is a local diner favorite. Guests can play it safe with thin crust Tuscan pizzas in flavors such as quatro formaggio or buffalo chicken or opt for one of executive chef Anthony Romano’s exquisite entrees like the lavender-glazed lamb chops with goat’s cheese risotto, roasted artichoke hearts, Portobello mushroom and port wine syrup. A number of wine dinners hosted by expert oenophiles are also held, while Players’ charming patio is a perfect spot for brunch on warmer weekends.
Players on Madison, 14523 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH, USA, +1 216 226 5200