5 Great Places to Eat Out with the Family in Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls is a wonderful place to live and work for many reasons. The people, the scenery, the arts and culture. It’s a true hidden gem.

That extends to our food scene, too. Chagrin Falls has some fantastic restaurants. We’ve picked five great spots to eat out below, but know that this is only scratching the surface. Chagrin Falls is FULL of great places to eat, so if you have suggestions, let us know in the Facebook comments. We may mention them in a future article.

For now, here are five places to check out:

Aurelia - Honest Food & Drink

15 N. Main Street

This farm-to-table restaurant has great drinks, a welcoming atmosphere, and fantastic food made by a master of his craft. The menu tends to be short, limited to a few key dishes based on what local goods are available. That means each dish has been carefully selected. The menu changes, so there is always good reason to go back and try new things, too.

FlipSide

44 N. Main Street

Sometimes all you want is a good burger. When you have the craving, FlipSide should be on your short list of places to visit. They exist to make burgers, and they do them as good as anyone else out there. Lots of offbeat options to mix things up, as well as good old fashioned traditional burgers and cheeseburgers. Well worth a visit!

Crumb & Spigot

16783 Chillicothe Rd

Disregard the fact that it’s in a strip mall. Crumb & Spigot is a small, cozy and lively restaurant that specialize in creative dishes that get a little outside the traditional. Great place if you want to try something you’ve never had before.

Bull & Bird Steakhouse

87 West St.

If you want a good steak like only a steakhouse can do it, try Bull & Bird. Located where the Gamekeepers Tavern used to be, this is an upscale steakhouse with cuts you’re not going to find in the grocery store. If you like steak, it’s nice to indulge once in a while!

Lemon Falls

95 N. Main Street

A quaint, cozy and comfortable spot to get breakfast or brunch, Lemon Falls is a nice downtown spot that has healthy food, a fun mini grocery store, and a welcoming atmosphere. For salads, quick lunches, and food that you won’t feel guilty about eating, Lemon Falls does the trick.

Those are only five. We know there are many more. Tell us about them in the Facebook comments!

5 Well Known Local Heroes You Didn’t Know Were From Cleveland

In a big, rich city like Cleveland, it’s no surprise that more than a few famous names and faces have come from here. Chances are, you know many of the big ones already.

We bet there are a few you don’t know about, though. These are folks worth some attention, so here are five of our favorite famous folks you may not realize are from Cleveland:

Thurston Howell III

The name Jim Backus may or may not ring a bell, but we bet the name Thurston Howell III does. Backus played the lovable rich goofball from Gilligan’s Island, as well as voicing Mr. Magoo, playing James Dean’s dad in Rebel Without A Cause, and many more.

For a few decades, his face was one of the most recognizable in Hollywood. He’s also a Cleveland native! He was born here in 1913 and was raised in Bratenahl before getting into show business. Sadly, Backus, aka Thurston Howell, passed away in 1989.

That Guy From All Those Movies

No, not that guy...THAT guy (pictured above). You may not know Bill Cobbs’ name, but you certainly know his face. Cobbs is a journeyman actor who has had dozens of roles in movies you’ve seen, from Night at the Museum to Get Low, That Thing You Do, New Jack City, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Color of Money, and loads more, plus many TV appearances.

Cobbs was born in Cleveland in 1934, and even at 82 years old he’s still working today. The man is a workhorse! Google his name, you’ll recognize him.

That Gal From All Those Movies

No, not that gal, THAT gal. Kathryn Hahn is one of those actresses who you know when you see her, even if you can’t remember her name.

You’ve seen her in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and other comedies, as well as Bad Moms, Tomorrowland, and more. Hahn wasn’t born here, but she grew up in Cleveland Heights and went to Beaumont School, making her a local through and through. Again, Google her and you’ll say, “Ooooh, HER!”

The Father of Neurosurgery

If you know someone who survived brain surgery, or who had brain tumors diagnosed via X-ray, chances are they have Cleveland native Harvey Cushing to thank for that. Born here in 1869, he was eventually hailed as the “Father of Neurosurgery” thanks to his pioneering insights and techniques.

He won Pulitzer Prizes, made major contributions to World Wars I and II, and did work that lead to countless lives being saved.

Not George R.R. Martin

Before George R.R. Martin set the world of fantasy on fire with Game of Thrones, there was Stephen R. Donaldson, whose wildly popular and often controversial Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series spanned 10 books of high adventure, magic, and unexpected deaths.  

Born in Cleveland in 1947, he knows the area well, even living under martial law in the days following the Kent State incident. He’s still working today.