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Sokolowski's University Inn was founded in 1923 and has maintained its defiantly old-school roots ever since. This Cleveland institution serves Eastern European food, primarily Polish cafeteria-style fare. Dinner entrees include chicken paprikash or smoked kielbasa. More traditional American dishes include Salisbury steak or Maryland crab cakes. Sokolowski's also offers pierogies, several side salads as well as soups. Sokolowski's also has a live pianist for much of the week.
L'Albotros Brasserie & Bar is a primarily French restaurant, though it does include a few pizzas. The name, French for albatross, may recall high school English class and ancient mariners, but instead comes from chef Zack Bruell's golfing hobby: an "albatross" is a rare three-under-par hole. The traditional French fare includes Pork Two Ways, the Croque Monsieur, and of course, Escargot. Vegetarian options include several salads as well as a daily pasta dish and Root Vegetable Cassoulet. L'Albotros also includes a changing daily special, such as Oxtail Ravioli on Tuesday and Beef Bourguignon on Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, Michaelangelo's is an Italian restaurant located in Little Italy. The “Fine Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar” has a warm, romantic décor, highlighted by its glass wine cabinets, showcasing its selection of vino. Michaelangelo's makes its pastas by hand, and offers a wide variety of pasta dishes, such as Veal Cannelloni and Four-Cheese Ravioli. Michaelangelo's also offers entrées such as Agnello, a grilled New Zealand rack of lamb, or Pesce, a Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass. There are daily specials, including a daily risotto. Dessert-lovers can take part in Italian tiramisu and gelato. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Michaelangelo's often offers live music.
Chez Francois is an elegant French restaurant located in Vermilion, west of Cleveland. The restaurant is located on the banks of the Vermilion River and has both an indoor dining room and outdoor Riverside Cafe. A dress code at Chez Francois is enforced, with more casual diners asked to dine outside. Chez Francois offers classic gourmet French cuisine with seasonal selections on the menu. Listed entrées are not vegetarian-friendly, but have several seafood, chicken, and mammal selections, such as Homemade Raviolis stuffed with lobster, and Ris de Veau Grenobloise, a dish of veal sweetbreads. Chez Francois also offers seasonal special multi-course dinners paired with specific wines.