OHIO — Yelp recently released its list of the top 100 restaurants in the United States and four Ohio eateries were included on the list.
Topping Ohio restaurants, Chagrin Falls’ The Sleepy Rooster came in ranked No. 41 nationally. Yelp said the restaurant is best known for serving the German breakfast sausage goetta.
“Fine dining meets brunch at this unique restaurant, which focuses on breakfast specialties served into the afternoon,” Yelp said. “Everything is made from scratch, including biscuits that would make your grandmother jealous. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts, Chef Craig Fitzgerald sources as many ingredients locally as he can, and uses them to build his own takes on eggs Benedict, pancakes, fritattas, and hash, along with fun lunch items such as a fried-bologna sandwich with onions and mustard."
Coming in second in Ohio was The Refectory Restaurant in Columbus, which ranked No. 45 nationally. The restaurant specializes in French cuisine and a changing menu.
“This classic French restaurant, housed in a charming former church, has a reputation as the place to go for fine dining in Columbus. Chef Richard Blondin, a native of Lyon, France, who studied under Paul Bocuse, creates dishes such as a French country terrine with artichoke and pistachio, or filet mignon in cardamom sauce,” Yelp said. “The menu changes seasonally, and meals can be ordered individually or as a 5-course tasting menu.”
Ranking third in the state, Cincinnati’s Fireside Pizza ranked No. 67 nationally. Yelp notes that the restaurant, located in a 150-year-old firehouse, cooks its pizza in a wood-burning oven.
“Customers dine on signature thin-crust, hand tossed pizzas while playing a round of board games and sipping on local craft beers,” Yelp said.
The fourth-ranked Ohio restaurant, The Alcove Restaurant and Lounge located in Mount Vernon, ranked No. 74 nationally. Yelp notes that the restaurant is known for its steakhouse favorites like truffle risotto, prime rib and filet mignon.
“Established in 1910, this cozy Mount Vernon steakhouse is the ideal place to kick back with a handcrafted drink, prime cut, and entertaining dinner theater,” Yelp said. “Sultry wood-paneled walls, coffered ceilings dotted with crystal chandeliers, and white tablecloths bedecked with fine china set the stage for one-act plays paired with foie gras, oysters, lobster mac ’n’ cheese and a variety of beef cuts.”
Yelp said this was the ninth year for the list. The website said that many of the 100 restaurants on the list serve meals under $30.
According to Yelp, its top 100 list is decided using criteria including total number of submissions, ratings, reviews and geographic representation, among other factors.