Best Restaurants 2011: Gastropubs

Burntwood Tavern
|| new kid in town ||

Burntwood opened its doors in September with a tight, focused approach to just about everything. The restaurant itself, with its wealth of reclaimed barn wood beams, is compact and elegant — there's an inviting bar, cozy lounge area with a couch and fireplace, and minimalist dining room. The beer list is equally simple, just six well-chosen microbrews on tap and 15 in bottles. There are a few surprises, though: 10 varieties of vodka are infused in-house, and the prime rib is smoked on the premises. "People love the coziness of walking in and feeling comfortable," says owner Bret Adams.

We're eating: Tavern dip ($11), with au jus, house-smoked prime rib, Swiss cheese and horseradish 

We're drinking: Dogfish Head seasonal 

On tap: Six beers, all rotating seasonals from American craft breweries 
504 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, 440-318-1560, burntwoodtavern.com