Mint Julep. Yes, they go down very well with The Hot Rocks — crispy shrimp in hot sauce. Actually, they go well with the gumbo, jambalaya and the hush puppies. Even better, the hours are liberal, which means you can enjoy it all with the pace of a Southerner.
8188 Brecksville Road, Brecksville. burntwood tavern.com
This circa-19th century Spanish- themed landmark is said to be haunted by the ghost of one-time owner George Stark. I bet he's sticking around for the happy hour. It's that good, and features a Gazpacho that's perfect for warm weather at a great price. The Blackened Shrimp Tacos are spicy, stellar and shareable. Ditto for the Sicilian flatbread — a rich, tastyoffering that goes down swimmingly with a Dark & Stormy. Check the website for other Burntwood locations.