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Story by: Chealsia Smedley

With a menu of new restaurants the suburb ups its grub game.

Move over Ohio City and Tremont, there’s a new foodie hot spot. Strongsville might not be your first thought for a mouthwatering meal, but the recent openings of Bar Louie, Brew Garden and the Rail are making the burgeoning suburb a destination for more than SouthPark Mall. “There are definitely people that like to experiment and try new food,” says Brent Painter, the city’s director of economic development. We’re betting a TGI Fridays gift card you’re among them, so check out the renovated 10,900-square-foot Westwood Commons plaza at Pearl Road and Westwood Drive, which ups the town’s grub game with options from a grilled cheese fast-casual spot to an upscale sit-down restaurant.

6) Square 22: This restaurant boasts a downtown flair with metal garage doors, repurposed wood bar and trendy choices such as an ahi tuna poke appetizer and a New England lobster roll. “It’s as approachable as you want it to be,” says managing partner Danny Stroemple. “But it is upscale food in an urban vibe.” Try It: The Rust Belt Frites ($9) are a messy appetizer of pork belly swamped in gravy and topped with a fried egg and cheese curds. 13485 Pearl Road, 440-268-8322,

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