The Valley Cafe serves up fresh takes on breakfast and lunch favorites with quality ingredients and a little attitude (a sign on the front door warns there is no Wi-Fi and diners should talk to each other instead). Under the “Amazing Breakfast Carbs” heading, we love the Glazed and Grilled Amish Cinnamon Toast with its perfect buttery-crisp texture and flavor. Among the chef’s specialties are Shrimp and Grit Cakes, three dishes featuring homemade sausage gravy, and three takes on eggs Benedict. Start a warm summer day with breakfast on their large patio, then jump on the nearby Towpath and burn off all those calories.
The place: Valley Cafe, 1212 Merriman Road, Akron; also at 101 High St., Wadsworth
Why you should go: Terrific breakfast food
More info: http://www.valley-cafe.com