5004 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
Nine tattered, vinyl stools line the yellow Formica counter that’s topped with chrome napkin dispensers, tabletop jukeboxes and strewn newspapers. The only thing on the menu more than $5 is the pork chops. Steve’s Lunch is open 24 hours a day, every day but Christmas, and offers everything from breakfast to $1.50 hot dogs to a lineup of sandwiches named after the police officers who frequent the place. At 3 a.m. (after a night of partying), the place oozes charm, and nothing’s ever tasted better. But even in the light of day, the place is a tribute to quick, cheap, fried foods. It’s never too early or too late, the door is never locked, and you can get a bellyful for $2.