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Academy Tavern Restaurant Review: For spirited locals looking for a cold beer and a hot meal, few places can match Shaker Heights’ Academy Tavern. It thrives on casual banter between barmaids and regulars and serves up hearty portions of homemade comfort foods. A long wooden bar spans the length of the entire space and attracts barflies with its comfortable leather stools. Menu favorites include the steak salad topped with blue cheese and onion straws as well as eggplant Parmigiana. The namesake burger, which some believe to be the best in Cleveland, is straightforward and features Swiss and American cheeses, lettuce, tomato and bacon. The fries that arrive alongside are hot and salty and go well with an extra-thick milkshake (try the chocolate flavor).