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Favorite Restaurants of 2023

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Lakewood receives praise for its beautiful homes, but Lakewood also has amazing restaurants as well. Lakewood High School students responded to a survey asking the simple question: “What was your favorite restaurant from 2023?” 

After the poll, which consisted of 256 responses, students’ main choices were Angelo’s Pizza and Cozumel, with 44 students choosing Cozumel and 43 choosing Angelo’s. Both restaurants have fascinating backgrounds as they opened around the same time, with Angelo’s opening in 1981’ and Cozumel opening in ‘94. 

Tom Kess, the owner of Angelo’s, bought the restaurant when it was simply an old and run-down pizza shop. Kess’s story of opening the restaurant is truly a story for the books as he often struggled in the beginning and wanted to give up. He says “As much as I wanted to give up, there was something inside me telling me to keep going. Today, Angelo’s Pizza is one of the most successful independent pizzerias in the United States.”

Lakewood High School students chose both local restaurants to Lakewood and chain restaurants, with the second, third, and fourth place spots going to Barrio, The Place to Be, and Winking Lizard. 

Barrio, established in 2012 in Tremont, Ohio, has been voted as one of the top 10 tacos stands in the United States for their great Mexican food and a vast selection of alcohol. 

Voted fourth place by LHS students, The Place to Be, located on Warren Road, receives four stars on Yelp for their breakfast and lunches. 

The fifth favorite restaurant of LHS students is Winking Lizard Tavern, which serves wings, pizza, burgers, ribs and more, which you can snack on as you sit and enjoy your favorite sports games.  

Be sure to check out these restaurants if you have never been before, and make another visit if you have!

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Addison Garrett is a 10th-grade student at Lakewood High School. She enjoys playing basketball and reading. If she's not doing that, she can be found hanging out with her friends. After high school, she wants to pursue a degree in marketing.
Lucy Mcdonald is in the 10th grade at Lakewood High School and this is her second year playing tennis and track. On the tennis team, she is second singles on JV and will soon play for varsity. Although she is very new to track, she picked it up very swiftly and hopes to also play for varsity in the spring. Her personal area of expertise is that she knows how to run a kitchen. With learning from the best (her mother), she knows that she'll never starve and will always be able to cook for her friends. Her academic achievements consist of merit roll every quarter and taking some advanced classes. Her media experience is with Instagram, Snapchat and Tiktok. After high school, she has several colleges she has her eye on, such as University of Ohio, Ohio State University, UPenn, College of Charleston and Kent.

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