I wanted my 30th anniversary blog post to be super special that is why I devoted this post to the West Side Market. This place embodies everything delicious that is in Cleveland, but most importantly, you can find foods from different cultures!
“A popular place to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables and meat, the building is one of the largest indoor/outdoor markets in the country.”
West Side Market is one of the oldest markets in Cleveland area, and believe it or not, it has been operating ever since since the end of nineteenth century. It’s over hundred years! On December 18, 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Now, West Side market has over 100 vendor combined of food representatives of all sorts of ethnic groups. There you can find anything from mouth-watering smell of Middle Eastern spices to hand-crafted cupcakes you have only seen on the pictures.
West Side Market is located at the corner of West 25th and Lorain which is short drive from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, so you can easily visit both of the places on the same day.
My first encounter with the West Side Market was quite memorable. Me and my friend were shopping for some deli and coated buffalo chicken wings. On the same stand, there was a skinned rabbit. If its cooked in the crock pot with sour-cream, carrots, bell peppers, and onions, it is delicious and very tender. It is even more tender than under-cooked chicken breast. I made a joke about it being a cat instead of the rabbit. People who were looking to buy something from this vendor totally freaked out. They looked at me with big round eyes and said; “you have to be kitten me.” Good thing, everybody were in a good mood. I explained to them that this skinned animal is an actual rabbit as you can tell by its legs and the fur left on them. In the end everybody just laughed at this situation, but nobody bought that poor skinned animal.
Hot banana peppers stuffed with sausage, topped with marinara sauce and parmesan
Valenti’s Ristorante represents fine Italian dinning in Cleveland. The food at Valenti’s is obviously Italian with a hint of grandma’s cooking. The restaurant’s owner describes this place as:
Valenti’s Ristorante celebrates Grandma’s table, a tradition of eating great food with friends and family. Or A tavola non si invecchia. “At the table one never grows old.”
If you ever went there, you would experience comfort food outside of your couch area in the really nice set up. White tablecoth, piano music, fire place, and summer outdoor patio create a soothing atmosphere for a romantic dinner or business meeting during the lunch time.
If you like to fish for food promotions on twitter, just type in the search tab @Valenti’s_Italian. You will see the official Twitter account of Valenti’s.
If you travelling or live in Cleveland, Melt Bar & Grilled is an absolutely must-stop, must-see, and must-eat restaurant.
Melt is truly unique; it’s famous for its deep-friend huge grilled cheese sandwich es and long list of beers from all over the world.
Another thing about Melt is that it was actually featured in MAN v. FOOD on the Travel Channel with its monster grilled cheese challenge. This melt challenge is certainly a battle between a man and food. It requires to consume over 5 lbs which of 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw.
If you want to know more about Melt Bar & Grilled, check out this page for awards, complete media kit, or critic’s reviews and customer reviews.
It’s always good to start planning your weekend ahead of time. It’s even better to start your weekend on Friday night by tasting delicious food and wine or beer samples for just five bucks. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try something you have never tried before!
For more information, you can browse Whole Foods website where you will find the whole calendar of events as well the store locator, recipes, and tips for healthy and well-balanced nutrition.