Cleveland Food Staples

My favorite Cleveland food staples (in no particular order)
  1. Sokolowski's
    Heavy Eastern European food served family style - think stuffed cabbage, pierogis, & chicken paprikash (my favorite).
  2. Melt Bar & Grilled
    GIANT grilled cheese sandwiches done 50 different ways. My favorite was a seasonal special called the Ninja Turtle that had pizza rolls in a pesto sauce.
  3. Happy Dog
    Take your standard hot dog, french fries, and tater tots - and put ANYTHING on them. The list of toppings has about 100 different topping options. My favorite is a dog with chorizo chili, Momocho hot sauce, and cheese - with fries with a fried egg on them
  4. Barrio
    Tacos, tacos, more tacos. Build your own or pick from pre-selected combinations. My favorite is the stoner shell (soft shell with melted cheese and chorizo), secret sauce, pork, cheese, etc. Good guac too!
  5. Mabel's BBQ
    Just opened in April 2016, Michael Symon's barbecue creation has incredible traditional BBQ food - ribs, pulled meats, etc. The fatty pork ribs are my favorite - with lots of bbq sauce of course!
  6. Edison's
    Awesome pizza - the crust is dusted with parmesan cheese and the pepperoni's are salty and delicious. My favorite is the standard pepperoni - but I also really like the specialty pizzas like buffalo chicken. Great bar too! (Photo credit
  7. The West Side Market
    Beautiful 100+ year old market where local vendors sell everything from meats to veggies to cheeses and everything between. Most unique thing in the city! Grab a coffee and snack on anything. My favorite is Steve's Gyros
  8. Trentina
    Johnathan Sawyer's high-end Italian restaurant in the University Circle area. Food based on the Trentina area of Italy using ingredients local to Cleveland. My favorite is the Bucatini