Growing up in Canton, I remember as a child it being a BIG DEAL when we had company for my dad to drive to Barberton and pick up chicken and hot sauce from Belgrade Gardens. Food just tasted better back then! The chicken was chickeny-er and the hot sauce, which now I know is not exactly sauce, was delicious. I occasionally make fried chicken the Southern way soaking it in peppered buttermilk, rolling in seasoned flour, dunking it in an egg wash then rolling it again in Panko bread crumbs to fry in very hot peanut oil. It's good and I always buy organic, free-range whole chicken cut into pieces which drives my mom crazy because it is so expensive. Such is our world where food is mass produced and all the flavor is gone. But I remember the 50's & 60's being the Baby Boomer that I am. Nostalgic article and now I am going to make the hot sauce next time and fry my chicken in lard to see if I can stir up a memory. ;<)
Sounds awesome! Nice to see a man with a mission and a good plan.
Don't forget ABC THE TAVERN, which opened its east location (uptown) before any of the mentioned other great places arrived.
Delegates, I'm sure by some lapse of memory, they left off the granddaddy of neighborhood joints, ABC the TAVERN on West 25. You will have a great time and make great new friends. PS across the street from the casino downtown is Cleveland's hidden "hideaway" gem, The Ontario. Pint and a shot; $3.25.
Welcoming all since 1976
Chickenrones? In my neighbrhood those are known as grivenes. I made duck grivenes once, which my late and witty mom dubbed "quacklings."
I had lunch there a couple months ago. The vegan Bahn mi was the worst I've ever had. Flavorless. The service was nonexistent. I had to walk up to the expediter's window and ask the guy in the kitchen if anyone was going to run our food which had been sitting in the window for 7 minutes. I timed it out of curiosity. No one-not the server, not the owners who were puttering around-not one person was paying attention. It's a beautiful space, but my experience was pretty terrible.
Sounds amazing. And vegetarian friendly for me, and carnivore friendly for others.
It costs far too much for a BBQ joint. I've been to many legit BBQ places all over the country, including some that Symon often recommends. $19-22 for one meat choice with 1 side. $6 for some broccoli. The same cracklin at BSpot are $2 that cost $7 here. Also don't need servers at a real BBQ place as Symon knows. It not only costs the customers more because of tip, but causes more expensive prices as well. None of the meats were the best I have had. The food is good, but not worth it to me. I will stick with BSpot.
Best of luck to you both. My son made candy for his Grandfather at Bakers Candies. It becomes more than a job.
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You say this as if there haven't been amazing BBQ spots in our city's Black community for DECADES...
The point is that there IS and has ALWAYS been "great barbecue joints" in Cleveland. So this article and its headline is insulting to the numerous inner city "joints" that have catered to and thrived without any recognition. The title of your article should say "Lakewood finally lands". This does not even look like your typical Barbecue plate. A ball of potato salad? Please!
@tralbkw ... how exactly have I lost touch?...curious
@bmac not taking anything away from the rib cage because I have never been there...that being said not sure how it inspired me...cheers, Symon
You can't compare the two. One is BBQ for the real people and the other is pretentiousness extraordinaire. "Celebrity Chef" has gone to Michael Symon's head. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy! He's a great chef and has a great personality. And he's certainly an awesome ambassador for Cleveland, but he's kinda gotten out of touch with the reality of Cleveland.
No pix and a stupid headline. Brash hipster
Let's not forget far east side has Smoke BBQ Grill. They do Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked half Chickens and Baby Back Ribs. A smoked to perfection.
"Cleveland Finally Landed a Great Barbecue Joint." Damn, throwing shade at BubbaQ's like that is not nice, Scene. Do they not count because they're in Lorain County?
What about Rib Cage in Cleveland Heights? The damn place inspired Mables BBQ to existence when Symon & Ruehlman ate there. Haven't seen one story on the success of Rib Cage in Cleveland Scene.
Cleveland Scene is always blowing the Westside like a prostitute. The East Side does exist...
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