Those of you who are into natural aphrodisiacs know that autumn is also oyster season, and there are few better places to score a reliably fresh selection of these sexy little tidbits than at Blue Point Grille (700 West St. Clair Avenue, 216-875-STAR). Daily raw-bar offerings typically include the namesake bluepoints, delivered overnight from the East Coast, as well as oysters from waters off Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Washington. Each Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., oyster lovers can rev up their engines at a discount, too, when raw-bar items and drinks are offered at reduced prices.
As you cruise the local raw bars, keep a lookout for the outrageously plump Snow Creek oysters from waters off Washington's coast. We recently encountered these fine, fat fellows at Hudson's new Downtown 140 (140 North Main Street, 330-656-1294), where chef-owner Shawn Monday served them with a swoosh of lemony yuzu mignonette and a cool, Asian-style cucumber salad. A little sweet, a tad sea-salty, and a trifle tart, these luscious creatures could fuel your love machine for hours.
Keener wieners . . . Even if the only bike you own has training wheels and a bell, don't hesitate to drop by Northfield Village's recently opened Hogs and Dogs (199 Ledge Road, 330-650-4001). The family-owned-and-operated business couples sales of retail motorcycle accessories with selling seven gussied-up varieties of Nathan's Famous all-beef franks at a little hot-dog counter. Personally, we're partial to the Full Dresser ($3.25), with sweet relish, gherkins, jalapeños, sliced tomato, and yellow mustard, although the Low Rider ($2.50), with chili, hot cheddar-cheese sauce, and diced onion, has its fans too. Hours are still in flux, so calling ahead is a good idea; at last report, the place was open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Settle in at one of the handful of cheerful chrome-plated tables to eat, or grab your wienie and hit the road.
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