Best Grub We Ever Had: Staff Edition

In honor of this week's feature story on Cleveland foodies' all-time favorite flavors, we bring you the recollections of our ever-ravenous staff. In this installment: Elaine Cicora ...

Over the past 13-or-so years I've had the chance — both professionally and avocationally — to sink my teeth into the best dishes that Cleveland has to offer. I've found plenty to love, and plenty to remember. But the single dish that lingers most poignantly is the Chic of Araby sundae at Boukairs, when that legendary Cleveland ice cream parlor was situated in the Hanna Building, across the street from the theaters of Playhouse Square.

I was barely knee-high to a barstool when my very urbane grandmama first took me there for a post-matinee treat. As I recall, the room was an exotic blend of sherbet colors, dramatic lighting, and great aromas, anchored by a large, centrally located, ornamental fountain that tinkled cheerfully in the background. Equally exotic were the names of the enormous ice-cream sundaes and parfaits — things like "Harem Share'm" and "The Temple of Love" — which were served in broad, fluted, hobnail bowls in jewel-toned colors that towered above the table on elegant glass pedestals.

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