Kathleen's Kitchen is a West Park legend. While not a
prefabricated diner, it's an old-time breakfast counter, right up
along the main strip of West Park's Kamm's Corner. The business is now
run by Kathleen's daughter. Friendly Irish atmosphere emphasized by
loyal regulars makes a trip here like eating with family. If you're
going on a weekend, get there early because the limited seating fills
Kathleens Kitchen, (216) 941-4357, 16804 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111
Marty's Beverage is located in Parma Heights along the strip of
Pearl at W130th where space age
modern once thrived in Cleveland. Today it's still easy to spot by
the concrete walls slitted with holes facing Pearl Road.
Martys Beverage & Party Center, (440) 886-6464, 6719 Pearl Rd, Parma Heights, OH 44130
Featuring the music you know and love from the old WRMR AM 850, the "Your Music" afternoon program on 1300 WERE was from 1pm to 3pm every Monday through Friday and ran for about a year and a half after WCLV sold their 1420 AM station. The program's last broadcast was on Friday, January 27, 2006. It was hosted by the legendary DJs that make the music great: "Disk Jokey" Jim Davis and "Tall" Ted Hallaman, as well as Jim Szymanski and "Captain" Carl Reese.
Danny Boy Farm
Market is one of northeast Ohio's best sources of fresh
produce, exotic foods, imports and fresh meats. They stock New York
City's Boar's Head meats and sausage, and they have a great butcher,
deli, and bakery all with friendly and knowledgeable staff. It has
been a family-run operation for over half a century. You can sign up
for a free monthly newsletter which has lots of useful info about
Danny Boy Farm Market, (440) 777-2338, 24519 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Yummy Kitchen is a popular family-run Chinese takeout restaurant just across the road from Great Northern Mall. The Chinese food served here is a sweet Peking or Hong Kong style; everything from the General Tso's to the Orange Peel Shrimp has a sweet and tangy flavor. I recommend their sweet and sour chicken combination plate and the curry chicken. Their pan-fried egg noodle dishes are also good. Homemade sauces (hot oil, sweet and sour, and mustard) are available for purchase. Most folks order meals "to go" (myself included), but you can dine in if you'd like. They also have drive-through pick-up service.
We first heard about Yummy Kitchen from Carl Reese on his "House Party" radio show several years ago, and
we (like the Reeses) have been regular customers ever since! Sara and
the crew can be seen working hard 7 days a week, almost every day of
Yummy Kitchen, (440) 779-2828, 26625 Brook Park Ext, North Olmsted, OH 44070
With a traditional steakhouse interior and old fashioned
serve-yourself salad bar, Palmers of Strongsville is a fine
place for a steak and a cocktail. The interior décor is a
splendid example of the Spanish Modern style. The bar serves up an
excellent Manhattan. Noted for ribeye "at
Palmers Restaurant, (440) 238-8830, 17100 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136
See the the WRMR program guide for a complete list of shows, and don't forget to stop by the message board for a chat.
Relics is a vintage shop with a little bit of everything,
and everything is reasonably priced. It's one of my regular stops of
the Madison shops. Barbie collectables and blonde-wood furniture are
Relics, (216) 221-0040, 15502 Madison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107
The historic neon signs atop Gallagher's Lounge in West Park were thoughtlessly destroyed in 2003 when the owner of that strip mall property gave it a facade facelift. Updates like this detriment the local community by robbing it of its historic architecture, leaving nothing but cheapness and ugliness for the present and future generations.
Early in Cleveland Mayor Jane Cambell's term, the Late Modern / Internationalist look of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was thoughtlessly taken away without warning. As a quick fix to somehow "update" the airport's look, all of its 35+ year old historic signage was removed, and replaced with a new "retro," pseudo Art Deco look that vaguely emulates the achievements of the past, yet remains mired in the present age of anti-American corporate globalism. Witness the tacky new entrance sign, with its faux Deco silver hoops -- and a crease running down the middle! Instead of using this money to improve infrastructure or otherwise make things better where it really counts, the focus was only on the most superficial aspects. And the tragedy here, Modern Cleveland notes, is that in this superficial update, true historic signage and elements were lost forever, to be replaced with cheap-looking, phony historic signs that are not worth keeping!
Walking into Missimi's is like stepping into the past -- the
record player with the same four or so songs in the background, the
incredible 1940s Italian decor and the staff consisting of the owner
as the chief cook and bottle washer and his wife as your waitress. You
can tell that they put care into everything they do -- the homemade
menus have a poem on them about "our" town and how proud they are to
be a part of it. My favorite is the spaghetti dinner for two with red
wine and antipasto salad. A favorite of the college students at nearby
Kent State is the economical $9.95 "pan of pasta" to-go. Connoisseurs
will savor the vintage family-run Italian restaurant atmosphere here.
Missimis Restaurant & Lounge, (330) 673-3306, 1313 W Main St, Kent, OH 44240
One of the original Mid-Century Modern Ohio Turnpike signs before it was carelessly demolished in 2003. The bland new tollbooths are no match for what they replaced, and I doubt they'll last half as long as the old ones did. Your tax money at work!
St. Vincent DePaul
thrift stores have several locations about town. The Lorain Avenue
location in West Park has two floors.
St Vincent Depaul Thrift Stores, (216) 391-9655, 16730 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111
Barnacle Bill's Crab House on Detroit Avenue in the heart of
Lakewood is one of the city's most noted and oldest seafood
restaurants. The "library room" is recommended for larger parties.
Barnacle Bills Crab House, (216) 521-2722, 14810 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107
Although this vintage doughnut counter isn't in Cleveland,
Palcho's is worth stopping by if you're in the Akron/Kent area.
Palcho's has used the same delicious cake-style doughnut recipe for
over half a century. It's a one man operation, so don't be surprised
if it's closed for a short period while a fresh batch is being made.
Whenever I'm visiting Kent, I almost always stop by Palcho's for my
Palcho's Donut Shop, (330) 678-1813, 911 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240
The landmark New York Spaghetti House closed in 2001.
Often with lines out the door and hour waits to be seated, the popular Kahiki was worth every second of it. The fabulously preserved restaurant was recognized in publications from The New York Times to Esquire. It was given the award of "coolest bar in the world" by prestigious Food & Wine magazine just months before its final closing in 2000.
Businessman and final owner Michael Tsao traded in this landmark and piece of popular American culture and history for advancing a microwave frozen-food empire whose products (now under the misnomer of "Asian food") hypocritcally feature the image of the world-famous Kahiki which he had demolished for another Walgreens chain drug store.
For this egregious act, Roadside magazine awarded Tsao the "Lou-Roc Award" which is given to those who are directly responsible for homogenizing the American roadside and cheapening contemporary architectural standards.
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