Cleveland Menu for Ravens/Browns Game?
A request from Baltimore: We're planning a party for the Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns game and want to serve "Cleveland" food. (Baltimore food would be steamed crabs & beer...) Question for group: What's "classic" Cleveland fare for a football game?
Brats on the grill? Cincinnati Chili? What are the "must-haves" for Browns tailgate parties?
Definitely NOT Cincinnati anything, especially their grody (IMO) version of chili.
Tailgate parties here vary widely. Most people just have burgers and hot dogs but quite a few people get into stuff like frying a whole turkey or whatever. Certainly nothing "gourmet." I would suggest our Great Lakes Brewery beer would be an essential for a "cleveland" gathering but I don't know how you could procure it without driving to Cleveland; it's sold locally in stores but I don't know how far they distribute; I've never seen it outside northeast ohio.
We have a lot of polish and irish so you couldn't go wrong with kielbasa and sauerkraut or corned beef sandwiches.
And Malley's chocolate bars are locally made and locally loved. They're not a high end chocolatier but it's the kind of thing everyone's kid sells for band or what have you.
Just an FYI, you're right that it doesn't look like GLB beers are sold in Maryland, however, they are sold outside of Cleveland
I agree with kielbasa, brats, corned beef and I'd add chicken wings w/ bleu cheese dressing (not my fave, but....)