Anyone else here go to Cleveland's Westside Market?
I love going there whether I'm picking up some wonderful (many times new) foods as well as eating from certain places there such as Steve's Gyros. For those that have already visited there, what is your take on it & what do you do/get from there? As for those of you who haven't yet been there, I highly recommend it.
I live in northwest ohio, but we do make our way to Cleveland and the market at least a few times a year. Absolutely love it.
As you said Steve's gyros are unreal.
The jerky from czuchraj meats is also outstanding. Love the bakery that has the booth right next to czuchraj as well.
Pierogie palace is awesome.
Other than those ones we have a tendency to just browse and buy what looks good. The fiancée loves the cupcakes from the one place but I don't remember the name.
Produce outside mostly comes from same/similar cold or dry storage warehouses in the city.Go at closing time to get a better deal.A lot of the produce is grade B or less and wont have much shelf life.
Inside I like the Brat stand and Steves.The Mediteranean store next to the brat stand has good prices on pantry items.I stay away from the beef stands as most of it isnt choice or prime so it will taste like liver or shoe leather.Chicen,pork,sausages are all worthwhile.
Around the corner is Farkas pastry shop.Fabulous.If you remember when Mr Farkas was still the main owner/baker and the store was around the corner,there was no greater cultural experience than opening the door to the non descript storefront and you found yourself standing right in the backroom where the baking took place.Mr Farkas greeted you and showed you around.Anyway,get some fabulous napoleons and the raspberry hazelnut linzer sheet cake.Oh my my.
The poultry coup that finally closed over 10 yrs ago right behind the outdoor produce stand brought you back over a hundred years ago into the past.A cultural shopping experience of epic proportions that coup was.
I don't visit it much, I try hard not to buy factory-farmed meat and can get most of the other things closer to home; I have a great baker nearby who doesn't use trans fats, have lots of places to buy spices, can get Ohio City pasta at Heinen's, etc. And as has been pointed out, it's not a place to buy produce, especially if you are looking for organic. Basketeria sells organic but their selection is fairly small.
It's pretty and historical and all that, but generally not a place I go out of my way to go anymore.
I go frequently. It's the only place I really trust for fresh fish (Kate's). Love the Med. store attached for a wonderful cheese selection. And when I need kind of quirky things such as banana leaves, I can find those at the Market too.