Cleveland’s West Side Market | The Starving Chef | OUT OF THE KITCHEN

Cleveland’s West Side Market | The Starving Chef | OUT OF THE KITCHEN


What’s up, hungry people. Today we’re
outside the West Side Market here in sunny Cleveland, Ohio. And we’re about to
go get us some of the best food that Cleveland has to offer. The West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio
is one of the last public markets in the United States. Cleveland is just a short
drive from Medina where we currently live. Depending on the level of
construction happening around the city, the drive into Cleveland can be
spectacular. One of my favorite views of Cleveland is from the Hope Memorial bridge,
which is flagged on each end by the Guardians of Transportation. The bridge
is just a short walk from the market and it’s totally worth the quick walk to get
the best view of the Land. Getting into the market’s parking lot is an experience
in and of itself – and apparently the city now charges by the hour after 90 minutes
on the premises, which for someone like me is definitely not enough time to soak
up the entire market – but that hasn’t stopped hoards of people from showing up
for one of the quintessential Cleveland experiences. The West Side Market has
been a cultural hub for Northeast Ohio since the late 1840s and has grown and
expanded with the times, providing the city with a wide variety of vendors that
specialize in everything from meats and cheeses, fresh breads and pastries, to
coffee, herbs and spices, and an entire building
dedicated to exotic fruits and vegetables. If you’re lucky and come
towards the end of the day, the fruit vendors lower their prices substantially.
I was once able to get 10 pounds of strawberries and several tubs of
fresh-cut fruit for about ten dollars. The first time that I came to West Side
Market, I thought that the fruit vendors were all there was to it and was left
half wondering what all the hubbub was about. But then I was steered out of the
building for produce into the main building. This time around I thought I was an old
pro, but it was inevitable something like this would happen: What’s up, hungry people? Today we are outside of West Side Market here in Cleveland, Ohio and we’re about to get us some good stuff. The first time I walked into West Side
Market, I was instantly overwhelmed with all the options. It’s easy to get lost in
the market if you aren’t walking in with a game plan. There are rows upon rows of
vendors with so many different options at each. It’s almost impossible to get a
good look at everything especially with the weekend crowds in full force. West Side Market arguably has some of
the freshest meat and seafood options available in Cleveland and the prices
are pretty good too. We always have to stop at our favorite flavored jerkies
and smokies and of course take advantage of the delicious variety of seafood. As one of the hottest spots in Cleveland, the West Side Market is always bustling
with people. Aside from getting the highest quality ingredients Cleveland
has to offer, one of the main reasons people visit the West Side Market is for
the food itself. From gyros to bratwurst, it’s hard to find a bad meal here.
Everyone talks about the crepes, and it’s one of the few West Side Market
experiences that neither myself or my boyfriend had tried, so we made it a
point to stop at Crepes Deluxe, where we waited easily over an hour for our lunch.
But watching master crepe makers at work, and then getting to eat the final
results, was definitely worth it. The West Side Market did have one secret
I had yet to crack – and that was finding out how to get the second level to view
the entire market from above. We managed to find the narrow stairwell that leads
you to the top of the market – and let’s just say, there’s no better view to eat
your freshly made crepes, than that of the bustling crowds at the West Side
Market. So we just waited an HOUR for these crepes – and they better be freakin’ delicious. Pretty good. Mine’s filled with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and a little bit of spinach and capers. And it’s really good. The West Side Market in Cleveland is
hands-down one of my favorite spots in all of Northeast Ohio. As Cleveland
climbs into the top foodie cities in all of America, it’s easy to see why. The
market truly captures the vibe of this great city. From busy locals to
hard-working immigrants, the market takes the best the city has to offer. And even though I wasn’t born and raised here, I’ve certainly learned to call Cleveland
my home.

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