Categories: "Akron"

New York 2 Chicago Pizza - Stow

 New York 2 Chicago Pizza

4320 Kent Rd, Ste 1

Stow, OH 44224

(330) 686-NY2C (6922)

Download Menu: ny2chicagomenu.pdf

 The first time that I stopped in at New York 2 Chicago Pizza, I had already eaten and just wanted to pick up a menu.  The place was new, and I was intrigued by the name- I hoped that it meant that they were serving authentic New York and Chicago style pizza (well, as authentic as you can get without being there).  I was in luck- the owner told me that he had operated other restaurants, but hadn't  had the oven to do the pizza the way that he wanted to.  He said that he has the right oven now, and that he makes his dough fresh every day.  Not only that, but he uses a different type of dough for the different pizza styles- no 'universal dough' for all of the pizzas.  Just what I wanted to hear! New York 2 Chicago Pizza

 When I came back to eat the next time, I opted for the New York style pizza.  The girl at the counter asked me how much sauce I wanted- light, medium, or heavy.  This was new.  I thought I'd go middle of the road, and asked for medium sauce.  Since I hoped for something different, I ordered sausage and eggplant on the pizza.  I've had sausage on a pizza before, but never eggplant.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  One other thing when ordering at New York 2 Chicago- they only have one size of pizza.  I didn't think it was a big deal, but some might think it's odd for this area.  I would have ordered a large anyways, and the New York style is a 16", 8 cut pie. 
Sausage & Eggplant Pizza
When the pizza arrived, I realized that the eggplant were breaded and fried slices.  No complaint there- although my arteries weren't thanking me, I was delighted.  The sausage was the crumbly-type and very good.  As for the pizza itself, it was really good too.  Just enough char on the bottom, and the thin crust was crunchy and just a little chewy.  All in all, a pretty damn good pizza.
 
I've had pizza while visiting NYC, and I think that this is right up there.  Well, it's at least as close you'll get without going to New York (I've always heard that it has something to do with the water...).  I'm looking forward to trying the Chicago as well as the other styles.  I'll post more then!
 

Fred's Diner - Akron

 930 Home Avenue

Akron, OH 

(330) 535-FRED

www.fredsdiner.net

 We visited Fred's on a weekday around 10am, and we were lucky to get two seats at the counter.  The place was bustling, and has a great 'diner' look and feel.  Although the special of the day was meatloaf (which looked pretty good judging by what I saw being dished out), we were in the mood for breakfast. 

Fred's Diner

I ordered the #3, which is two eggs, corned beef hash, and homefries with toast. Don't let my picture put you off- nothing is burnt.  I specifically asked for the hash and the homefries to be well done, and they were perfect- both fried up very crisply.  The hash wasn't homemade- it seemed to be canned like the Armor brand that I buy at the grocery store.  But, that's not a complaint- I wasn't under the impression that it would be homemade.  As it turns out, it was really good.

corned beef hash
My companion ordered the #2- two eggs, bacon or sausage, homefries, and toast.  See that big, tangled mass in the picture?  It's bacon- a ton of crispy, delicious bacon.  It's more bacon that you ever seem to get at a restaurant.  I understand that bacon isn't cheap, but then again, it's not the most expensive meat, either.  So, I've never understood why some places only give you 2 strips of an extra $2 or whatever...other than the fact that they can.  Anyways, that's not the case at Fred's.
bacon and eggs
 
We also ordered one pancake just so that we could try it.  It was very good.  The portions are so large that after finishing off the pancake, we were only able to finish off half of our meals and took the rest home (I'm a bit of a nut about taking leftovers with me-I hate to waste food, and I'm kind of cheap.  I've found that thinks like the homefries, french fries, and pizza heat up great in my toaster oven). 
 
If you happen to be in the Akron area and you're looking for good food, large portions, and reasonable prices, stop by Fred's.  It's a pretty cool diner atmosphere, and it seemed like there were quite a few regulars, so that tells you something.  I hope to go back soon and try some non-breakfast food.
 

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The Chowder House Cafe - Cuyahoga Falls

 2028 Chestnut Blvd

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

www.chowderhousecafe.com

 First off, let me apologize for the photo- it doesn't do the food justice.  I tired taking the picture with and without the flash, but no luck.  I tried making some adjustments with photoshop, but this was the best I could get.  In any case, these are the braised short ribs with demi-glace and garlic mashed potatoes, but I'll get to them in a minute.  

 Braised short ribs with demi-glace and garlic mashers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Chowder House Cafe is a very 'cute' place.   The dining room is a small, cozy space decorated with a lot of art.  Overall, a very nice atmosphere.  To start with, I had a cup of their clam chowder, which they make a point of saying has no potatoes.  I wasn't sure how that would work out...chowder without potatoes?!?  It turns out that the chowder was so good, I didn't miss the potatoes at all.  The 'broth' was thick and creamy and filled with big chunks of clams.   The short ribs were very tasty, but a little fatty.  Now, short ribs are a tougher, fattier cut of meat, but I've had them at places where it seems that most of the fat was roasted away so as not to seem overall too fatty.  Non the less, these short ribs were very good, and the demi-glace and garlic mashed potatoes were great.    The Chowder House was a nice place, and would be a great place to take a date.  I would definitely visit again.

 

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Michael Symon's B Spot Hamburgers

28699 Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, OH 44122

http://www.bspotburgers.com

You might be able to find bigger or cheaper burgers at other places, but the burgers at B Spot are worth every penny based on taste alone.  The fries are great too- probably some of the best that I've ever had- thin and crispy, with a dusting of sea salt and rosemary.  For my burger, I ordered the bacon cheeseburger- two thick slices of bacon with cheddar cheese.  Two thumbs up!  Because I like a lot of variety, I think my two favorite things about B Spot were the pickle bar and the sauces.  There are 6 bottles of sauce on the table, and they all appear to be made on the premises.  They include a BBQ sauce, a steak sauce, and Lola ketchup, and they're all really good- I didn't have enough burger to put each one one.  As for the pickle bar- it's located in the middle of the room, and you just help yourself.  Selections on the pickle bar included dill, pickled green tomatoes, and Tony Packo's sweet pickles.  The atmosphere at B Spot is pretty casual- a sort of upscale sports bar vibe, and they don't take reservations.  All in all it's a good place to visit to get a great burger in a nice atmosphere at a fairly decent price for what you get.

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