The Taste of Tremont
The Taste of Tremont is a festival that's been held for the last eight years and features restaurants from the Tremont neighborhood. We attended for our second time last weekend, and ate waaay too much good food. I would have eaten more, except it was so darned hot.
Lolita Restaurant - Mac and Cheese
Grumpy's Cafe - Jambalaya
Fahrenheit Restaurant - Chicken Tacos
Dim and Den Sum - Pulled Pork Sandwich
Lock 3 Farmer's Market
Friday during the summer; 11am to 1:30 pm
Downtown Akron on Main Street
The Diamond Deli
378 South Main St., Akron, OH
So, I took this as an opportunity to hit the Diamond Deli. I like a good sandwich, and the Diamond Deli is the place to get one- it's one of my first picks for lunch when I'm in Akron; right up there with Luigi's Pizza. If you want corned beef, this is the place to go when you're in Akron.
I ordered the Chad's "Wait ?Till You Hear This Story!"- it's hot corned beef, pastrami, swiss cheese, and hot mustard on rye bread. I opted to not have the sandwich grilled; the corned beef had enough fat to add flavor, but not so much that I would call it fatty, and the pastrami had a good, peppery flavor. All in all, a really good sandwich. As a matter of fact, it's so good that I've gotten the same thing every time I've visited- I have to try something else the next time.
style="font-family: Arial; ">I wanted to get some coffee, so I thought I'd make a stop at Mocha Maiden. I'd seen their sign on a building off of Market Street for a couple of years now, but I hadn't ever bothered to stop in. I was a little confused at first- I pulled down Maiden Ln which off of Market Street and pulled into one of the parking places in front a couple of shops were there were some tables and chairs. One of the shops looked like a clothing shop; the other was a place called Urban Eats. It didn't sound like a coffee place, but I thought that it might be the best place to start. When I asked about Mocha Maiden, the woman behind the counter said that they had changed the place over to Urban Eats a few months ago. However, they still served coffee and espresso drinks.
17 Maiden Ln., Akron, OH
The atmosphere was bright and had an eclectic look, and the food offerings that I saw listed on the wall sounded tempting. Not that I hadn't enjoyed my sandwich from Diamond Deli, but I wished I hadn't already eaten. I ended up ordering a latte (which was very good) and drank it outside at one of the umbrella tables. Even though I was sitting on a deck in an ally facing a parking lot, they've made good use of the space and there was a nice atmosphere. I plan on stopping back soon to try the food!
223 E. Highland Rd.
Macedonia, OH 44056
Don't let the appearance of Fat Casual BBQ fool you from the outside- sure, it's not a fancy building, but great BBQ is waiting inside. As far as the decor on the inside, it really isn't too bad. Not fancy at all, but clean and 'cute' looking with checkered tablecloths. But, I wasn't there for the atmosphere- I was there for some smoked meats.
I was there during lunch time, so I ordered the sampler platter. It consisted of smoked pork, brisket, turkey, sausage, 2 small sides, and two slices of bread. For my sides I got baked beans and macaroni & cheese. The baked beans were very good. The mac & cheese was a little dry, but they poured some extra cheese sauce on it, so it wasn't bad.
The meats were all served with some of the house BBQ sauce on them. If you wanted more sauce, squeeze bottles of 5 or 6 other types of sauce were available. If I remember right, there was honey, Memphis, Texas, Carolina, and cajun. I hope I remembered them all-I was too covered in sauce to write anything down. I'm not a fan of sweet sauce, so I didn't try that one. All of the rest were really good- the Carolina style was a vinegar based sauce just like what I've had in South Carolina. Cajun was good and had a little kick. I think my two favorites were the Memphis and Texas sauces.
I expected the pork to be shredded like I've had at other places, but this pork was chopped. Not that I'm complaining- it was great. It was moist with a good amount of smokiness to it. Same thing with the brisket- it could have been a little leaner, but the meat was moist, tender and very good. I've been to different BBQ places here in Ohio as well as other states, but I've never been to one that served sausage and turkey. I've seen it on the Food Network, but not around here. As for the turkey, it was good- a little smokey and moist. It was good with the Texas BBQ sauce. My favorite out of everything was the sausage. It was spicy, but not too much so, and it was nicely smoked.
Overall, I really enjoyed Fat Casual BBQ. The prices were reasonable, the food was great, and so were the taste and variety of sauces. I'm looking forward to returning to try the ribs and corned beef.
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!
930 Home Avenue
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.
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.