Taste of Tremont

 Taste of Tremont

The Taste of Tremont

www.tasteoftremont.com

 

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.  

We sampled items from LolitaFahrenheit, Grumpys Cafe, and Dim and Den Sum.  Everything was good, certainly no complaints.  I thought I'd just post some of the pictures that I took.

Lolita Mac and Cheese

Lolita Restaurant - Mac and Cheese

 

Grumpy's Cafe

Grumpy's Cafe - Jambalaya

 

Fahrenheit Restaurant - Chicken Tacos

 

Dim and Den Sum Pulled Pork

Dim and Den Sum - Pulled Pork Sandwich

Akron- Lock 3 Farmers Market, Diamond Deli, Urban Eats

Lock 3 Farmer's Market

Friday during the summer; 11am to 1:30 pm

Downtown Akron on Main Street

lock3live.com 

Lock 3 Akron- Farmer Market
After seeing a post about a Farmer's Market at Lock 3 on the @downtownakron Twitter feed, I thought I'd check it out.  The market is being held on Fridays from 11am until 1:30 every Friday during the summer.  When I visited, I was pleased to see a pretty decent turnout- there was live music and probably 20 or so booths.  The majority offered a nice array of fruits and vegetables.  There was also someone selling gourmet garlic, a baker selling croissants, and an individual selling hummus tabbouleh, and quinoa salad.
 
I had hoped to find something for lunch, but didn't really see anything other thna the hummos and salad to eat right then.  I can't fault the organizers of the market for this- I wouldn't necessarily expect to find prepared foods at a farmer's market, but I thought I'd give it a shot.  In any case, there are plenty of great places to grab lunch in downtown Akron.  

Diamond Deli

The Diamond Deli

378 South Main St., Akron, OH

(330) 762-5877

www.thediamonddeli.net

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Diamond Deli Akron

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.

 Diamond Deli, 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. 

Urban Eats

 17 Maiden Ln., Akron, OH

(330) 310-7135

www.urbaneatsmusica.com

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Urban Eats Akron

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!

 Urban Eats Akron

Fat Casual BBQ - Macedonia

 223 E. Highland Rd.

Macedonia, OH 44056

(330) 748-4690

www.fatcasualbbq.com/

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.  

 Fat Casual BBQ

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.

Fat Casual Sampler Platter

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.

 

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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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