These 11 Iconic Foods From Cleveland Will Have Your Mouth Watering

The Cleveland food scene is nothing short of extensive. We’re proud of our culinary offerings and we aren’t ashamed to brag a little! Here are 11 iconic Cleveland foods to tickle and tempt your taste buds:

What other foods would you consider to be iconic in the CLE? What’s your all-time favorite Cleveland food? Share your mouthwatering picks with us in the comments below!

It’s not just the food that makes Cleveland so special. Here’s your guide to the best things to do, see, eat, and discover in Cleveland, Ohio!

Address: Slyman's Restaurant and Deli, 3106 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
Address: Melt Bar and Grilled, 14718 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA
Address: Jack Frost Donuts, 4960 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA
Address: West Side Market, 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Steves Gyros, 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Mayfield Road, Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH, USA
Address: Polish Village, 365 Berea St, Berea, OH 44017, USA
Address: Humphrey Popcorn Company, 6770 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44129, USA
Address: Malley's Chocolates, 3027 Graham Rd, Stow, OH 44224, USA
Address: Campbell's Sweets Factory (Ohio City), 2084 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
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September 21, 2022

What’s the weirdest Cleveland food?

You say “weird,” we say “amazing,” but that’s beside the point! In terms of foods some folks consider “weird,” there’s the Parmageddon (also called the Parmageddonator, depending on whom you’re asking). Clevelanders love pierogi and one local restaurant has figured out a totally unique way to serve this beloved dish. How, you ask? By piling them (along with other delicious ingredients) on top of a grilled cheese sandwich. This delicacy can be found at a Melt Bar and Grilled location near you. And speaking of Cleveland pierogi (it’s one of our favorite topics here in CLE), this delicious dish pairs perfectly with an Italian favorite: pizza! You can pick up this specialty from places like P Jay’s Pizza or you can swing by the West Side Market for ingredients to make it yourself. Either way, you’re in for an absolute treat! 

Next up: the bratwurst sandwich. Because why put a brat on a hot dog bun when you could put it on a big, buttery roll? Frank’s Bratwurst at the West Side Market has been serving up bratwurst sandwiches for decades, and this trend has slowly spread throughout Cleveland. Instead of a bun, a bread roll is sliced in half and stuffed with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and mustard. 

Speaking of hot dogs, The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar where your craziest food fantasies come to life. These delicious dogs are accented by any and every topping you think is palatable, and creations can range from tame to grotesque (cereal-topped hot dogs? Sure!). Is The Happy Dog in Cleveland a bit weird? Admittedly. But is it 100 percent awesome? Absolutely!

Address: Slyman's Restaurant and Deli, 3106 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
Address: Melt Bar and Grilled, 14718 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA
Address: Jack Frost Donuts, 4960 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA
Address: West Side Market, 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Steves Gyros, 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Mayfield Road, Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH, USA
Address: Polish Village, 365 Berea St, Berea, OH 44017, USA
Address: Humphrey Popcorn Company, 6770 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44129, USA
Address: Malley's Chocolates, 3027 Graham Rd, Stow, OH 44224, USA
Address: Campbell's Sweets Factory (Ohio City), 2084 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: 1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA