Cleveland’s 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 twelve iconic Cleveland foods to tickle your taste buds:
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1. Slyman's Corned Beef sandwiches
No matter how hard you try, chances are, you won't be able to take a full bite of one of these mile-high sandwiches. Slyman's corned beef on is a Cleveland staple. The iconic downtown restaurant often has a line out the door at lunchtime. (Slyman's, 3106 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114)
2. The Parmageddon from Melt Bar and Grilled
Melt Bar and Grilled has become a Cleveland legend since the first restaurant opened up shop in Lakewood. The Parmageddon is perhaps the most famous insanely stuffed grilled cheese sandwich. In addition to a ton of cheese, it's complete with buttery sauteed onions and potato pierogi. It's to die for! (Melt Bar and Grilled, 14718 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107)
3. Jack Frost Donuts
The west side boasts about Jack Frost Donuts--and for good reason. They've been serving up unique and delicious donuts that they make from scratch daily since 1937. (Jack Frost Donuts, 4960 Pearl Road, Cleveland, OH 44109)
4. A bratwurst sandwich from Frank's
This unassuming little stand in the West Side Market serves up delicious bratwurst sandwiches on either hard or soft bread rolls complete with sauerkraut and mustard. It's simple food that might not look like a million bucks, but it sure tastes like it. (West Side Market, 1979 W 25 St., Cleveland, OH 44113)
5. Gyros from Steve's
Another West Side Market staple, Steve's Gyro's draws long lines every day -- but the longest lines are on the weekends. Whether you call it a "jie-row" or a "yee-row," Steve's makes 'em quick, fresh, and delicious. (West Side Market, 1979 W 25 St., Cleveland, OH 44113)
6. East Coast Original Frozen Custard
Dare not call it ice cream! East Coast Original Frozen Custard serves customers an incredibly rich custard that's churned onsite. The strawberry shortcake and banana split are among the most popular items on the menu.
7. Pierogi from Sokolowski's University Inn
When it comes to Polish food, there's no comparing to Sokolowski's University Inn. These buttery pockets are filled with onions, cheese, or homemade whipped potatoes. Almost as famous is their chicken paprikash and stuffed cabbage rolls.
8. Euclid Beach Popcorn Balls
Sweet and crunchy, popcorn balls stir up a lot of memories for those who remember Euclid Beach Park. The Humphrey Company still makes the Euclid Beach recipe along with their signature taffy kisses, which are sold in local stores throughout the Cleveland area.
9. Apple Fritters from K & K Bakery
There's a reason why the West Side Market is a foodie's delight. The iconic apple fritters piled high in the case at K&K Bakery are a familiar sight -- and taste --to all of Cleveland. The fried dough is filled with cinnamon and apples and then glazed with sugar icing. (West Side Market, 1979 W 25 St., Cleveland, OH 44113)
10. Polish Boy sandwiches from Hot Sauce Williams
A large link of kielbasa topped with french fries, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce, Hot Sauce Williams is nothing short of famous for serving up the Cleveland-derived Polish Boy sandwiches. They're messy to eat, but aren't most tasty foods? (Hot Sauce Williams, 7815 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103)
11. Malley's Pretzel Crunch Bars
Malley's in and of itself is a Cleveland icon. But their famous Pretzel Crunch Bar is something most Clevelanders love to indulge in. The treat comes in milk or dark chocolate and comes loaded with chunks of crunchy pretzels, which appeal to those hard-to-please salty-sweet cravings.
12. Dichotomy Popcorn from Campbell's
Sweet caramel popcorn and robust cheddar cheese corn come together to make this unique Cleveland snack. Much like the Malley's pretzel bar, Dichotomy also falls into the salty-and-sweet category. Who would have thought cheese and caramel would go so well together? (Campbells Sweets Factory, 2084 W 25 St. Cleveland, OH 44103)