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West Side Market: what says Cleveland most?

tatamagouche | May 15, 200806:07 PM

Hi all—

Trying to get a sense of this place and how it represents Cleveland cuisine best.

(FYI—I'm a food writer, but I'm not a dork; I've been a Chowhound regular, though not on this board, since 2001. I am doing research, but it's for a volunteer project, not a paid article. Just so you know—because I know how annoying it can be when strangers come sniffing around, obviously just looking for you to do their work for them.)

I read this thread from a few months back—


and it's very helpful, although it tends to focus on what's best, period; what I'd like to know is what's not only best but also most representative of Cleveland in terms of its demographics, culinary traditions, etc.

My research suggests to me that you've got some great butcher stalls and bakeries that would fit the bill, as well as the pierogi place. That basically I should be thinking middle European. Am I in the ballpark or way out? Which stalls/aspects of the market do you consider most unique to Cleveland?

Many thanks!

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