June 5, 2016 – 1:00-7:00pm Mar21

June 5, 2016 – 1:00-7:00pm

OUTDOOR FOOD FESTIVAL!!! The 13th annual Taste of Lakewood will be held at Madison Park on June 5th, 2016.

The Taste of Lakewood is sponsored by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine.

The Taste Food Tour :: Burgers 2 Beer May24

The Taste Food Tour :: Burgers 2 Beer...

I previously have mentioned that I love burgers. Good burgers. Fresh ones, not greasy, sitting-for-hours-under-heat-lamps, fast-food burgers. I dig burgers so much that I keep a mental tally of which local restaurants have “burger nights” and which and where my favorite burgers are in greater Cleveland. Lakewood’s new Burgers 2 Beer has one of those nights. Mondays. What better way to kick off the start of a long work week than with a $5 burger (with the purchase of a beverage)? I like to think of it as a gift at the end of what was probably a long, long Monday. B2B founder Elie Chamoun opened his Lakewood location in November in the historic Bailey Building, 14725 Detroit Avenue, in the former Cerino’s location at the corner of Detroit and Warren Road. The locally owned restaurant joins other full-service locations in Highland Heights, Solon and, soon, Concord. It also has an “express” shop near Cleveland State on Euclid Avenue. I’m no stranger to the Lakewood B2B. I visited early on when it first came to town. (I mean, really, it has BURGER in its name, so how could I not?) And, I and other members of the Lakewood Congregational Church choir often stop and share appetizers here after our Thursday night rehearsals during choir season. B2B serves food as late as 10 p.m. on weeknights (a must for us choir folk because rehearsals don’t end until 9:15 p.m.). But, for some reason, I haven’t made it to official burger night until recently. The family and I went for dinner between evening activities not realizing it was burger night. Made our choice even better. The menu offers 22 specialty burgers, plus the “Simple Susan,” the build-your-own option that offers a ton of toppings and sauces...

The Taste Food Tour :: Chow Chow Kitchen May19

The Taste Food Tour :: Chow Chow Kitchen...

It seems we have been on a weekend carryout binge lately. Not that I’m complaining, especially with such great to-go eats here in Lakewood. After a busy Saturday, we didn’t want to cook but also didn’t feel like getting cleaned up to go eat out somewhere. So, we figured it was time to try Chow Chow Kitchen. Scott went out to the restaurant at 14201 Madison Ave. and picked up a few things at his whim. Words of advice: Hot chicken and the gumbo. And I didn’t even think I liked gumbo all that much, until now, that is. Oh, and the fried catfish fish-and-chips dinner ain’t so bad, either. That’s a big thing coming from a reluctant fish eater. (A weird thing for a foodie, I know. But I do have friends and family working to get me past this glitch!) This new addition to the Madison Avenue dining scene, owned by Joe Zegarac, serves up an eclectic mix of southern comfort food for takeout, delivery and catering only — at reasonable prices. While there are a few seats in the restaurant, they are there for customers waiting on an order, not to dine-in. Chow Chow is takeout dining in the strictest sense of the word. I’ll confess I couldn’t wait for our food to get home. We ate it smorgasbord style, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Nashville-style hot chicken, an ample, bone-in half breast brushed in hot-and-spicy oil, satisfied the heat-loving folks at our house. Those two usually feel most “hot” items aren’t spicy enough. Chow Chow’s hot chicken passed their taste test. This meal, served with white bread that soaks up delicious drippings and fresh pickles, got a huge thumbs up from all of us. Chow Chow also offers a traditional...

Beer Cup Sponsor

Melt Bar & Grilled: Taste of Lakewood Beer Cup Sponsor

Thank you to Melt Bar & Grilled for providing beer cups for the 2016 Taste of Lakewood.

The Taste Food Tour :: The Proper Pig Smokehouse May16

The Taste Food Tour :: The Proper Pig Smokehouse...

Even before it started selling BBQ from its new brick-and-mortar shop, The Proper Pig already had a loyal following. Owners Ted Dupaski and Shane Vidovic launched the mobile version of the restaurant in 2014, introducing Northeast Ohio food truck fans to their take on Texas barbecue. They offered food at such well-traveled venues as downtown Cleveland’s popular Walnut Wednesdays and the Cleveland Flea. From there, they grew a hearty catering business and realized they needed more room and decided to add a restaurant in addition to their food truck business. The pair opened the restaurant last month at 17100 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood, the site of the former Cleveland Pickle. Offering both carryout and sit-down service, The Proper Pig offers four meats on a regular basis — pulled pork, beef brisket, hot link sausage and smoked turkey breast. They also have half and full slabs of ribs. Since The Proper Pig opened, it’s not uncommon to see signs on the door or posts on social media saying they have sold out for the day. They smoke 500 pounds of meat per day on site, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Dupaski and Vidovic don’t reuse/reheat their smoked products. They sell meats by the half pound or in combo platters with sides, up to four meats and three sides for $22 for those who can’t decide. The weekend after the Lakewood location opened, we decided to grab some late Saturday afternoon carryout. We lucked out and got end-of-day special (aka the other options had sold out) pulled pork sandwiches for $5 instead of the regular $9. This includes one side — coleslaw, chips, smokehouse beans or CLE potato salad made with Stadium Mustard. The menu also includes two regular “Texas-sized” sandwiches. The Proper Slopper, a...

Volunteer at the Taste of Lakewood...

This year’s Taste of Lakewood will attract over 15,000 people from the region who know of Lakewood’s reputation as a great food destination. To put our best foot forward, we need a small army of volunteers to help set-up, sell tickets, pour beer, keep the event clean, keep our vendors happy, and clean up after the event! Sign up online to volunteer for the 2016 Taste of Lakewood – or contact the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at 216-226-2900...

India Garden

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

India Garden.

Cuisine: Indian

Getting to the Taste of Lakewood...

The Taste of Lakewood will be at the south end of Madison Park across from the Lake Erie Building. Athens Avenue which will be closed between Halstead and Clarence Avenues during the event. Take the RTA Red Line Exit at 117th Street, walk 1/2 mile west on Madison Avenue to Madison Park. Take the West Side Shuffle Ride your bike or walk to Madison Park By car  Parking is limited at the event. Street parking or the parking lot at Harrison Elementary School (between Quail and Dowd Avenues, two blocks east of Madison Park) are options for those who wish to drive to the...

The Taste Food Tour :: Little Lakewood Pasta Company...

Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Pasta and meatballs. Some things just go together. So, when Chef Megan Manning decided to launch a cooking competition at her business, the Little Lakewood Pasta Company, she didn’t have to think much further than that third pairing. She knew it would bring home cooks out of their own kitchens and share their prized creations in hers. “Meatballs are a good fit with pasta,” she said. And, with that thought, the first Lakewood Community Meatball Competition was born. In late February, 10 home chefs faced off in a battle to determine who made the city’s best meatball, surrounded by, what else? Dozens of bags of Manning’s own, small-batch pasta she mixes up and sells in her shop at 15613 Detroit Ave. The event combined two of Manning’s loves, pasta notwithstanding — cooking and civic involvement. “Cooks always enjoy a little friendly competition,” Manning said, as she prepped contest entries for public sampling in the shop’s kitchen area. “I’m also big on being involved in my community and bringing people together.” Competitors — who had to live in Lakewood — paid a $15 entry fee and brought their cooked meatballs with them to the shop for judging. Bystanders — myself included — paid $5 to sample the entries for the “People’s Choice” award. (I’ll admit I had a tough time making my selection of the 10 entries.) Manning donated all of these participation fees to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB). The event raised $200. An official panel of four judges from Startup Lakewood, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and from Taste of Lakewood participating restaurants Buckeye Beer Engine and Jammy Buggars, awarded prizes to the top three meatball chefs. Winners took home a mix of Lakewood-focused prize...

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Lost State of Franklin :: Live Music...

Taste of Lakewood Entertainment

GOOD MUSIC from Lost State of Franklin.

Genre: Americana

FireSide :: Live Music Apr27

FireSide :: Live Music...

Taste of Lakewood Entertainment

GOOD MUSIC from FireSide.

Genre: Acoustic Classic Rock

The Taste Food Tour :: El Carnicero Apr19

The Taste Food Tour :: El Carnicero...

You won’t see traditional platters of enchiladas, chimichangas or burritos served with rice and refried beans on the tables at El Carnicero. But don’t let that stop you from experiencing Mexican dining from Chef Eric Williams’ point of view. You’ll be glad you took the diversion from the tradition into what Williams calls “Mod Mex.” Williams, the culinary mastermind behind Cleveland’s popular Happy Dog, Jack Flaps and Momocho, expanded his creativity westward into Lakewood in 2013. That’s when he opened El Carnicero at the former site of McCarthy’s Ale House on Detroit Avenue, decorating the place with Mexican wrestling masks in an homage to Lucha Libre wrestling’s luchadores. El Carnicero’s simple menu focuses on tamales and taquitos. These entrees provide options for carnivores (many creative meat selections, hence the name, El Carnicero, which means ‘the butcher’ in Spanish), vegetarians and vegans – and pair nicely with some pretty amazing guacamole, salsas, dips and sides. Ingredients for all rotate in and out regularly, adding variety to the choices. At Chez Suttell, we’re a house divided in the tamales vs. taquitos debate. Scott prefers the tamales. His favorite so far is the wild boar, but says he wouldn’t turn down any of them. Evan and l tend to gravitate to the taquitos. I’ll confess I can’t break up with those tiny (cute) warm tortillas served alongside a heaping plate of the filling of your choice. I’ve never been disappointed with any of my choices: chicken tinga, al pastor (pork) and brisket. My friend and fellow Lakewoodite Laura and I wandered into El Carnicero after a yoga class to catch the tail end of happy hour (La Hora Feliz), which they serve at the bar from 4-7p.m. daily. We snagged some stools and ordered some pineapple guacamole...

LHS Jazz Band :: Live Music Apr19

LHS Jazz Band :: Live Music...

Taste of Lakewood Entertainment

GOOD MUSIC from LHS Jazz Band.

Genre: Jazz, Big Band

Sarita [a restaurant]...

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Sarita

Cuisine: Contemporary New American

The Taste Food Tour :: Forage Public House Apr11

The Taste Food Tour :: Forage Public House...

I have many reasons why I love Forage Public House — local food, creative cocktails and the simple fact it’s less than a 5-minute walk from our house. Opening in December 2014, Forage has brought a new level of dining to the Lakewood Center North space that formerly housed longtime wing, ribs and beer joint, Pacers. Forage diverges quite decidedly from from its predecessor’s wings, ribs, burgers and beer tradition. Founding chef Demetrios Athenos, formerly of another Lakewood staple, Deagan’s, built the gastropub’s menu on a simple farm-to-table premise. The “Greener Fields Certified” restaurant offers 100 percent sustainable, farm-specific items and local artisan foods in its small plates, cheese boards and charcuterie, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Athenos lists local farms, growers and producers alongside each menu item, so diners know exactly where the restaurant gets its food. I’ll confess: I’m a burger junkie, so it’s no surprise that’s the first thing I ever tried at Forage and something I keep revisiting. I love the fact you start with a bare-bones burger — with beef from New Creation Farm in Chardon, Ohio — and then customize it with different a la carte cheeses and toppings. I also add a side of the highly addictive pomme frites, garnished with rosemary and garlic (with the option of white truffle oil and/or a fried egg) and served with aioli. The bowl of frites is large enough to share, if you want to. You might not. That’s not to say I’ve fallen completely into a burger rut. On a recent visit, I tried the Amish Country Farm Chicken out of Kidron, Ohio. Forage serves this exceptional moist and flavorful entree with house-made country sausage, crisp potatoes and mustard greens in a roasted chicken stock reduction. I would order it again....

Barroco Grill

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Barroco

Cuisine: Colombian, Pan-Latin

The Detroiter

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from The Detroiter

Cuisine: American

Thai Thai

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant


Cuisine: Bangkok Street Food

Roxu Fusion

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Roxu Fusion

Cuisine: Asian Fusion

Burgers 2 Beer

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Burgers 2 Beer

Cuisine: American, Burgers

The Proper Pig Smokehouse...

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from The Proper Pig Smokehouse

Cuisine: BBQ


Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Georgetown

Cuisine: Upscale American

Chow Chow Kitchen

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Chow Chow Kitchen

Cuisine: Southern Street Snacks


Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Salt

Cuisine: American

Woodstock BBQ

Taste of Lakewood 2016 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Woodstock BBQ

Cuisine: American, BBQ

Robin Suttell :: 2016 Taste of Lakewood Blogger Mar01

Robin Suttell :: 2016 Taste of Lakewood Blogger...

Meet Robin Suttell, our 2016 Taste of Lakewood Blogger.

2015 Photos

2015 Taste of Lakewood Photos

Good Stuff May26

Good Stuff

Taste of Lakewood Merchant Market

GOOD STUFF from local vendors.

Local merchant information and merchandise.

VIP Tickets May26

VIP Tickets

Lots of benefits to being a VIP at the Taste of Lakewood. Get your ticket before they are gone!

El Carnicero

Taste of Lakewood 2016 & 2015 Participant

GOOD FOOD from El Carnicero

Cuisine: ModMex

Donatos Lakewood

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Donatos Lakewood.

Cuisine: Pizza

Forage Public House

Taste of Lakewood 2016 & 2015 Participant

Forage Public House.

Cuisine: American

Blog :: Home and Road May10

Blog :: Home and Road...

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar after a long trip. There’s no place like home.

By Matt LaWell
Taste of Lakewood 2015 Blog Writer

Voodoo Tuna Sushi

Taste of Lakewood 2016 & 2015 Participant

Voodoo Tuna Sushi Bar & Lounge.

Cuisine: Sushi

Angelo’s Pizza

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

Angelo’s Pizza.

Cuisine: Italian

Gatherings Kitchen

Taste of Lakewood 2015, 2014 Participant

Gathering’s Kitchen.

Cuisine: Catering and Cooking School

O’Toole’s Pub & Restaurant...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015 Participant

GOOD FOOD from O’Toole’s Pub and Restaurant.

Cuisine: Gastropub

TJ’s Butcher Block & Deli...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from TJ’s Butcher Block & Deli.

Cuisine: Delicatessen

The Gorilla

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015 Participant

The Gorilla.

Cuisine: American

Mahall’s 20 Lanes...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

Mahall’s 20 Lanes.

Cuisine: American

Aladdin’s Eatery...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Aladdin’s.

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Jammy Buggars

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

Jammy Buggars.

Cuisine: American

Ice Cream Joy

Taste of Lakewood 2016 & 2015 Participant

Ice Cream Joy.

Cuisine: Desserts, Ice Cream, Vegan Ice Cream, Sorbet

KB Confections

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

KB Confections.

Cuisine: Bakeries

The Sweet Spot

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

The Sweet Spot.

Cuisine: Desserts, Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt

Fear’s Confections...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015 Participant

Fear’s Confections.

Cuisine: Candies, Desserts


Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from Pepper’s Italian Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Humble Wine Bar

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015 Participant

Humble Wine Bar.

Cuisine: Wine Bar, Gourmet Pizza, Desserts


Taste of Lakewood 2016,
2015, 2014 Participant


Cuisine: Mexican

Around The Corner

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

Around The Corner.

Cuisine: American