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.

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

GOOD FOOD from THAI THAI

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

Georgetown

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

Salt

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

GOOD FOOD from
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

GOOD FOOD from
Voodoo Tuna Sushi Bar & Lounge.

Cuisine: Sushi

Angelo’s Pizza

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Angelo’s Pizza.

Cuisine: Italian

Gatherings Kitchen

Taste of Lakewood 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
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

GOOD FOOD from
The Gorilla.

Cuisine: American

Mahall’s 20 Lanes...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
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

GOOD FOOD from
Jammy Buggars.

Cuisine: American

Ice Cream Joy

Taste of Lakewood 2016 & 2015 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Ice Cream Joy.

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

KB Confections

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
KB Confections.

Cuisine: Bakeries

The Sweet Spot

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
The Sweet Spot.

Cuisine: Desserts, Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt

Fear’s Confections...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Fear’s Confections.

Cuisine: Candies, Desserts

Pepper’s

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

GOOD FOOD from
Humble Wine Bar.

Cuisine: Wine Bar, Gourmet Pizza, Desserts

Barrio

Taste of Lakewood 2016,
2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Barrio.

Cuisine: Mexican

Around The Corner

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Around The Corner.

Cuisine: American

Melt Bar & Grilled...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Melt Bar & Grilled.

Cuisine: American

Deagan’s Kitchen + Bar...

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Deagan’s Kitchen + Bar

Cuisine: Gastropubs

Dewey’s Pizza

Taste of Lakewood 2016, 2015, 2014 Participant

GOOD FOOD from
Dewey’s Pizza.

Cuisine: Italian

The Taste Food Tour :: Angelo’s Pizza May30

The Taste Food Tour :: Angelo’s Pizza...

It’s a treat to have Angelo’s. They are masters of their craft and take care to make sure you’re getting the best service and quality food around.

The Taste Food Tour :: Around The Corner May30

The Taste Food Tour :: Around The Corner...

Stopping by Around The Corner patio to grab dinner and drinks with friends was a no-brainer this week.

The Taste Food Tour :: The Root Cafe May30

The Taste Food Tour :: The Root Cafe...

The Root Cafe has been a leader in the area by providing vegan/gluten-free/vegetarian/organic products including desserts, cookies, coffees, and teas.

The Taste Food Tour :: Aladdin’s Eatery May29

The Taste Food Tour :: Aladdin’s Eatery...

Aladdin’s has become a favorite lunch break for those who work in the area, and those looking to add a little Mediterranean flavor into their day.

The Taste Food Tour :: India Garden May29

The Taste Food Tour :: India Garden...

Tucked away on west Detroit sits India Garden, a true diamond in the rough.

The Taste Food Tour :: Pepper’s Italian Restaurant May28

The Taste Food Tour :: Pepper’s Italian Restaurant...

Nestled on the corner of Detroit and Ridgewood Avenue, this family owned restaurant has the cozy feel that’s perfect for a date or a night out with friends.