Buckeyes, Hoosiers and Redbirds

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2011/09/11 20:38:56 (permalink)

Buckeyes, Hoosiers and Redbirds

Just returned from my final big trip of the year this past Thursday evening.
 
Perhaps you might be able to tell where I've been from the title.
 
This will be broken out one segments per day for a total of 8 segments.
 
Thursday September 1
 
Flying out of TF Green in Rhode Island, I arrived in Pittsburgh later on that morning. I didn't stay in Pittsburgh though, I got my rental car and drove to in a Northwesterly direction. 
 
My first stop in the South Suburbs of Cleveland
 

 
Babushka's Kitchen 
in Northfield OH
 
 

 
Off the bat I knew this place was promising when I saw they won the Pierogi cook off..
 
After salivating over photos on the Roadfood review, I already knew what I wanted
 

 
 
The Warsaw- Roast Pork and gravy with sauerkraut and onions sandwiched between two potato pancakes with a scoop of sour cream on top. What I didn't know is that tiny dumplings were also included with this sandwich and what a sandwich it was! One choice of side is included, that's stuffed cabbage soup in the background, loaded with zesty cabbage, rice and meat more of a hearty stew than soup.  
 

 
Here's a better view of the soup.
 
You know you're starting a good road trip when your first meal is a home run.
 
After my stellar meal, I was compelled to come here
 

 
You got it- the Polka Hall of Fame, in Euclid OH....
 
It was a very interesting and informative museum
 

 
I always thought the Polka was of Polish derivation
 
 
 

 
any relation to "Weird Al"?
 
 
 

 

 
I had no idea that the Polka had it's golden years?
 
 
 

 
Or that there was a "Cleveland Style"?
 
 
 
 

 
 
I guess this is how they did it in the "old country"
 
 
 
 
 
 
I guess one of the prerequisites for Polka is that you have to grow an unusually large and thick mustache.
 
 
 

 
Of course you can't polka without an accordian!
 
 
 

 
It is a real shame that I'll be missing out on the Sausage Fest....but if you're in the area........
 
My next stop was downtown Cleveland.  After checking into my hotel, and walking through downtown towards the lake  I realized that Cleveland finally got it's  stamp of approval
 
 

 
 
With a sigh of relief I headed over to the The William Mather Steamship Museum
 

 
 
Docked in Lake Erie, this steam ship which was built in the 1920's was one the flagship freighters on the Great Lakes.  It was also one of the first to have radar...
 
Here are some select photos
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
Of course there is the engine room
 
 

 
Radar Equipment
 
 

 
 

 
While I was on the boat, I enjoyed great views of
 
 

 
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum by I.M. Pei
 

 
 
Cleveland Browns Stadium
 
and
 

 
The Great Lakes Science Center
 
 
After spending most of the afternoon on the boat, dinner time was fast approaching..
 
I had concerns about my dinner stop..
 
When rumours were floating around the internet that Freddie's Rib House was closed , I called them to double check and their phone was disconnected..
 
Visiting confirmed my worst fears
 

 
But never fear!
 
 

 
Freddie's Rib House 
 
Has a spiffy new location in suburban Lyndhurst (the one downtown closed  due to a fire)
 
Of course I came here for one reason
 

 
The Polish Boy...
 
  Kielbasa in a sturday bun slathered in BBQ Sauce, topped with creamy slaw and fresh cut fries...
What surprised me was the size of the Kielbasa- I didn't realize it would be so thick, either way, the charred sausage snapped with each bite and retained it's juicyness...
 
What  a mess! It didn't take long for the roll to disintegrate....it was good, but a little overwhelming...
 
 
After dinner, I realized I was close to my favorite custard stand in the Cleveland area.
 
 

 
 
East Coast Original Frozen Custard
 
a small mini chain in the Cleveland metro area
 
The flavor of the day was 
 

 
Raspberry....
 
It was good, but my favorite still was Apple Cobbler I enjoyed on my last visit 3 years ago...
 
Heading back to my hotel downtown, I thought about heading to the Great Lakes Brew Pub in Ohio City but didn't feel like driving, I walked a few blocks over to this Irish Pub and they had Great Lakes on tap there....
After one or two, I headed back to my hotel and called it a night...
 
Much more to come..
 
 
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2011/09/22 18:50:12
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