Moon over Parma

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2014/04/21 20:51:30 (permalink)

Moon over Parma


 
aka All Roads lead to Cincinnati
 
 
Tuesday April 8
 
Even though I was only home for a day after my return from Washington DC, I did go back to work for just one day, however after work, I was off again, to  Pittsburgh and arrived very late at 11pm so I decided to stay near the airport even though buffetbuster offered to have me stay at his place. I was tired and I had to get up early the next day

Wednesday April 9
 
After having what was clearly the worst coffee of the trip (and the worst coffee in a long time) at Niko's coffee house near Robinson Town Center, I was on the road again this time to catch an early day game of the Cleveland Indians vs The San Diego Padres (yes interleague early in the season) I arrived in Parma just as Little Polish Diner was opening.
 

 
This was my first visit and I couldn't believe how small the place is. The special that day was Kielbasa and Kraut,
 

 
however I decided to go with the tour of Poland which not only includes Kielbasa but stuffed cabbage and pierogies as well. I started out with a cup of cabbage soup which I thought was rather weak.
 

 
The smoky kielbasa was certainly the star of the meal, however I thought the stuffed cabbage and pierogies were just ok. I can't pin point it, however it just didn't win me over.
 

 
Here's a better look at the Pierogies.
 



I preferred my past meals at Sokolowski's, Babushka's Kitchen and even the Parma Tavern. I'm glad I had the opportunity to check out Little Polish Diner , and I'm even more glad that I had the opportunity to check out their rest room...
 

 
 
After lunch, it was a quick 15 minute ride to the game, I thought it was a 12:15pm game, it was actually a 12:05pm game. The night before I found 200 level tickets behind home plate on stub hub for $10- with fees around $15. I couldn't believe parking near the ballpark was $20- even more expensive than the tickets. I decided to drive a little further and found a $5 lot about 1/2 a mile from the ballpark.
 

 

 
I arrived, sat down with a Great Lakes brew in hand, just as the Indians threw the first pitch.
 
 

 

 
 
The game itself was a sleeper, and  a pitchers dual.
 

 

 
As you know, the naming rights for Jacob's Field was sold to that leacherous swine of an insurance company 
 

 
Be that as it may, I'm still trying to figure out what the mascot is?
 

 
The first half was over in an hour and five. After the first half of the game, I walked up the the upper level and got some decent views of the city skyline as well as the Cuyahoga River.
 

 

 
 
 The Indians shut out the Padres, 2 zip. After the game, I headed to another family reunion in Granville OH and visited my (much older) cousin Mona. We are first cousins, again through my father's side of the family, I don't think we ever met, at least I would be too young to recall if we did. We had dinner at a local tavern  on Main Street in Granville (home of Dennison University) afterwards, I headed back east and spent the night in Wheeling. I wanted to drive back as close to Pittsburgh as possible since the festivities officially start the next day.
 

Thursday April 10. 
Less than an hours drive back to Pittsburgh, I spent the morning taste testing coffee at three different coffee houses in my old neighborhood of Mt Lebanon...Afterwards I drove back to the Airport, dropped the rental off and it was off to Cincy with buffetbuster (before picking cousin Johnny up in Columbus)
 
 
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/21 21:31:55 (permalink)
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/21 21:52:45 (permalink)
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/21 22:27:12 (permalink)
    Jim 
     
    This is actually the end of the report. The is my prequel to "All roads lead to Cincinnati" thread. I did a separate trip report because I got a kick out of the title I thought up.
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 00:45:57 (permalink)
    It's great to catch up on the "prequel". I can't wait to see the rest!
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 10:00:37 (permalink)
    OK, so you went to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Wheeling, and then back to Pittsburgh all before catching a flight to Cincinnati?  You young people are so energetic!
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 10:10:40 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    OK, so you went to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Wheeling, and then back to Pittsburgh all before catching a flight to Cincinnati?  You young people are so energetic!


    You haven't had your morning geritol , Screaming Brad
     
    We drove to Cincinnati. I returned to the airport to drop off my rental.
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 11:08:16 (permalink)
    Hey SC, I drove to two airports on this day and never even flew!
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 11:09:31 (permalink)
    WJ-
    My experience at Little Polish Diner was much better.  I was there on a Saturday, so the entrée was chicken paprikash, which was excellent.  Sorry your meal wasn't better.
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 11:44:37 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    WJ-
    My experience at Little Polish Diner was much better.  I was there on a Saturday, so the entrée was chicken paprikash, which was excellent.  Sorry your meal wasn't better.

    buffetbuster
     
    I guess I went in with high expectations, recalling my experience at Babushka's Kitchen 2 1/2 years ago.
    I had also considered going to Flat Iron Cafe  but was in the mood for Polish comfort food
     
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 11:51:46 (permalink)
    Great food shots, WJ. I can't help wondering: In the picture where the statue of "The Heater from Van Meter" is, doesn't it look like two guys are dragging the guy in the middle into the stadium? "I don't WANNA see Flo!"
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 13:33:49 (permalink)
    Dale,
    You didn't miss anything by skipping Flat Iron.  I was there last summer, and while there was nothing wrong with my Fish Sandwich, it just didn't seem as good as it was back when both the restaurant and The Flats area were in their heyday.  Somehow, a 20 minute wait for a table and a noisy room full of other customers makes everything taste better.
     
    If you had several days and multiple meals in Cleveland, I'd still recommend a visit.  But with only one meal on the agenda, I'd go with Sokolowski's or Babushka's.  Or Mt. Pleasant BBQ.
     
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 17:53:59 (permalink)
    Is it just me, or does anybody else find it sacrilegious to order Polish in PARMA!?   


     
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 18:12:55 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse

    Dale,
    You didn't miss anything by skipping Flat Iron.  I was there last summer, and while there was nothing wrong with my Fish Sandwich, it just didn't seem as good as it was back when both the restaurant and The Flats area were in their heyday.  Somehow, a 20 minute wait for a table and a noisy room full of other customers makes everything taste better.

    If you had several days and multiple meals in Cleveland, I'd still recommend a visit.  But with only one meal on the agenda, I'd go with Sokolowski's or Babushka's.  Or Mt. Pleasant BBQ.

    Buddy

     
    TTM and I went to Flat Iron Cafe two years ago. I believe it was about 4 years in between visits I hadn't noticed a drop in quality. I remember it was very busy at the time.  however when I went the time before that I remember ordering the perch sandwich (vs the platter) and not being that all impressed. 
     

     
     

     
    Althought it's been well over 5 years since my last visit, another place that shouldn't be ignored is DiCillo's Tavern in Mayfield Heights for their Perch Fish Fry. I found their face book page and I wonder if they still have  the thinly sliced fried potato discs that came with my meal the last time  
    https://www.facebook.com/DiCilloTavern
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 22:53:22 (permalink)
    Back when Dad was still traveling with me, we used to order the platter to split, along with a couple of bowls of Calm Chowder.  Now that I'm on my own, I've downgraded to the sandwich.
     
    Maybe deep frying in quantity versus a single filet makes the difference.
     
    Buddy
     
    P.S. Nice photos.  Are those both from Flat Iron or is one from DiCillo's?
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/22 23:49:47 (permalink)
    Dale,
     
    Thank you for always adding photos of things other than food in your trip reports.  Skylines, rivers, etc... make these trip reports much more interesting.
     
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 07:11:57 (permalink)
    Buddy,
     
    Both photos were at the Flat Iron Cafe taken back in 2012. 
    When I went to Di Cillo's back in 2008, I was in work mode  so I didn't take any photos
     
    Danny,
     
    Thanks, unfortunately,  I didn't get many photos after Cincinnati when I went up to Buffalo since the rest of my trip pretty much got "rained out"
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 11:01:30 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Hey SC, I drove to two airports on this day and never even flew!

    Yeah, and you were right around the corner from us when you picked up Cousin Johnny and didn't even say hello.
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 11:03:58 (permalink)
    Nice report Dale!  We're looking forward to "The Sun Over PNC Park" next month.  Not as catchy as your title.........but..........well, I tried.
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 12:33:11 (permalink)
    Very nice report, Dale. Does look like they watered your soup a bit!
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 13:36:33 (permalink)
    mlm

    Very nice report, Dale. Does look like they watered your soup a bit!

     
    This was the cabbage soup I enjoyed at Babushka's Kitchen in nearby Northfield OH 2 1/2 years ago- what a difference


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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 14:05:57 (permalink)
    wanderingjew Both photos were at the Flat Iron Cafe taken back in 2012. 
    The bottom photo--what is that?  It kind of looks like an order of potato skins, but then again, it could be stuffed mushroom caps or even Pierogis.  Whatever it is, it might make a return trip to the Flat Iron a necessity.
     
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 14:11:04 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse

    wanderingjew Both photos were at the Flat Iron Cafe taken back in 2012. 
    The bottom photo--what is that?  It kind of looks like an order of potato skins, but then again, it could be stuffed mushroom caps or even Pierogis.  Whatever it is, it might make a return trip to the Flat Iron a necessity.

    Buddy


    It's Cleveland? What else would I possibly order?? Pierogies of course!
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 14:26:08 (permalink)
    I never looked at Flat Iron's menu closely enough to notice they even had Pierogies.  With two visits to Cleveland scheduled for this summer, maybe one meal can be assigned to Flat Iron Cafe.
     
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    Re:Moon over Parma 2014/04/23 14:32:17 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse

    I never looked at Flat Iron's menu closely enough to notice they even had Pierogies.  With two visits to Cleveland scheduled for this summer, maybe one meal can be assigned to Flat Iron Cafe.

    Buddy


    Since my first visit back in 2000- it's just seemed "natural" to order them as a side to go along with the Lake perch.
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