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Beside the Point Cafe

1711 W. Market St., Akron, OH - (330) 864-2151
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/17/2010 6:17:00 AM
"A market like no other" is how the West Point Market bills itself; and you can take that to the bank. Originally opened seventy years ago, it has become an amazing grocery store with a huge array of hard-to-find products, a beautiful seafood market, prime butcher shop, florist, chocolatier and kitchenware department. Ceilings are low, lighting is soft, room tone is quiet. Shopping here is visiting a gourmet boutique – nothing like a trip to a garish supermarket.

Among the treasures of the West Point Market is Beside the Point Cafe, a small eatery with a large menu of very interesting meals. We originally came early in the morning with our sights set on real Belgian waffles (made in irons imported from Liege), but sad to say the real Belgians are history. Still, you can get a good hot breakfast or, better yet, go back to the bakery area and buy yourself a glorious sticky bun, croissant or killer brownie to bring back to the cafe to have with excellent coffee or espresso.

Lunchtime meals include a crabcake BLT, a hot Cuban sandwich made with Nueske's ham and Tony Packo pickles, chicken and bean burritos made with wonderful guacamole, and chicken pot pie.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Killer Brownie
Sauerkraut Balls
Sticky Bun
Belgian Waffle
Barberton Red Rice
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The name says it all: Killer Brownie. It is layers of dense chocolate and thick caramel with chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips. This is the classic Killer Brownie. West Point Market's bakery also offers such variations as the Killer Blondie, the Peanut Butter Krazie and the Chocolate Raspberry Suicide.
"The name says it all: Killer Brownie. It is layers of dense chocolate and thick caramel with chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips. This is the classic Killer Brownie. West Point Market's bakery also offers such variations as the Killer Blondie, the Peanut Butter Krazie and the Chocolate Raspberry Suicide."
Michael Stern





It can be surprising to find such a good Cuban sandwich up north; they serve an excellent one here.  High-quality bread and meat are used, but what really makes it memorable are the hot pickles from Tony Packo's in Toledo.
"It can be surprising to find such a good Cuban sandwich up north; they serve an excellent one here. High-quality bread and meat are used, but what really makes it memorable are the hot pickles from Tony Packo's in Toledo."
Cliff Strutz


Chef Philip shows off the irons imported from Liege on which Belgian waffles used to be made.
"Chef Philip shows off the irons imported from Liege on which Belgian waffles used to be made."
Michael Stern


In addition to the regular repertoire of Killer Brownies, the West Point Market offers specialty variations every week.
"In addition to the regular repertoire of Killer Brownies, the West Point Market offers specialty variations every week."
Michael Stern


Fresh and yeasty, loaded with crisp nuts and caramelized sugar, this is the creme de la creme of sticky buns.
"Fresh and yeasty, loaded with crisp nuts and caramelized sugar, this is the creme de la creme of sticky buns."
Michael Stern


Raspberry Suicide is the name of this insanely rich version of the killer brownie.
"Raspberry Suicide is the name of this insanely rich version of the killer brownie."
Michael Stern


All the restaurants around Akron that serve Barberton chicken accompany it with spicy red rice. West Point Market's version is superb.
"All the restaurants around Akron that serve Barberton chicken accompany it with spicy red rice. West Point Market's version is superb."
Michael Stern


A unique specialty of Akron, the sauerkraut ball is a tongue-teasing hors d'oeuvre: crunchy with moist, tangy insides.
"A unique specialty of Akron, the sauerkraut ball is a tongue-teasing hors d'oeuvre: crunchy with moist, tangy insides."
Michael Stern


Our favorite supermarket, anywhere
"Our favorite supermarket, anywhere"
Michael Stern


What the West Point Market bakery bills as a Russian Tea Cake reminded us of a gigantic ruggelah. It may indeed be a tea cake, but it was great with the cafe's excellent espresso.
"What the West Point Market bakery bills as a Russian Tea Cake reminded us of a gigantic ruggelah. It may indeed be a tea cake, but it was great with the cafe's excellent espresso."
Michael Stern



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