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This Little Piggy Went To Market…

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As I mentioned earlier this week, Saturday Beloved and I made the 45-minute drive up to Cleveland to visit the historic West Side Market.  It is Cleveland’s largest publicly owned market, which technically puts it under the purview of the Parks and Recreation division of the city.  And for someone like myself, recreation it is.

West Side Market

Reminiscent of a European market, West Side Market is home to over 120 tenants selling produce, meats, baked goods, fish, spices, sauces, and even some prepared foods.  The ninety-seven year old bazaar consists of an indoor market, selling mostly meat, bakery and dairy goods and an adjacent semi-enclosed “outdoor” market, filled with produce, grain, and fresh flower vendors.  Originally created as a neighborhood ethnic market, it still fulfills that function – we purchased such diverse items as black sticky rice, chorizo and medjool dates (to say nothing of the first real brisket I’ve seen since moving to Ohio, which we immediately smoked the next day.  Oh.  My.  GAWD.).

Fresh Fish

We went to the West Side Market in the first place because I had a yearning to visit a real “gourmet” type grocery store, which were abundant in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (oh, Central Market how I miss you!) but are sadly lacking in Podunk.  Nor was I disappointed, for we left with things like white truffle oil, fleur de sel, pomegranates and fingerling potatoes.  I couldn’t have been more pleased with the area surrounding the market, either, which consists of additional ethnic food markets, ethnic restaurants, and a brewery – there were even street performers, if you can classify a classical clarinetist and cellist as “street performers.”   It was all quite charming and I can’t wait to go back and explore the surrounding area some more.

Fresh Fruits

If you’re ever in the Cleveland area – and certainly if you live somewhere within driving distance – the West Side Market is more than worth a visit.  Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  They are open year-round.

Artisan Breads


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Pseudo says:

I want to go there. Oh. So. Much.

One of my favorite shows – Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives – I love when he goes to places that make brisket. Can’t get good BBQ over here.
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LPC says:

Thank you for reminding us that good food and farmer’s markets aren’t the sole property of California.
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stoneskin says:

I love markets and that one sounds awesome. These days (over here) good markets are too rare. For the last two years we’ve lived in a town which has one of the few farmers’ markets in the county, I love it, the meat stalls are my favourite.

Man…I could spend all day at that place. It looks wonderful.
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Ooh, that place looks dangerous! I could do some big damage to the wallet there.
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Be says:

This picture reminds me of the factory in London that was used on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals LP (remember what an LP was kids?). I think you should photo shop a giant pig floating over top of it. But a rack of ribs might be more appropriate!

Lori says:

I would love to go to this market. Sounds wonderful. Now how far of a drive is it from Minnesota to Ohio?
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Rebecca says:

Now I’m REALLY hungry
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Michele says:

A 45 minute drive is nothing when you can come up with those goodies. Central Market doesn’t even compare.
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Erin says:

I love markets and I’m not even a foodie. This great post makes me want to go. And a couple of killer photos, Jan. You’re using that camera well.
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vodkamom says:

that sounds AMAZING!! Let me get my purse, I am going with you!!

How did I miss yesterday’s post? Honestly, I think the marbles are falling out of my brain this week. It’s 10:15 at night and I’m just getting to my blog reading for the day. And I’m exhausted which means I won’t get much blog reading done. And I didn’t even have time for dinner tonight … and you just showed me pictures of food. I am now starving … starving! I am obviously very susceptible to visualization!
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I love my husband and Milwaukee is gorgeous in the summer, but how I miss Texas, Central Market, BBQ, Fiesta, Town Lake, bluebonnets and Mexican food.
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