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Cleveland Plus Clambakes

As a Clevelander, I never gave the popularity of clambakes a second thought. But, just like Sweetest Day (a candymaker concoction that is apparently only really celebrated widely in the Great Lakes region and some the Northeast United States) or referring to Coke and Pepsi as “pop,” clambakes are a regional thing. Perhaps due to many of our New England roots, Clevelanders love to gather with friends and family over a meal of clams, chicken, sweet corn and potatoes. Whether it’s a big backyard bash or a gathering at one of the many local restaurants serving up the essentials, when the weather just begins to turn chilly you’re certain to find a clambake happening somewhere in Northeast Ohio.

Tick-Tock Tavern – 11526 Clifton Boulevard, Lakewood / 216.631.6111
Don’s Lighthouse – 8905 Lake Avenue, Cleveland / 216.961.7000
Blake’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar – 9 Main Street, Westlake; 440.892.3474
Pickle Bills – 101 River Street, Grand River; 440.352.6343
Mavis Winkle’s Irish Pub – 5005 Rockside Road, Independence; 216.525.0770 + AND 8700 Darrow Road, Twinsburg; 330.405.3663
Thirsty Parrot – Let the Thirsty Parrot host your clambake. 440.356.7202


Sundays through September 27, Pickwick and Frolic Anniversary Clam Bake @ Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club –2035 E. 4th Street, Cleveland / 216.241.7425
Join Pickwick and Frolic as they celebrate their seventh anniversary with a clambake every Sunday through the month of September. Admission is just $7 and the event runs from 4-7pm.

Fridays & Saturdays through October 11 – Clam Bake @ The American Tavern & Eatery
28020 Miles Road, Solon / 440.349.3736 Cup of Clam Chowder, 12 steam clams, clam broth, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, chicken breast ($20.95), sirloin steak ($24.95) or crab legs ($27.95)

September 18 + 25, 2009 – Clam or Steak Bake @ Debonne Vineyards
7743 Doty Road, Madison / 800.424.9463
Dinner includes a dozen clams or 14 oz. steak, ½ chicken, New England Clam Chowder, sweet potatoes, red skin potatoes, corn on the cob, salads, chicken broth and bread & butter. Make reservations at least five days in advance because this is a pre-paid, non-refundable ticket event. $25.95 per person.

September 18-20 – Clambake Weekend @ The Winking Lizard (Bedford Heights)

September 19 – Fall Clam Bake @ Tree Top Café at The Inn & Spa at Honey Run
6920 County Road 203, Millersburg / 800.468.6639
Hearty clam chowder, whole Maine lobster with fresh drawn butter, roasted half chicken, one dozen little neck clams, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, cole slaw, soft drinks. $65/person. Seating from 6-8pm. Reservations required.

September 19 – Oberlin Inn’s Clam Bake Murder Mystery Package
7 North Main Street, Oberlin / 440.775.1111
Package includes: Overnight accommodations, clams, chicken & sausage and a murder mystery. Cash bar available. Outdoor event. $78 per person. Call for reservations.

September 19-20 – Firehouse Clam Bake & Food Extravaganza @ Old Firehouse Winery
5499 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake

September 25-26 – Clam Bake @ The Mustard Seed
3885 West Market Street, Akron / 330.666.SEED
4-9pm. Call for details and reservations.

September 25-27 – Clambake Weekend @ The Winking Lizard (Macedonia, Peninsula, Mentor, Avon, Brunswick, Canton and Fairlawn)

September 26 – Put-In-Bay Fire Department Clam Bake @ Put-In-Bay Fire Station
Volunteer Fire Department Island Style Clam Bake. Call 419.285.7805 for tickets.

September 27 – Great Western Reserve Clambake @ Lake County History Center
8610 Mentor Road, Kirtland / 440.255.8979
Dinner includes clam chowder, clams, bar-b-que chicken, ribs, corn, sweet potato, cole-slaw, rolls and butter and dessert. Open 1-5pm, serving 1:-3:30pm. LCHS members $28/ non-members $33. Reservations required.

October 2-3 – Clam Bake @ The Mustard Seed
3885 West Market Street, Akron / 330.666.SEED
4-9pm. Call for details and reservations.

October 8-9 – Gourmet Clam Bake @ Chez Francois Restaurant
555 Main Street, Vermilion / 440.967.0630
Farm-raised Littleneck Clams from Virginia and Prince Edward Island mussels from Nova Scotia, lobster caught off the coast of Massachusetts and Bell & Evans Free Range chicken from Pennsylvania. Top-quality, fresh and prepared just right.

October 10-11 – 2nd Annual Fall Fest & Fine Art Fair @ Crocker Park
25 Main Street, Westlake, Ohio / 440.871.6880
The event features a clam bake, a special fall farmers market, music, dancing and more. The highlight of the event is the 99 juried artist booths on Main Street.

October 11 – Inaugural Fall Clam Bake Scramble @ Blue Heron Golf Club
3225 Blue Heron Trace, Medina / 330.722.0227
12pm Shotgun, 4-player Scramble. $35 for dinner only. Open to the public.

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Shatterproof Summer Dates: Five Romantic Dinners and Destinations Not Even You Can Screw Up

THE MEAL: You wine and dine at home this date, but feel free to plan your dinner magic with a little brainstorming visit to the Great Lakes Brewing Company(216.771.4404) or the Market Avenue Wine Bar (216.696.9463), both in short walking distances. Relax on a rustic outdoor patio, sip locally-brewed beverages and figure out hors d’oeurvres, the main course and little late night dessert.

THE COST: Research some recipes that sound fancy, but are fairly easy to make (like soy-glazed salmon, pan-seared filet mignon, or lemon-garlic chicken). Visit Pinzone Meats (Stands B-4 and B-5) and grab two fresh sirloin tips for $5 a pound (about $15 per steak), which are great and cheap for grilling. Or visit Kate’s Fish (Stand F-12 and F-13) and pick up two Atlantic salmon filets for $8.99 per pound, for a healthy, late night affair. Throw in some veggies ($10) and a few Great Lakes beers ($15) and you’ve got a pretty cheap date. 

THE KNOWLEDGE: Adventurous food choices will show an open mind willing to try new things. In contrast, hunting for the perfect hamburgers between complaints about the cleanliness of the fruit will unleash the miscreant date monster beneath. Pay close attention to their urban diplomacy skills. The ability to wrangle with artful street vendors (while being funny, smart, and getting a good price) will only add bonus points to the long-term relationship formula.   

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