food

“One, two, three, four…”

“1234” – Feist (2007)

The W. Bingham Hardware Company Warehouse Building
Built: 1915
Architect: Walker and Weeks
Today: “The Bingham” (luxury apartments)
1278 West 9th Street
Warehouse District
Downtown
Cleveland, OH

Photo taken May 21, 2015

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“There’s a meat market down the street…”

“Dance Anthem of the 80’s” – Regina Spektor (2009)

State Meat Market
Ukrainian Village
5338 State Road
Parma, Ohio
Southwestern Cleveland suburb

Photo taken January 25, 2015


“Things are different today, I hear every mother say… cooking fresh food for her husband’s just a drag… so she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak…”



“Mother’s Little Helper” – The Rolling Stones (1966)

The two entrance ways into the once– supermarket giant “Fisher Brothers” Bakery and Warehouse, built in 1916, at 2323 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland.

Incorporated in Cleveland in 1908, by brothers Manning and Charles Fisher, the food retail company grew handily with sales reaching over $18 million and over 300 food stores in Northern Ohio, by 1928.

In 1961, the name of the company was changed to Fisher Foods, Inc.  During the years prior to this, Fisher Brothers had become the largest retail food distributor in Cleveland. But by 1965, the company only held 12 percent of the Cleveland market. In that year the fledgling firm merged with Fazio’s and Costa supermarkets, who were prospering as part of the Stop-N-Shop Super Markets Association.

Although Fisher Foods maintained solvency and in some cases, prosperity throughout the 1970’s and 80’s under a variety of different marketing names and outlets, in 1997 all of Fisher Foods financial holdings were sold to the Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Supermarkets for $403 million.

Today the 420,000 square foot Fisher Brothers building, with it’s elegant entrance ways on Lakeside Avenue, is leased as loft-style commercial warehouse space.

Top photo taken March 24, 2014
Middle and bottom photos taken June 16, 2015


“When this grey world crumbles like a cake…”


“It’s Not My Birthday” – They Might Be Giants (1989)

When I was a kid, there was nothing better than waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and finding a white box printed with the famous powder blue Hough Bakery insignia, waiting for us on the kitchen table! Pretty much a luxurious staple for any family in Northeastern Ohio– Hough Bakeries pastries pies and cakes were to die for!

Established in a small bakery on Hough Avenue on Cleveland’s east side in 1903, the family owned and operated business grew to become one of the ten largest multiple-unit bakeries in the United States. In 1941, the Pile family purchased the old Star Bakery building, pictured above, and expanded Hough Bakeries operations.

The company thrived throughout the years, but competition and a lack of modernized equipment and facilities proved to be too much for Hough Bakeries survival. In 1992, the old family owned bakery closed the facility, located on Lakeview Avenue and it’s 32 retail shops located throughout Northeastern Ohio, and filed for Chapter Seven bankruptcy.

Photo taken September 9, 2014


“…So if by the time the bar closes… and you feel like falling down.. I’ll carry you home… tonight…”

“We Are Young” – Fun. (2011)

A local hot-spot in the Gordon Square neighborhood arts district on Cleveland’s west side. Spice Kitchen and Bar is a tantalizing restaurant that uses only best locally grown and raised food sources for their Five Star menu offerings. The bar is a popular weekend hang-out along the Detroit Avenue drag, in this part of town. A great, spacious, rear restaurant patio is ideal for summertime festivities and a spot to enjoy a bourbon and cigar, or late night coffee.

Photo taken April 8, 2014


“….made eye contact with a solitary pickle…”

“Reading Time With Pickle” – Regina Spektor (2002)

I couldn’t pass-up this ad artwork, without grabbing the camera and clicking the shutter release… A cartoon pickle clinging to the Terminal Tower. A banner advertising “Cleveland Pickle”— a downtown sub shop, located at Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street. Awesome!

Photo taken February 28, 2014


“…looking for soul food and a place to eat…”

“Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed (1972)

Along Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken September 14, 2013


“I’ll get down in any neighborhood I swear that my friends will take me…”

“Funky But Chic” – David Johansen (1978)

On Cleveland’s near-east side, at the southeast corner of E. 36th Street and Euclid Avenue, near the central downtown area… Hatton’s, in existence since the 1920’s, was the first deli establishment to make the claim, “Best Corned Beef in Town” when Duane Hatton affixed the neon sign to the building in 1965.

Photo taken December 13, 2013


“Hey you, up in the sky… Learning to fly… tell me how high do you think you’ll go…”

“Up in the Sky” – Noel Gallagher (OASIS, acoustic 1994)

(2 photos)

Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Avenue
Tremont Neighborhood
Near west side – Cleveland, Ohio

Photos taken December 11, 2013


“…and I’m a skinny little boy from Cleveland Ohio, come to drink your women and chase your beer…”

“Skinny” – Alex Bevan (1976)

The grand daddy of local breweries in Cleveland, The Great Lakes Brewing Company was established in the Cleveland west side neighborhood of Ohio City, across from the West Side Market, in 1988. Today, the vastly expanded brewery is a favorite brew pub and restaurant night spot, where connoisseurs and happy-hour partiers can hang out, drink and eat. In 2011, The Great Lakes Brewery was the 18th largest craft-brewery in the United States. The beer is phenomenal! In the warm months in Cleveland, the establishment’s sidewalk patio along Market Avenue is THE place to be!

Photos taken November 14, 2013


“I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner… I am waiting at the counter for the man to pour the coffee…”

“Tom’s Diner” – Suzanne Vega (1991)

The Diner on 55th, at the intersection of E. 55th Street and St. Clair Avenue, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken October 15, 2013


“Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe… love is a banquet on which we feed…”

“Because The Night” – Patti Smith Group (1978)

On the roof-top patio at The Black Pig restaurant, located on W.25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken May 2, 2013


“Summertime is here… need somethin’ to keep you cool… hey little girl, I got somethin’ for you…”

“Ice Cream Man” – John Brim (1953)

Gelato from “Whispers Cafe”
at the center of the “Viagra Triangle
1031 N. State St
(between Oak Street & Bellevue Place)
Chicago, IL

Photo taken July 26, 2013


“But what does it matter when you’re out on the town… Rock and roll cities, with a pizza to go…”

“Rock and Roll Cities” – The Kinks (1986)

Ohio City Pizza–some of the best, in my opinion, in the City of Cleveland. Located at 3223 Lorain Avenue, in the near-westside neighborhood of Ohio City. I used to eat OCP on a weekly basis when I lived in Ohio City back in the mid 90’s. The shop was located at it’s original location at Fulton and Bridge Avenues, back then. I was worried that the sauce wouldn’t be the same, this time around, many years later… The sauce was THE BEST, and fortunately some things never change, thank God! (And they say “you can never go back!” when you move away…) Ohio City Pizzeria was definitely worth making a stop at on this night out on the town!

Photo taken May 4, 2013


“I know that you want the candy… give me candy I’ve never had… tastes so sweet, makes good love bad…”

“You Want the Candy” – The Raveonettes (2009)

Malley’s Chocolates
13400 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135

Photo taken April 20, 2013


“Smoke gets in your eyes.”


“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” – Bryan Ferry (1974)>

Inside the West Side Market, atop the counter of one of the vendors. There was a fire inside the Market yesterday and they are closing down for a few days. My thoughts and prayers are with the grand old building, and the people who are effected.

Located at West 25th Street & Lorain Avenue, in the near west-side, historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken February 19, 2012.


“C’est si bon (Si bon si bon)”

“C’est Si Bon” By Dean Martin

The Eiffel Tower Ride and Restaurant (on the 11th floor)
The Paris Las Vegas Hotel

Photo taken August 10, 2006


“One hit to the body… Sure went straight to the mark”

“One Hit to the Body” – The Rolling Stones (1986)

Captain America Diner
Marvel Super Hero Island
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Florida

Photo taken April 3, 2003


“Turkey-turkey dee, turkey-turkey dap, I eat the turkey and I take a nap!”

“The Thanksgiving Song” –Adam Sandler

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bindel Farms
Spencer, Ohio

Photo taken March 30, 2012


“Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me…”

“ALMA MATER” – MICKEY MOUSE CLUB (1950)

Mickey Mouse Waffles
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
2101 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Photo taken February 6, 2005


Lighting Sweet Melissa

Front table lighting at
Sweet Melissa
Restaurant
19337 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

Photo taken January 19, 2012


“Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli…”

“The Chanukah Song” – Adam Sandler (2002, live)

The biggest, baddest, BEST corned beef and pastrami sandwiches on earth!
The Carnegie Delicatessen
854 7th Avenue at 55th Street
New York, New York, 10019

Photo taken July 7, 2005


Urban Revitalization

Market and West 25th Streets, in the revitalized Ohio City near-west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The West Side Market tower stands poised and dignified, surveying the urban landscape.

Photo taken June 2, 2012