Al’s Corner Restaurant, a storefront luncheonette in Barberton, Ohio, offers hearty Hungarian favorites like stuffed cabbage rolls—but just on weekdays. [Photo by: Michael Stern]
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What you’ll find:
Heading south along Olde 8 Road, you’ll discover some of the tastiest Eastern European fare anywhere—starting with one of Ohio’s great Polish gems, Babushka’s Kitchen
in Northfield Center.
Among the specialties: roast pork mixed with grilled onions, sauerkraut, and gravy, sandwiched between potato pancakes and crowned with a dollop of sour cream.
Farther south, at Akron’s West Point Market
, you can enjoy a meal in the café area or load up your basket with exotic imports (like Ineeka Tea grown in the Himalayas) or the store’s famous Killer Brownies (Peanut Butter Krazies are one colorfully named option). Chicken dinner served with hot (read: spicy) rice is a mainstay at restaurants in nearby Barberton,
an Akron suburb. Fried in lard, Barberton Chicken, said to be invented about 80 years ago at Belgrade Gardens (330-745-0113), is distinguished by the savory flavor of its chewy, red-gold coating. Barberton is also home to Al’s Corner Restaurant (330-475-7978), which serves homey Hungarian lunches such as chicken paprikash and dumplings for under $10—but only on weekdays.
Travel down Interstate 77 to Canton,
home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for a visit to Taggarts
, a circa-1920s sweet shop that makes ridiculously thick shakes. Head east along Interstate 70 to Wheeling, W. Va.,
to find one of the best fried fish sandwiches around, at Coleman’s Fish Market (304-232-8510). Bite into it and the crunch can be heard across the table!
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