The best gyros in the U. S. of A.
This is but a taste (hehe) of the many food items one can find at Cleveland's West Side Market. It was... an experience for us, to say the least. You see, one of our problems has been that Luke has all of these cookbooks with exotic ingredients; the recipes all look good, but there is invariably at least one or two things that a guy can't find at a normal grocery store. Today, we happened to be in the Cleveland area and we checked the West Side Market out. We were hardly prepared for what we found.
We have procured some very interesting foods, some of which you will probably see in future entries. We decided about halfway through that we'd have to go back there sometime, because A.) there was too much good food to get all at once, B.) it was an eye-opening experience that merits further investigation, and C.) we were already carrying about 6 heavy bags. Specifically, we'd like to get some pork belly for some of the crazy recipes in Luke's Momofoku book; that's the kind of thing that you find at the West Side Market.
If it were more convenient, I'm sure we would go to the West Side Market or some other similar place more often. It's fresh, variant, and kind of an adventure in itself. If you have a similar open-market style place near you, don't write it off because it's not a grocery store; give it a try! Or you could fly all the way to Cleveland to get one of them gyros... I certainly wouldn't blame you.