A Day in “The Land”
Spring break calls for random little adventures, and I decided the perfect place to go for a fun day trip is Cleveland! The city has a great sports scene, along with awesome museums and of course, food!!
My my first stop in the city was Mabel’s BBQ, owned by chef Michael Symon. The restaurant is very modern and laid back, with its focus on all things meat. I had The Big Pig with cole slaw and pork rinds on a six inch hoagie bun. It was 10 ounces of deliciousness!! The pork was so tender and had a great flavor. The pork rinds were too salty, so I just took them off, but the coleslaw was yummy with a light vinegar taste.
The sides I chose to try were the cucumber salad, J.W. potatoes and Spaetzle. The cucumber salad was delicious with sour cream, red onion and dill. The potatoes were softly boiled and then fried, served Mabel’s style with green onions (adding Mabel’s BBQ sauce is not a bad idea either).
I absolutely loved my meal and although it was a lot of food, I was able to polish it off no problems because I went in on an empty stomach ;)
The next stop was Brewnuts, a beer and donut shop. This place is very unique and was my favorite stop of the trip (along with the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame). The donuts are made with a beer based batter, and to be completely honest, this makes the donuts so much better!!
They had a variety of donut flavors, including maple bacon, my personal favorite. The bacon was crispy and the maple icing was sweet and had a hint of cinnamon. Brewnuts does the maple bacon donut right, with the perfect amount of sweet and salty! The other donut I decided to try was the blueberry cheesecake, and it was delicious, with a cream cheese filling and a sweet blueberry icing. Both donuts were great (maybe even the best I've ever had) and I love how their donuts are unique, which I guess is the whole concept of the shop.
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