I can't believe no one's mentioned Frank's Bratwurst. As a CLE native and current DC resident, the one place I stop when I am back home is the little stand on the far end (on the W.25th side)for the best sausage ever made on God's green earth. The veal bratwurst is the mildest and most flavorful collection of lips and a-holes ever concocted.
I loved the chalk candy cigs. I would light the end and it would smell like s'mores. sadly when i bought a pack a few months ago they are now a log of gum wrapped in plastic that looks like a cig. if you blow into them, the powder between the gum and wrapper shoots out in a puff of 'smoke' Love the blog
Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts and memories. I can't believe they still sell/make candy cigarettes!
Memories are definitely developed here and I hope we all continue to support this gem - gift we have!
Speaking of memories, I had my first ever pomegranate bought from here! Oh those red spots on my shirt and fingers not to mention the seeds I'd spit... I was maybe 6? Good Times!
But like you I have neglected my duties to support as often as I would like. Seeing that I live on Shaker Square I tend to feed my fetishes at the farmers market every Saturday and making only one or two trips a month to the Westside market. You've inspired me, however, to up the ante!
Nice pictures. I wanted to share my Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video. It's a Cleveland international restaurant tour, and I went to one of my favorite stands at the WSM--Judy's Oasis.
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So funny...Me & my dad did the video together on Friday (he was the cameraman) with a $75 Sony digital camera...
Oh, the candy cigarettes are definitely still there.
I'm a huge fan of the Basketeria. Unfortunately, most of the produce on the longer leg of the vegetable stalls might as well come from Giant Eagle.
Turn the corner though, and things are nicely different.
I take Ben down there every two or three weeks. We usually go down on Monday and go get a cup of coffee...get him a cup of juice....go see Dion or Diane over at Irene Devers and get cheese and crackers....walk over and get smoked bacon from Dohars...pasta from Gary at Ohio City....sausage or chicken from Whitikars and then outside to get produce from basketeria. It's the same walk and routine everytime but we love it!
I can't wait until he really gets it!
Last I checked, they still have the candy cigarettes. Takes me back.
Did my weekly visit this morning, live about 4 blocks away.
I've heard the Food Terminal is the reason the market survives, while the market in other cities like Pittsburgh have folded. Thanks for the link!
Gah, those candy cigs tasted like chalk - the real things are/were so much better!
Nice write up and pics!
Very nice writeup Michelle. If I'm in town on a Saturday I always feel out of sorts if I don't make it to the Westside Market. I'm not originally from Cleveland but I think that the market is simply a treasure. I know so many people who live here who say that the market is great but I haven't been there in years. Perhaps your photo's will remind them what they are missing.