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Our crew has heard so much about Cropicana this summer…good and bad both.
So we put on underwear and headed on over to Whiskey Island in Cleveland to spock out Cropicana.
BTW-Parking lot is in gravel…so if you have a tough time navigating, or if you are old, stay home cause you won’t like the parking lot.
Menu is hand drawn…though I don’t think it changes very much.
Fish Tacos – Shredded “cabage”, cilantro lime dressing – 2 for $7
Heavy like your fat uncle slathering oil on his belly – this
cabage cabbage slaw dressing was way to thick. Additionally, in my opinion, these fish sticks were straight from the box Gordon’s Fisherman special.
I hope Gordon didn’t invest in Cropicana.
Dressing? Didn’t taste much of the cilantro lime dressing…in fact, didn’t taste it at all. I did spy a lime wedge. Or maybe they were referring to the parsley….oops, I mean cilantro on the tacos. Maybe it was deconstructed cilantro lime dressing. Either way, I wouldn’t order again.
Nachos – cheese, fresh salsa, jalapeno, sour cream, add chorizo black beans – $5
Good nacho! Melty cheese is one of our favorites. #squirtsquirtsquirt
Just wished the staff at Cropicana didn’t prefer stale chips. All. Chips. Were. Stale.
Smoked pork butt burrito – pineapple salsa, lettuce, jack, cilantro sauce – $7
Covered in pineapple salsa, this burrito was difficult to eat. Pork butt well smoked. But needed more salt. Smoke alone isn’t enough for pork butt.
Also-if you intend to be a restie that has outdoors, rest assured your diners is NOT a fork/knife type. This burrito was no one’s friend. Also if you put salsa ON the burrito, it will make the entire outside shell soft and soggy…prone to breaking…causing this to happen.
In order to keep this “together”, I had to cone it. Not happy about that as I had to dedicate one hand to burrito and one to beer. Dude rule-you just can’t mess up your beer.
Please bear in mind that dudes need to keep one hand free at all times:
1. Answer the booty call on our cell phones
2. Randomly adjust our balls
This burrito was having none of this.
In fact, at this point, Cropicana staff should just call it an open-faced burrito.
So lets talk about the people watching.
Reality – lots of outdoor seating, bring your dog or your fat tubby cousin cause there’s more than enough places for both to enjoy the sun.
Lots of buckets of beers being had here with superb people watching action…
…not to mention a plethora of plumbers crack too.
There are some covered seating where alot of boring people sat.
Not going to lie, my favorite moment there was when I spotted this piece of ass…
I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT – I WANT IT
So to review, Cleveland summers are meant to be outside. Spend it wisely and go for liquid lunches here at Cropicana.
Go to Cropicana for beers and sun…and oogle their smoker.
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It’s weird right?
Every place I seem to go, all the locals say they are more weirder than other towns. Ie…”You know that phrase “Keep it weird Austin” or “Keep Portland weird” – well I can tell you for sure, the folks in Asheville, North Carolina are keeping up with the Jones’.
As we cruised the “downtown” area, we found an open air hula hoop techno beat in full swing. #unchauncha
They said this was a normal occurrence on a Wednesday. Hmmm.
Either way, on a recommendation from a few of our food maniacs (@Cleveland222 and @khwatts) we opted to try Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Asheville, NC.
Described as “different Southern” cooking – we were obviously skeptical. #hopetheydonthaveaZed
But inside was totally casual with a good mix of people in suits, and shorts/t-shirt. Staff was super friendly and helpful in choosing dinner options.
They were right – the menu is all about southern cooking.
Particularly two of the more popular dishes Shrimp and Grits and Pork Chops were the two reigning favorites.
Also a long list of sides made our day…cause we wanted all of them.
Now here’s where the restaurant takes the road less traveled: Say hello to homemade biscuits with namesake honey and jam.
I’ve tasted the magic of homemade biscuits. Heaven! I consider this now the gold standard (instead of bread/butter). Bob Evans do all of us a favor – stop making crap biscuits.
And since we sat right by the expiditer’s area, our mouth’s were drooling the entire time gawking at the line’s portion control size problems.
I beveraged myself with a French Broad Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Ale which seemed to be the standard local scotch ale. Not earth shattering, but good.
Marinated Chargrilled Bone-In Peachy Pork Chops: Three four-ounce pork chops are topped with our own Peach Fennel Salsa and served with a side of smashed root vegetables and seasonal garnish – $15.95
Normally I shy away from grilled pork chops because they are usually overprepared. But these chops were succulent, flavorful and delicious! Delicious peach salsa with fennel was the perfect southern topping on these gargantuan pieces of pork. The root veggies were great and garlicky and paired well with the chops.
Definitely order again!
Side of Jicama Apple Slaw
I really don’t get Jicama very often, but if I could, I’d make this every day. Sweet, sour, salty and absolutely crunchy.
Awww yeah babe.
Not your Mama’s Meatloaf: Your mama never had Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s hormone-free mountain-raised beef to make her loaf. But we do and we top it with rosemary tomato shallot gravy and serve it with a side of scratch-made mac and cheese and a seasonal garnish with a side of fried okra – $14.95
Down home great meatloaf – just the way a southern mama would make it. Great gravy. Also loving the descriptors too.
I’d munch Tupelo’s mama every day for this meatloaf.
Also we love the southern classic fried okra. Delicious and the perfect add for meatloaf. Yo beans – take a hike.
They must have known about our arrival, cause the flowers reminded me of Hawaii.
Much Alohas to the staff and line at Tupelo Honey Cafe for a great meal and super friendly staff.
Keep up the great work turning out great food! We’ll be back for sure.
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I admit, its been a busy traveling June for
stuffing my face working…
Strolling through one of the many cool neighborhoods in Chicago, we decided to again take the advice of local Cleveland foodasauruses @Cleveland222 and @khwatts and Chicago munchas @lmuehara and SouthernMatt – and we headed to Lincoln Park for Del Seoul (@Del_Seoul).
Bustling sidewalk traffic keeps this place busy as the staff cranks out tons of local favorites.
Located at 2568 North Clark Street (daily from 11a-10p) – this easy access location is perfect for a quick bite or lunch on the go.
Lines are brisk and inside is brand spankin new.
Inside, you order your food and they table card you with flags.
Since it was a beautiful day in Chicago, we opted for the take out (Take Away for you across the pond fans).
Our peeps said to go for the gipper and try the Kimchee fries…twist my arm.
Kimchee Fries: French Fries topped with sautéed kimchi, onions and pork belly scallions, melted cheddar and jack, sour cream – $6.95
The fries were delicious but we wished they were more crispy. The pork belly was delicious and as you can see, the world is covered by the melted cheddar and jack as well as a healthy dose of sour cream.
Our line has mixed emotions on warm kimchee.
Cold will bring the texture and crisp out in the foods
Hot will bring the kimchee juice into the fries.
I guess the great debate for fries and toppings wage on.
Either way, we will be ordering these again.
Kalbi Tacos: BBQ beef short rib, cilantro-onion relish secret slaw and sesame – $2.50 each
Despite the LA sounding tacos, this was just OK. I prefer more crunch in my tacos esp since it says slaw. Also Kalbi needs to be shredded more. for cleaner easier bites.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Spicy BBQ Chicken: Spicy Grilled Chicken w/ soy, garlic and Korean Chilis – $5.75
Chicken was well prepared, but my guess is the line didn’t have a Korean on the line. Like your Mom, I wish it was more spicy. Bread was great.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Korean Ribeye Steak (bulgogi): Korean style ribeye steak w/ seet-soy, soju marinade – $5.95
Meat was seasoned well and the sandwich was meat heavy. NICE! We love how the bread soaks up the au jus from the bulgogi.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Sesame-chili shrimp – Hand-battered panko shrimp, sesame-chili aioli, banh mi veg – $6.95
This reminded me of a LA PoBoy more than a Vietnamese Banh mi. Probably because of the heavy aioli.
BTW-Just because you add Japanese panko to your deep-frying of shrimp…doesn’t make this more Asian.
Either way, this my #2 pick because it reminded me of a shrimp PoBoy.
Korean BBQ “Banh Mi” Sandwich – Spicy BBQ Pork: Korean Gochujang marinade, Tangy sweet, smokey and grilled – $5.75
This should be their banner sandwich. as. it. was. freaking. delicious.
Lots of heat here in the gochujang (or kochujean sauce). Got the hint of sweet and smokey for sure. Grill marks? Damn straight!
Best part? It was stuffed to the max w/ delicious succulent pork.
Just unbutton your pants and order two.
Either way, Del Seoul will be on our Chicago list for great food and great location.
Munchamuncha yobo fans…
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