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Issue Date: June 2013

Kamm's Corners

Here are a dozen spots to get you started.
by Jordan Stevenson

1 | Cafe Falafel: Nosh on complimentary fresh-from-the-fryer falafel while mulling over the enticing array of pita sandwiches, specialty salads and vegetarian offerings at this new spot. 3843 Riveredge Road, 216-688-0330,

2 | Carol and John's Comic Shop: Found in the nearby shopping center, this place is every superfan's dream with its massive stock of comics, collectibles and graphic novels. Events featuring costumes and free giveaways are part of the fun, too. 17462 Lorain Ave., 216-252-0606,

3 | Peace Love and Little Donuts: With funkadelic flavors such as strawberry French toast, s'mores and maple bacon, these freshly made, melt-in-your-mouth fried cakes will feed anyone's inner hippie. And the groovy, flower power decor? We can dig it. 3786 Rocky River Drive, 216-862-9806

4 | Public House: This Kamm's Corners institution has been serving up pints, house wings and neighborhood banter for more than 30 years. 17219 Lorain Ave., 216-252-6608

5 | P.J. McIntyre's: The lively pub is known for its boisterous crowds and Celtic charm. Dressed in Irish bric-a-brac and Guinness-barrel tables, this is the place to go for flowing ale and hearty shepherd's pie. 17119 Lorain Ave., 216-941-9311,

6 | The Olive and the Grape: Inspired by the Mediterranean, this shop offers plenty of olive oils, vinegars, and organic herbs and seasonings. And its Liquid Gold balsamic vinegar? The name says it all. 17134 Lorain Ave., 216-252-0778,

7 | West Park Station: A tribute to the local police and firefighters who live in the neighborhood, this spot is a go-to for live entertainment and has extensive Irish, American and Italian menus. Boxty, pot roast or lasagna — the choice is yours. 17015 Lorain Ave., 216-476-2000,

8 | Kamm's Kloset: From a bold '70s crimson vinyl couch to an Asian-inspired curio cabinet, this tiny resale boutique is overflowing with upscale treasures for wallet-friendly budgets. 17108 Lorain Ave., 216-780-6773,

9 | Big Daddy's Cheesesteaks: Forget Philly. Chef Jason Noyes is putting C-town on the cheese-steak map with his sandwiches. Be sure to get a side of Cuyahoga brown gravy made from Angus sirloin drippings. 16804 Lorain Ave., 216-251-1000

10 | Si Senor: Don't even consider swinging by Taco Bell when you're in the vicinity of this Mexican hot spot. Stop in and sample the oversized margaritas and house-made chips and salsa. 16800 Lorain Ave., 216-941-4424,

11 | Paddy Rock Superpub: As the new kid on the block, this two-level Irish bar doubles as a music venue and dueling piano bar. 16700A Lorain Ave., 216-938-9646,

12 | Thai Elephant: While the menu boasts tasty tangles of pad thai, try the Tiger Cry — flavorful beef paired with sticky rice. 16610 Lorain Ave., 216-671-9999

Quick Picks

Irish Egg Rolls ($5.39), Public House: These overstuffed deep-fried cylinders are packed with corned beef, Swiss cheese and cabbage.

Carrot Ginger Aged Balsamic Vinegar ($15), The Olive and the Grape: No salt, zero sugar, low-calorie and recommended by Cleveland Clinic physicians? Sign us up.

Vintage Metal Trunks ($49 each), Kamm's Kloset: With metal hardware and a metallic sheen, these retro boxes offer a chic, industrial look.

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