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Issue Date: April 2009

Kamm’s Corners

Lakewood’s bar scene boasts the big reputation. But head south down Rocky River Drive, across the Cleveland border, and you’ll find another bar-crawl-worthy nightlife destination at Kamm’s Corners.
Mike Montgomery
Kamms Corners
[Q] “What’s one thing in Greater Cleveland you wish more people knew about?”

“I’d have to say Angelos’s Pizza,” says A.J. Noglak, 22, manager of Common Grounds. “I’m from New York, and I think it’s the best pizza in Ohio and comparable to New York City’s.” 13715 Madison Ave., Lakewood, (216) 221-0440,

Fratello’s in Avon Lake,” says Lee Zannoni, 38, Angelo’s Pizza general manager. “It’s one of those places off the beaten path that people should know about. They have great food and great serivce.” 32085 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, (440) 933-3380,
1) Kamm’s Plaza Pet Center A small neighborhood pet shop with a squirrel monkey named Sampson. 17454 Lorain Ave., (216) 251-6644

2) Carol and John’s Comic Shop A fan’s paradise. Check out the mural of Iron Man. 17448 Lorain Ave., (216) 252-0606,

3) Gene’s Place To Dine This throwback eatery has a piano, two rooms and walls covered with photos. 3730 Rocky River Drive, (216) 252-1741

4) Gino’s Shoe Repair Owner Eugene Nardo will take care of your shoes. 17116 Lorain Ave., (216) 671-0660

5) Dad’s Smoke Shop If you’re looking for a special-occasion cigar, this is the place. And at Dad’s, it’s legal to have a smoke indoors. 17112 Lorain Ave., (216) 671-3663
6) Common Grounds, A 24-hour coffee shop with good vibes. 17104 Lorain Ave., (216) 252-4768
7) Smedley’s Bar & Grill The local biker bar, this place has a house band and friendly clientele. 17004 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 941-0124

8) Starship Earth Every day is Halloween here. Choose from hundreds of rubber masks and other novelties. 16880 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, (216) 251-1444,

9) Jasmine Bakery Grab a muffin at this ethnic bakery, and don’t forget to check out the fresh olive bar. 16700 Lorain Ave., (216) 251-3838

10) Lorain-Triskett Cycle & Fitness You’ll find a wide selection and a personal approach. 15718 Lorain Ave., (216) 252-3333
11) West Park Village Tavern Sports Bar & Grill A well-kept secret from the twenty-somethings that populate Kamm’s on the weekends. 15715 Lorain Ave., (216) 476-1558

12) Public House Everybody in the neighborhood knows how to get here in their sleep and swears by this place’s food (and drinks). 17219 Lorain Ave., (216) 252-6608

13) P.J. McIntyre’s Irish Pub Bigger than it appears from the outside, McIntyre’s offers the charm of a Dublin pub without the jet lag. 17119 Lorain Ave., (216) 941-9311,

14) West Park Station One of the newer places on Kamm’s, and the best patio in the neighborhood. 17015 Lorain Ave., (216) 476-2000,

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