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Ohio City is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s located immediately west of the Cuyahoga River and has eclectic shops & restaurants including the fabulous West Side Market.

West Side Mural
Beautiful Mural

Yogurt shop on the West Side
Vegan Yogurt Shop

Cigar Sign
Cigar Store

Cleveland Bridge
Bridge to the West Side

Statue on the Cleveland Bridge
Statue as you cross the bridge heading back into downtown Cleveland

West Side Market is Cleveland’s oldest publicly-owned market has over a 100 vendors offering meats (lots and lots of meats), seafood, fruits, vegetables, tasty baked goods, dairy, beautiful flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices, local honey, Ohio maple syrup and nuts.

West Side Market Sign

West End Market Slovenian Saugage
Slovenian sausage

West Side Market Beef
More beef…

West side market olives
Olives and all other Middle East delights

West Side Market Oranges
Bright and Delicious Oranges

West Side Market Pommegranets
Pomegranates ~ we got 11 for $10

West Side Market V
West Side Market

Westside Market 2014
Spices and Spiciness

Westside Market American Flag
Flag at West Side Market

Westside market est 1976
Don’t forget to pick up some CAKE

Westside Market signs 2014
Ice Cream and more

Westside market clock 2014
The 137 foot clock tower has been a Cleveland landmark since 1912.

The Market is open year-round on Mondays & Wednesdays from 7-4:00pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 7-6:00pm. The Market is closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Located at 1979 West 25th Street (Cleveland), the market is easy to get to either by public transportation or by car (parking is free). Click here for directions.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co

If you find yourself in Cleveland, head over to the West Side and check out Great Lakes Brewing Co. We stopped in for lunch and I was blown away by the superb (and very informative) customer service, overall great atmosphere, and the delicious food.

Great Lakes Sausage
For the Meat Lovers, it’s the all-sausage plate

Great Lakes Squash Ravioli
For the Vegetarians, delicious Butternut Squash ravioli

Beer Tasting Sampler at Great Lakes Brewing Co
The beer sampler is a great option if you’re not quite sure which beer you want to order. The sampler is a collection of Great Lakes beers including the newest ones served only on location.

Beer Menu Great Lakes Brewery
My favorite ended up being the Aloha Ale but the Eliot Ness was a close second. The good thing is Great Lakes Beer can be found in many states so I can restock if needed. Unfortunately, Aloha Ale is only available at the Cleveland location.

If you decide to go, especially on the weekend, be sure to arrive early. They don’t take reservations except for parties of 8 or more Monday through Thursday only. Another bonus, the prices are great ~ it won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet.

Unfortunately for me, all the tours of the Brewery were booked. If that’s of interest to you, make a reservation as soon as possible. Click here to check dates/times on all their events.

A few more photos of our Great Lakes Brew Pub visit:

Beer barrels at Great Lakes Brewing Co
Beer Barrels

Delicious Beers at the Great Lakes Brewing Co

Great Lakes Brewing Co Sign

Great Lakes Brewing Co

Great Lakes Tasting beers II

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Great Lakes Brewing Co

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Cleveland is not at the top of my favorite places to visit but that’s where my husband’s family lives so over the years I’ve come to know the area more than I ever thought I would. Would I suggest it as a vacation destination, NO. But if you find yourself in the area, there’s lots to do and there are beautiful parts of the city/countryside.   You just have to dig a little…

Here are some photos of our recent trip to downtown Cleveland:

The Higbee Building
Town City Hall, Cleveland, Ohio

Looking up II
Looking up

Looking out
Looking Out

Cleveland Winter Festival
Winterfest in Cleveland. Notice the “Leg” in lights on the building. A nod to “A Christmas Story” no doubt.

Cleveland view

Cleveland Stadiums
“How ’bout them Browns” or whatever the saying is…

Cleveland Soldier and Sailor Memorial Statue (2)
Inside the Soldier and Sailors Civil War Memorial (Cleveland)

Cleveland Soldier and Sailor memorial statue
Another Statue inside the Civil War Memorial

Cleveland Soldier and Sailor Memorial stained glass window
Stained Glass in the Civil War Memorial

Cleveland Shadows
Shadows in Cleveland

Cleveland Science Museum and the R&R hall of fame
Science Museum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Buildings

Cleveland Old Stone Church
Old Stone Church

Cleveland church
Old Stone Church from Above

Cleveland Key Building
The Key Building

Cleveland Christmas Festival
Scene from The Nutcracker at the Arcade

Cleveland Polka Festival
Lucky Us ~ we were just in time for the Polka Festival

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