slyman’s.

This corned beef sandwich is bigger than your face.  No joke.

IMG_3272I took a half day from work the other day for no better reason than I wanted this corned beef sandwich.  I left work, picked up my cousin and headed downtown to Slyman’s.  Located on the corner of St. Clair and E 31st, with plenty of street parking and a large free lot to park in, it’s a super easy find.

We both ordered a reuben and shared a plate of gravy fries.  The sandwich is amazing.  The corned beef is juicy, tender and full of flavor.  The fact that it was a reuben goes almost unnoticed since the ratio of cheese and sauerkraut to meat is way off, but I am ok with this.  I mostly order the reuben instead of the plain corned beef sandwich because I like the grilled bread.  I guess that I could ask for it that way, but I don’t like asking for special orders at busy places.

You get to add your own thousand island dressing to your sandwich from a squirt bottle that every table comes equipped with.  I love this part.  I like a lot of sauce on everything and hate sounding like a heffer when I ask for extra x 4.

I can’t even come close to eating the whole thing so I pull off about 60% of the meat and save it for home.  Corned beef hash for breakfast??!  OKAY, if I must!  So dramatic.

The gravy fries were out of this world.  Could I pack anymore salt into one meal?  Probably not!  Don’t judge.  You should do the same.  The gravy was beefy and perfect.  I don’t eat gravy fries often, but these were probably the best I’ve had in a long time.

With only breakfast and lunch hours, I foresee myself taking another half day in the future!  You should too.

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pj mcintyre’s irish pub.

Corned beef.  Boxty.  Beer.  Seriously, what’s not to love about an Irish pub?

I had a LivingSocial deal for Pj McIntyre’s located in West Park/Kamm’s Corner area.  Walked out stuffed and with enough food for 6 more meals.  Not kidding.  $30 through LivingSocial (but I paid $13) sure went a long way.

We ordered the reuben dip appetizer.  OMG.  This is the best thing ever.  It came with boxty chips.  I knew what boxty was, wasn’t sure what boxty chips were.  Ummm.  Eat these.  It’s like they made boxty then instead of cooking them on a griddle they were fried.  They are spongy yet crispy and phenomenal.  The dip itself was so-so, good but more cheesy than anything else and the flavor of the sauerkraut was lost.

2015/01/img_3206.jpgThe item on the menu we wanted the most was the stuffed boxty.  It was a GIANT boxty stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese.  Probably 3 inches thick.  It was intimidating.  After being blown away by the boxty chips, I wasn’t all that impressed with the actual boxty.  It also came paired with a dip that was horseradish based, I would have better liked a thousand island sauce.  Not saying it wasn’t good, just didn’t compare to the chips.  Their corned beef is tender and flavorful.

Our waitress was fun and charming.  We enjoyed our overall experience at this place.  Will definitely look for another livingsocial deal.  Can’t beat 8 meals for $17 + tip!

samosky’s pizza.

Hands down favorite specialty pizza.  No hesitation.  Philly cheesesteak pizza, all the way.

I have ordered from this place a few dozen times since first trying it 2 summers ago.  I have exposed 98 people (estimation) and got them all hooked.  They then spread the word.  I now have to wait 1.5 hours for a take out order.  I should get a marketing bonus!  (Yes, I am saying their entire success is because of me.  bold.  self-centered.  I know.)

Samosky’s Pizza is located in the small town of Valley City, which is in the middle of nothing Medina County. Wherever you’re from, it’s worth the drive.

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Of course I ordered the largest size of our favorite that I could, Philly cheesesteak pizza.  It has an alfredo sauce, Swiss-American cheese, Philly steak meat,  green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and some salt and pepper.  I don’t think I can even do justice to try and explain how these flavors come together to create the best pizza of all time! 🙂  The crust is garlicky and perfect.

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I decided to try a pizza I have never tried before, another one of their award winning pies, the heartacado.  This comes topped with alfredo sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese, guacamole, artichokes. black olives, onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, basil and oregano.  I was nervous about trying this since it’s an unusual mixture but it was amazing.  Even the meat loving neighbor boys said they loved it.

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See that piece missing?  Yeah, that was ate by me in the car on the drive home.  It smelled so good.  I couldn’t wait any longer!  Oooops.

I have worked my way through their pizza menu but can’t say a word about the rest of their food.  I always say I’m going to start trying it but when I go it’s because I’m craving this pizza.