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!

2015 must-eats.

I like eating.  Maybe you noticed. Restaurants are really fun.  People cooking for me is awesome.

But writing 2015 is weird.

Anyways… This is a list of Cleveland-area restaurants I want to dine at in 2015:

1. Happy Dog: DIY gourmet hot dogs?  Sign me up.

2. Pier W:  Just the view alone is a reason to check it out.

3. Crust: I’ve heard legends about the size of their pizza slices.

4. Treamont Tap House: I’ve read great things about the food and large beer selections.

5. Lucky’s Café: They are known for their breakfasts, even Guy Fieri visited.

6. Merwin’s Wharf: The metroparks opened a restaurant overlooking the Cuyahoga River.

7. Dina’s Pizza & Pub: I haven’t been to this place in probably 20 years and that is not ok.

8. Sokoloswski’s University Inn: Authentic Polish food in a restaurant that’s been around since 1923!

9. Barroco: Because I need an arepas in my life.

10. Geraci’s Restaurant: Making pizzas since 1956, again Guy Fieri even visited.

Of course all of this will be done while sticking to my debt plan of yesterday.  I have 12 months to dine at 10 restaurants of all different price points.

Here’s to hoping I make it through it all.  Any other local suggestions?

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!