The President's Corner
Recently, on a Saturday evening my wife and I were having dinner at the new Cancun Mexican Restaurant on Ridge Road near Pleasant Valley. Needless to say, the food, drinks and help were muy bueno. What concerned me was that the place was not packed. In a city of nearly 90,000 residents, surely we can support a great local business like the Cancun.
Further, on a recent drive to Indianapolis for a professional conference, one of my colleagues and fellow Parma resident, Dan Reynolds, asked me what I thought are the best restaurants are in Parma. What I found in our conversation is that, like my wife and I, Dan and his wife, Allison, prefer to patronize our Parma restaurants.
Both of the events above prompted this month’s President’s Corner. To make it short, it is important for us to patronize our local Parma restaurants. Below is a run down of some of the great eateries that my family and I frequent. I apologize in advance for any great places left out. I only have so much space. In fact, if you have a favorite, I invite you to write and submit a review to the Parma Observer for publication in a future edition. That is one of the many beauties of the Observer!
Let’s begin with breakfast. When I moved to Parma back in the early 1990s, my in-laws introduced me to Victoria’s Deli on Ames Road (near the Fox and Hound and Fitworks). Over the years Victoria’s has become a Brennan family staple. Great prices, a kind staff and tasty food make for a great breakfast before work or after Church. I recommend their potato pancakes with sour cream. However, no matter what you select, you will not be disappointed.
For lunch there is always Sittoo’s on Ridge Road across from St. Charles Church. Their business special gives you a great sampling of their unique Lebanese fare, including shish kabob, kafta kabob, chicken shawarma and falafel served with rice, salad and pita.
Close to Sittoo’s is the Little Polish Diner. Like the others establishments mentioned, it is locally owned and operated. Who does not love pierogis, cabbage and noodles, stuffed cabbage, beef stroganoff, beef goulash, schnitzel and smoked kielbasa. Thanks to the Jon and Zofia Holt, owners of the Diner, you do not have to wait for St. Vladimir’s or St. Josaphat’s annual summer festivals for these hearty dishes.
Finally, for dinner there are numerous great choices in Parma. One of my favorites, like many of you and Drew Carey (who flies their pizzas all the way to Hollywood!), is Antonio’s located in the soon-to-be renovated Shoppes at Parma (formerly Parmatown Plaza). Our favorite: Antonio’s pepperoni pizza and their signature salad and dressing.
A list of other local favorites includes Vivo on Ridge Road, Verso on Broadview Road (Councilman Brian Day and his wife, Colleen’s, favorite place), Outback Steakhouse (they have an excellent $10 dinner takeout which is perfect for busy families), the Fox and Hound on Day Drive, Corleon’s on Broadview, Anthony’s on Pleasant Valley, Olive Garden and Red Lobster on Day Drive, P Jay’s Pizza on Ridge, the Tradesman’s Tavern on State, China Express on Ridge, Stancato’s on State, Parma Tavern on Broadview, Das Schnitzel Haus on Pearl, the Hot Dog Diner on Pearl, Chiptole at the Shoppes and Steak ‘n Shake on Day (our teenage son’s favorite hangout).
I hope that you find my column helpful and informative, especially if you are like Deena and I when faced with the difficult question, “Where do you want to eat?” If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at (440) 885-8091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for doing your part to support our local economy and have a great Thanksgiving!
Parma City Council President