Steep your brain with flavorful promises of a menu to plot out an early-morning caffeine infusion, mid-day lunch treat, or late night drive-by brainwiring. Phoenix's coffees are brewed fresh from their very own beans, so have a cup of old-school joe to return to the café's roots (up to $1.70), or punch your taste buds with the devil's brew (coffee with a shot of espresso, up to $2.50). Chug their namesake with a cup of Café Phoenix, a mocha made with their signature locally produced chocolate syrup and an extra shot of espresso ($3.60), or hammer your endocrine system with the indulgent excesses of their Stuporball—two kinds of custom-blended coffee, two different chocolate syrup infusions, and an extra shot of espresso (up to $4). Tea lovers get some love at Phoenix, too—premium oolong, white, and select black or green tea varieties are available iced or hot (up to $2.40), while the house-made artisan Chai latte arrives steamed and creamy (up to $3.20). You can also upgrade to larger drinks and pay the difference.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
The North Union Farmers Market began in 1995 as a small market—back then, more than 500 hungry customers shopped the stalls of only six local farmers. Today, the market coordinates eight certified-producer farmers’ markets around Cleveland, allowing farmers to sell their products—from fresh, seasonal produce to meat, syrup, eggs, and dairy—directly to residents. The planet-friendly concept reduces the energy used for transportation and maximizes the freshness of the food.
Metropolitan Market is a locally-owned-and-operated market that's been serving up stupendous cuts of meat and freshly delivered seafood to the Cleveland area since 2003. Both uncooked and prepared foods are available for culinary captains and last-minute party-planners alike. Menus shift weekly, but you'll always find a variety of meat and seafood, as well as specialty foods such as frozen soups and pastas, dips, side salads, and more. If it's sea-meat you're craving, pick up walleye filets ($16.99 per pound) or Bay of Fundy salmon ($12.99 per pound) for a feast fresh from the earth's tear ducts. Get a USDA Prime aged signature sirloin steak ($12.99 per pound), and truss that mighty meal up with shiitake mushrooms ($9.99 per pound) or peaches and creamed corn ($4.99 per bag). Mop up whatever's left on the plate with a French dinner roll ($5.99 per dozen).
La Plaza Supermarket bursts with a full-service butcher and bakery. From the deli, generous portions of braised pork satiate hunger pangs in the carnitas ($5.29/lb.). Scents of cinnamon and sugar waft from the on-site bakery's popular churros (less than $0.85 each), one of many Mexican pastries prepared daily. Celebrate fiestas with special-order and premade pastel leches cakes ($35 for a 14") or an assortment of piñatas. The staff at La Plaza Supermarket prides itself on friendly customer service and is always eager to answer customers' questions about Latin cuisine and the economic principles of Guyana.
Raddell's Sausage Shop, a four-time winner of the Polka Hall of Fame's People's Choice Award, boasts three generations of Slovenian sausage-making experience and more than 50 varieties of sausage. Enliven a party with a variety of smoked sausages ($4.79/lb. loose; $4.89/lb. vacuum-packed), such as andouille, hungarian, polish, or the popular slovenian, appreciated for their varying assortments of spices and encyclopedic knowledge of knots. Grills, broilers, and well-aimed magnifying glasses will gleefully roast Raddell's selection of fresh sausages ($3.79/lb.), including the classic bratwurst, the lithuanian, and the fresh garlic slovenian.