While we still have a way to go until Fish Fry season (the most wonderful time of the year in Parma), we have a beautiful fall clambaking month in front of us. And Parma offers some nice choices.
So what’s with the clambakes anyway?
New England Native American tribes actually cooked clams and lobster in pits of sand for thousands of years. The pilgrims eventually picked up this delicious process.
While other areas like Boston and New York have clambakes in late summer, Northeast Ohio is considered the fall clambake capital of the country. But who wants to eat steamy clams in the heat of summer? Some attribute our clambake frenzy to Cleveland’s roots as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, thinking New England’s taste for clams just followed. Clevelanders have follow the tradition of hosting clam bakes at least as far back as the mid-1800s.
But however the tradition started, all agree it’s about getting together to eat and have a good time with family and friends. So here are some local options we found. If you know of others, please share and we’ll add them!
Stancato’s October 6, 13 and 20
Stancato’s is kicking off clambake season by offering a buffet on Saturdays. The buffet includes clam broth, chicken, mussels, potatoes, sausage and peppers, corn, linguine and clam sauce, clam chowder and lobster bisque. You also get a dozen clams for a total of $26.99. Stancatos also made Cleveland.com’s list of Cleveland clambakes to visit this fall.
Gen’s 176 Bar & Grille October 13
This Broadview bar is offering its first clambake. Each dinner comes with an appetizers, mushrooms, rice, choice of potato, corn, soup and a dozen clams. Then choose to bake with steak for $25 or chicken for $23. Extra clams and mussels are also available. You must come to the bar to purchase tickets in advance.
Yorktown Lanes October 20
In conjunction with the Hunter Station Sportsman’s Club, Yorktown Lanes is offering its sixth clambake. We have to say, this is some good bang for your buck. Get two dozen clams, chowder, clam broth, salad, rolls, ½ roasted chicken, sweet potato, corn on the cob, steamed mussels, assorted veggies and desserts for $35. Draft beer, coffee and soda are also included! There’s also a cash bar for other alcoholic beverages. Doors open at 6pm and dinner starts at 7pm. Contact Yorktown lanes to buy tickets.
Rookies and Parma Animal Shelter October 21
Eat for a good cause at Rookie’s while benefiting the Parma Animal Shelter in their “clambark.” For $35, get a dozen clams, clam broth, 1/4 chicken, sweet potato, sweet corn, coleslaw and rolls. Rookies will also have $2 beer and drink specials. Ticket sales end October 12, so get yours at the Parma Animal Shelter, Rookies or online (online add $3 ticket charge).
UAYA-Club Odessa October 27
The Ukrainian American Youth Association (up the hill near Pleasant Valley and Ridge) is hosting a clambake, offering half a chicken for $20 or whole for $25. Extra clams are available and the Ukrainian pub offers alcohol. Visit the club to buy tickets, or call (440) 289-9600.
American Legion Post 703 November 10
The American Legion on York Rd. is hosting a bake for those with busy October schedules. Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner at 5:30 pm (or when the clams open). For $30 you get 1/2 baked chicken, 2 dozen middle neck clams, a yam, sweet corn, clam broth, New England clam chowder, mussels, dinner roll and a dessert. Additional clams are $6.50 per dozen. There will be music, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are available in the canteen, advance sales only.
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